- Last Updated on 07:35 AM 05/20/11
- BY Katherine Lee Francis
QVC landscape designer Phillip Watson was in town Wednesday helping the Halifax Woman’s Club raise funds for their annual scholarship.
Approximately 200 people attended a luncheon at The Prizery to hear the featured guest speaker, a Mississippi native and landscape designer who has been a regular fixture on QVC for 16 years.
Even though he is not from the area, Watson has local ties through Alease Fisher Tallman, daughter of South Boston resident Flora Osborne.
Watson told about his ventures with QVC including late night calls from ladies who have had “too much to drink.”
He also told a story about a lady who called him up one night and said she had decided she had to marry him, but there was one problem, she was married, and her husband was in the other room.
On a more serious note related to landscaping, Watson explained how important patterns are to gardens and landscapes and how important it is to make sure not only the borders look good, but the inside of the gardens as well.
The landscape designer told luncheon guests, “I love using heirloom plants.” He said they inspire him and remind him of “old relatives.”
Throughout Watson’s presentation he showed pictures of various gardens and landscapes he had designed over the years including one at Tommy Hilfiger’s home.
He said Hilfiger was so impressed by his work he decided to shoot his upcoming fashion shoot in the gardens.
As Watson spoke, several guests thumbed through a copy of his book entitled “Pleasure Gardens.”
Watson said, “I named my book “Pleasure Gardens” because gardens do bring us pleasure.”
After Watson explained to attendants about what he does with his gardens and landscapes and how to improve their own, those attending enjoyed a lunch while mingling with the special guest.
Money raised by this event will benefit the Halifax Woman’s Club scholarship.