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In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens

Updated on November 8, 2014
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Through meditation and an eclectic spiritual journey, Kathryn learned from many teachers throughout her life, finding peace begins at home

Spring border in my mother's garden
Spring border in my mother's garden | Source

A stroll with Alice Walker in my mother's garden

Welcome! This page may always be a work in progress for my mother, at 91, is not nearly finished with her gardens, and I, at 66, am not nearly finished with her.

Nor am I finished with Alice Walker's collection of essays, In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens.

Here you will find plenty of pretty pictures of my mom's gardens, and no paucity of wisdom from the venerable Miss Walker.

But my intent in writing this page is to delve a bit, as Miss Walker has, as my mother has, into the juxtaposition of all that forms and binds and is beautiful and decays and must be discarded and returns to the earth.

Not that I could ever, in a million years accomplish that, hence the perpetual work in progress.

So welcome! Come on in. Walk the twisting paths of my mother's garden with me. Join me in delving a bit deeper into the wisdom of one of the finest writers ever to come from American soil.

Mom's hand-dug pond

Two of Mom's great grandchildren playing near the pond she dug herself and filled with buckets of water she had to carry the equivalent of a city block, all after she retired
Two of Mom's great grandchildren playing near the pond she dug herself and filled with buckets of water she had to carry the equivalent of a city block, all after she retired | Source

Mom dug this pond herself, by hand, with a pick and a shovel. She carted all the dirt and rocks to other places in the garden, wherever it needed a little more soil or some stones to pave a path or protect a border.

In the beginning, there was no water on this part of the property, so she filled the pond with buckets of water she carried, one by one, the length of a football field.

The girls? They are two of her great grandchildren, little when this was taken, all grown up now.

With gratitude

To my sister, Evelyn, who year after year finds inspiration in our mother's garden and photographs it so beautifully.

Red Tail Hawk flying into the giant ponderosa just out of view

Red tail hawk swooping into the woods behind the wild-flower meadow
Red tail hawk swooping into the woods behind the wild-flower meadow | Source

This land was hard-packed farm land when Mom and Dad retired to it. Conventionally farmed for decades, the soil had no life in it, no organic matter.

For the first five years, Mom and Dad worked compost into the soil, planting anything that would grow. Dad's realm was vegetables, Mom's flowers.

Their lives revolved around the seasons, the weather, and whether there would be enough water left after the farmers had their share to keep the gardens alive in the hottest months of the year.

What is always needed in the appreciation of art, or life, is the larger perspective. Connections made, or at least attempted, where none existed before, the straining to encompass in one's glance at the varied world the common thread, the unifying theme through immense diversity, a fearlessness of growth, of search, of looking, that enlarges the private and the public world.

— Alice Walker in "Saving the Life that is Your Own"

In Search of Our Mother's Gardens - by Alice Walker

The quotations throughout this page are from Alice Walker's book, In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose. Like my mother all of my life, Alice Walker has been, throughout much of my adult life, my teacher, role model, sometimes savior, and always inspiration.

Without the two of them, I may not have survived.

I give gratitude for their patience, courage, will, persistence and love--the love of a mother for her child and the love of a woman for her world, however painful she may find it at times.

In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose
In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose

Growing up in the South, Alice Walker felt the backlash of discrimination. Thanks to the "good ladies of the church," and to three gifts from her mother, she escaped the dead-end life society prescribed, got an education and never stopped learning.

During the Civil Rights strife, she risked her life, met her husband and gave birth to her daughter Rebecca. This collection of essays offers a highly personal glimpse into the very personal life and mind of one of the most beloved authors of our time.

 

Swaths of color greeted us all summer long

Wherever we lived, Mom always had bachelor buttons in her garden, as she does to this day
Wherever we lived, Mom always had bachelor buttons in her garden, as she does to this day | Source

We moved a lot, growing up, and Mom and Dad always had a garden. Summer was a time of bounty, at the table, and in nearly every room of the house, where, on sweltering days, colorful bouquets cooled our fevered minds if not our bodies.

When it got too hot in the house, we would go outside and lie among the flowers. In the shade of a big elm tree, usually, for there were still plenty of elms back then, we would suck on cool stems of grass and drink iced tea.

You can still get plenty of iced tea and cool shady bowers on a summer's eve in Mom's gardens, where she is always more herself than perhaps any place on earth.

And when I listen to my mother tell and retell this story I find that the white woman's vindictiveness is less important than Aunt Mandy's resourceful generosity or my mother's ready stand of corn. For their lives were not about that pitiful example of Southern womanhood, but about themselves.

— Alice Walker in "The Black Writer and the Southern Experience"

The front gardens follow the lane

The front gardens provide cut flowers and pounds and pounds of fresh vegetables
The front gardens provide cut flowers and pounds and pounds of fresh vegetables | Source

Dad had three vegetable gardens: This large one, surrounded by the curvy lane and Mom's borders, and two in the back, up the hill. Nothing pleased him more than bringing in a bushel of corn, "cukes," string beans and "'maters." But I think he enjoyed Mom's bouquets as much as she did, never failing to point out something new that was blooming when his children or grandchildren visited.

Now he's gone, the vegetable garden is relegated to a small raised bed by the kitchen door, easy for mom to grow a few tomato plants and the fresh herbs she loves--dill, sweet parsley, garlic, thyme. Now all the gardens are my mothers outdoor rooms.

I felt, on the first day before my class, as if the room were full of my mothers.

— Alice Walker in "'But Yet and Still the Cotton Gin Kept on working ...'"

Spring daisies with purple Iris

Marguerites and purple flags
Marguerites and purple flags | Source

Mom calls these white daisies Margeurites and the iris Flags.

One time, in the dead of winter, we moved to a trailer court instead of to a house. No garden. Not even a flower bed. Mom pined for spring and for spring flowers, so for her birthday that year, which falls in May, I went to the only florist in town and asked them for a bouquet of iris.

After considerable persuading, and a promise to pay double the cost of a usual bouquet, I was rewarded. The proprietor told me to come back after lunch. I did, and she had a huge vase of irises in almost every shade and color. Boy, were they fragrant!

Years later, I married and, as luck would have it, moved into a home across the street from that same florist. When spring came, a few iris bloomed in her yard, but in mine! Well, I tell you. We had an entire garden that was nothing but iris, in every shade and color. Turns out, I now owned the garden from which my mother's soul-saving iris had come when I was still a teenager.


Yet so many of the stories that I write, that we all write, are my mother's stories.

— Alice Walker in "In Search of our Mothers' Gardens"

Purple and white daisies in the wildflower meadow

Purple and white daisies in the wildflower meadow
Purple and white daisies in the wildflower meadow | Source

The first year they moved to "the ranch," as we call the small acreage on which Mom and Dad retired, Mom scattered a bucket of wildflower seed in the meadow below Dad's garden and just in front of the woods. That first spring and summer, it was a riot of color and diversity, but each year the meadow changes, as different wildflowers come to the fore and others recede.

My mother's voice is in the gardens she tends so lovingly. "Grow, little plant," she says, patting the earth tenderly around a seedling. "It's up to you now. I've done what I can."

"What shall I talk about?" I asked. To which Charles replied, "Oh, let me see: The War, Poverty, The Plight of women, Your Own Writing, Your Life, or How Things Were When You Were at Sarah Lawrence. ... It needn't be anything fancy, or long."

— Alice Walker in "A Talk: Convocation 1972"

The rock garden terrace

A glimpse of the terraced rock garden my uncle helped Mom build as a special gift to her
A glimpse of the terraced rock garden my uncle helped Mom build as a special gift to her | Source

My uncle, a botanist, visits the ranch often. One year, he helped my mom lay this beautiful terrace down the hillside behind the house.

Quaking aspens and white pines bordered the top of the hill, their leaves rustling sweetly whenever the slightest breeze slipped along the curving edge.

Dad planted raspberries on the level. Mom planted lilies and strawberries and dozens of curious little plants among the rocks, so that, when mature, they cascaded down the sides.


Whatever she planted grew as if by magic, and her fame as a grower of flowers spread over three counties. Because of her creativity with her flowers, even my memories of poverty are seen through a screen of blooms--sunflowers petunias, roses, dahlias, forsythia, spirea, delphiniums, verbena ... and on and on.

— Alice Walker in "In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens"

Black-eyed Susans and the heat of summer

Black-eyed Susans in the wildflower meadow
Black-eyed Susans in the wildflower meadow | Source

In the heat and dust of summer, when water is scarce, the black-eyed Susans reflect the sun's golden hue right back at her, and though we may taste dust walking the unpaved lane, we give gratitude for their shining faces turned eagerly, it seems, toward their mother.


In the cities it cannot be so clear to one that he is a creature of the earth, feeling the soil between the toes, smelling the dust thrown up by the rain, loving the earth so much that one longs to taste it and sometimes does.

— Alice Walker in "In Search of our Mothers' Gardens"

Mom with her beloved irises

Mom with her beloved irises
Mom with her beloved irises | Source

I hope you enjoyed this stroll through Mom's gardens

Do you have a favorite garden? Or memories of childhood gardens?

Where is your favorite garden?

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      @delia-delia: Thank you. Now in her nineties, she is much more limited in what she can do and misses it terribly, but she keeps her hand in as much as she is physically able.

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      Delia 2 years ago

      This garden is a beautiful work of art! Your mothers Love will always be seen through this...I'm glad she is able to still do a little gardening...so special!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @sha-ron: Thank you! Yes, about three acres all told, if I remember correctly, and Mom had lots of garden "rooms" all around the house and down into the woods. She can't get to all of them any longer, so she mostly gardens close to the house, but still has a lot of perennials that bloom gorgeously ever year. Thank you for visiting.

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      sha-ron 3 years ago

      What a beautiful lens, and many lovely pictures of your mothers garden it is a credit to you all. Must be pretty big garden with lot of work too.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @Lady Lorelei: Thank you. Dad is long gone, and Mom can't get around in her gardens well any longer, but she still manages an hour so a day during good weather. Thank you for visiting.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      What an amazing legacy your mom and dad will leave behind for others to enjoy. Their wilderness garden is beautiful.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @jmchaconne: Oh, yes, could not go into the garden without the salt shaker. Thank you for visiting and especially thank you for sharing a bit of your own memories.

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      jmchaconne 3 years ago

      My grandmothers vegetable garden, picking beetles off the tomatoes! My reward, an endless supply sun warmed luscious tomatoes whenever I wanted. Always carried my salt shaker! Thanks for the memories!

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      @kmhrsn: You are most welcome. Thank you for the visit.

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      kmhrsn 4 years ago

      How beautiful. The flowers, the story, the pictures, the love. Thank you for writing it.

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      Loraine Brummer 4 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Beautiful photos and beautiful article. A great way to start my day!!

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      @evelynsaenz1: Don't you love perennials? They make a yard so colorful, with little extra work once established. Thank you for dropping by my mother's garden.

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      Evelyn Saenz 4 years ago from Royalton

      When I moved into my house it had very few perennials growing. Since then I have planted more and more each year. Now the house is becoming surrounded with flowers.

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      @Mamabyrd: Thank you so much for your sweet comment. Makes my day!

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      Mamabyrd 4 years ago

      Beautiful photos!! I'm am planting a garden with my daughters for the first time this year. Your lens nearly moved me to tears! Great job!

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      laurenrich 4 years ago

      This lens is awesome. It has such lovely pictures and it is relaxing to look at them. Thanks for sharing.

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      @Ruthi: Thank you so much! It is a delight to see you here.

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      @MJ Martin: You are welcome, and I thank you for your kind thoughts and for visiting my mom's garden.

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      @NausetViews: I'm with you in dreaming of a beautiful garden of my own. City living is wonderful for so many reasons, but I do miss my gardens! Thank you for visiting my mom's garden today.

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      @Paul Ward: Thank you Paul!

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      Paul 4 years ago from Liverpool, England

      This is wonderful on several levels: Blessed with pleasure

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      Kristen 4 years ago from Boston

      Absolutely beautiful! I would love to have a beautiful garden some day. Right now I don't have the space, or time for one. My mother and sister have great gardens, so I get to enjoy their gardens in the meantime.

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Washington State

      Wow, this beautiful tribute brought tears to my eyes. Both of my grandmothers had wonderful flower gardens full of love and surprise much as you described. Alas, my flower attempts pale in comparison. I so admire flower gardens. Wonderful lens, a peaceful meditation, for me this morning, thanks.

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      I so enjoyed taking a stroll with you through the gardens of your Mother's life and was delighted to see the photo of your mom and her beloved irises. The inclusion of Alice Walker quotes add an extra touch of beauty and inspiration along the way. You have my blessing and a bit o' sunshine!

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      @anonymous: Thank you so much for visiting the page! The garden is all crispy and brown this time of year, but Mom has lots of yellow-twigged dogwood and the like to keep it interesting even in winter. Good luck with designing your garden. Perhaps you'll share it here as it grows.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just beautiful and inspirational! I hope to have my own garden like this one day, it is one of my dreams. Thanks for sharing such meaningful lens.

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      This is such a beautiful tribute to your mother, her wisdom and beauty, and the beauty she has brought into your landscape and lives. Blessed!

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      lilymom24 5 years ago

      What a beautiful lens and a lovely tribute to your mother.

      I have some nice memories of "helping" my grandfather in his vegetable garden when I was little. I probably wasn't a whole lot of help but we had a lot of fun and great memories.

      Thanks so much for sharing. =)

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      linkreggie 5 years ago

      very awesome lens.. I love the images you have posted at the same time the right up.. LIKED!

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      bikerministry 5 years ago

      Absolutely beautiful.

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      abb1fan 5 years ago

      What a beautiful lenses.

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      cleanyoucar 5 years ago

      Great lens well deserving of a purple star

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      What a beautiful lens ... loved the photos and your personal story, interspersed with Alice Walker quotes. The large vegetable garden reminded me of the one we had when I was a child. ~~Blessed~~

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      RachelDillin 5 years ago

      How beautiful! I remember my grandmother's vegetable garden and all the canning so we could have delicious veggies all winter.

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      joykennel 5 years ago

      Beautiful, what heart and love!! Fond memories of my mom and grandmother out digging (grandma always in a dress). Thanks for bringing back the smells...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A friend gave me some irises.Only one survived.It is in the dam next to our house ,far from the resident bush buck.Great lens .Have fond memories of my mothers and grandmothers gardens.Thanks .

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I don't have a garden but I like 19'th century Victorian gardens. They are pleasant places to sit down and de-stress. Add in some classical music and it's perfect.

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      jammarti 5 years ago

      Beautiful! The place looks relaxing and colorful garden of flowers.

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      Rock Artist 5 years ago

      When I was growing up I remember my best friend's mom had a beautiful garden in the backyard with a stone pathway and steps that led to different levels. I still remember being able to walk through and look at all the beautiful flowers.

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      Vlad 5 years ago from USA

      I'm not sure which garden is my favorite, but I like the organized ones for sure :)

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      NC Shepherd 5 years ago

      My favorite garden is still in my soul, waiting for a piece of ground to grow in. I dream of having flower gardens like this, full of old-fashioned favorites.

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      mel-kav 5 years ago

      Excellent lens!!! It looks beautiful. May you and your mom enjoy it for many more years to come. I love gardening too. I did a lens about my garden around my pool. It was little, but it surrounded the pool, and it was my paradise!

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      LasgalenArts 5 years ago

      I love any garden. I get quite attached to the ones I've grown at homes I've since left. I never miss the home... just the gardens.

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      djroll 5 years ago

      A beautiful lens. Voting it for LOTD. Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Las plantas silvestres son muy bonitas, sobre todo las que tienen flores, ,mis favoritas son las ortigas, los dientes de león y la lechugilla.

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      SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      In my case it was my father who created all the gardens we had when I was a child. Your writing and pictures bring back so many memories.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The Spring Gardening Showcase, a purple star and now front page honors....a delight to return with a flowery congratulations!

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      Nicole Pellegrini 5 years ago from New Jersey

      I have vivid memories of the beautiful gardens my mother created growing up. The tulips, daffodils and crocuses in the early spring, the peonies and irises and then the hostas and lilies...there's a story to tell in what happened to them, what she's since been able to bring back, and how it's so driving me to recreate some of those memories as I build a garden for my own home now.

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Yes, I remember our gardens in Ohio, they were beautiful in the Spring. Beautiful lens, Squid Angel blessed. This tribute to your Mother's Garden is just in time for Mother's Day. It made me think of my Mom, brought a little tear to my eye...must be my "Man-O-Pause,", ha!

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      Auntie-M LM 5 years ago

      What an elegant pairing of Alice Walker and your grandmother. My favorite garden is always the one I am in.

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      waldenthreenet 5 years ago

      Beautiful and healing garden. Congrads on your Squidoo level 61. Conversations among garden appreciation circle most valuable. Thanks.

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      theholidayplace 5 years ago

      I like my grandma's garden

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Lovely lens! Thanks for sharing both your family and the garden and bringing us more Alice Walker treasures. She has written several new books since I read her in my twenties. Angel Blessings to this lens!

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      I have memories of both grandmother's gardens and my mothers gardens. Although now at 81 Mom can tend all her gardens alone, she still loves to weed and work the soil, and she adds new plants each year. I got the bug for loving to garden when I was 3 ... and will have it forever. Lovely lens!

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      My garden is my favourite, but I do like your mother's garden and her vision, tenacity and toil. Spring Blessings to you all.

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      Budeni 5 years ago

      Awesome lens. The Purple Star is totally justified. :-)

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      rainbowbutterfl1 5 years ago

      This lens reminds me of my childhood :)...I love gardening and my best bonding moments with my mother too...

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      HERBMASTER 5 years ago

      Like the energy of this lens. I think I want to add some edible flowers to our garden.

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I sure enjoyed your mother's garden, what a lovely labor of love

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      Kittycheer 5 years ago

      I love this lens. I am a gardener and I build ponds and waterfalls. This so relates to my interests.

      Thanks

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      The Falcon Press 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Beautiful lens. I read Alice Walker's "In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens" in college several years back and that very book inspired me to write about my own garden and highlight my mother's uncanny ability to create simple yet stunning flower arrangements with whatever she picked from her garden. She's 85.

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      blazingzone lm 5 years ago

      It is really beautiful. Great lens

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      Ajeet 5 years ago

      Nice to see this lens featured on the homepage :) Congrats

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      Wow, this is a lovely tribute to your Mom and her gardens are spectacular!

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      What a beautiful lens. Your moms garden is lovely. Blessed!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I remember my grandmother's garden with a trellis archway to enter. She had the old-fashioned cottage style garden with snapdragons, batchelor buttons and butter-n-eggs. Enjoyed your page very much. My mother is about that age too.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      blessings and congratulations for winning the purple star. nice job and your garden is really marvellous. my garden was left behind in the philippines and malaysia. another small garden is here in austria.

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      Kathleen Hiler 5 years ago from Mountain Home

      I have memories of lilacs, tulips, and daffodils, and the forsythia from childhood..I thrill to think of them as spring comes into view..I love all flowers..love this sight..my own mother is gone and this"tribute" was very nice to read. Thank you much. Please take a look at the paragraph about when you married..it seems confusing? This is one of my fave lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I just knew this would be featured in the Spring Gardening Showcase...congratulations...wish I could bless it again!

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      kindoak 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens! I have just moved to a cabin I am renting where there is an old garden hidden away under all the overgrowth. Bit by bit it is coming to light again. Very interesting. You are fortunate to have such a garden to be in :)

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      Monica Ranstrom 5 years ago

      Such a lovely lens! My mother has a beautiful garden also - multiple gardens! And my dad has a veggie patch. Any time I call I get to hear the update of what is coming up and what is blooming. Love it!

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      peggygallyot 5 years ago

      my mum loved to plat too,She has green fingers but at ninty and partially blind she has to give it up.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My favorite garden is probably on Squidoo! All the articles I see about flowers, gardens, outdoor nature are priceless. *blessed by a squid angel*

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      My grandmother's garden. Long gone now but not forgotten. 5 acres of paths and benches and flowers and fruit trees and right in the middle a vegetable garden with vines growing up on the 5 foot fence that surrounded it.

      What a wonderfully full and sweet lens this is. d

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Congrats on your lovely new Purple Star! Very happy to see it. :-)

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      Didijudy 5 years ago from Canada

      Thank you for sharing your mom's garden with us; it's such a beautiful piece of art. Awesome lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Your mom's hand dug pond must be so special. Your father had three gardens...no small feat.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      The garden that in I'm is my favorite. I enjoy being with all things in nature. Thank you for this touching article.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Congratulations for being featured on Squidoo's 2012 Spring Gardening Showcase and Blessed by a fellow Gardener and Squidoo Angel

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Growing up I lived near a public garden and enjoyed many times there with my Mom. Beautiful lens and Angel Blessed!

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      Lauriej1 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens! I'm a big fan if Miss. Wlaker's poems and essays, and this one happens to be my favorite. The connection between your mother and "In Search of Our Mother's Gardens" was profoundly beautiful!

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      MBcandy 5 years ago

      So beautiful, thanks for sharing all these pics of your mom's garden.

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      What a beautiful and inspiring lens! Your mom is truly a great lady! God bless!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I was happily reading along and enjoying the sweetness...daisies are my favorite flower and then you drew tears when I read about your "soul saving" irises. I think gardening brings many through winters with a reason to live for. This may still be a work in progress for you but to me it is completely wonderful...and blessed. What an excellent way to fit in a book review, sweet!

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      MamaRuth 5 years ago

      Thank you for this beautiful lens. I loved the photographs as well as your descriptions. What a wonderfully original way to write about both gardens and Alice Walker's book.

      I'm currently taking some baby steps at creating a cottage style garden. In my mind it is quite beautiful, but the vision and the reality are still far apart.

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      The smell of heather in the garden. Beautiful photos--great extracts and what a lens

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Yes, we just finished landscaping ours in a property in the Philippines where it is easy for us to maintain when we are away. We are only there a short time each year but it is a joy.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi, I'm from Estonia and I have got a big garden, too. I really love your mother's garden. Don't know why but watching those pictures made me very emotional, cannot hold back tears. It brings back lots of memories from my childhood and funny, even though your garden is in America, it is very similar to country gardens in my homeland. Well done!

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      sidther lm 5 years ago

      This is such a beautiful lens! I am not familiar with Alice Walker but your Mom's garden is just amazing! Your writing, your Sister's photography and your Mom's beautiful garden are the perfect combination! I would love to try a rock garden terrace someday.

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      GaelicForge 5 years ago

      In my front yard..... constantly changing, never enough, exuberant in our quest for the simple beauty of this gift....

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      AlexBooth 5 years ago

      Fantastic Lense, really well written with some fantastic photos

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      What a lovely and joyful lens to walk through your Mother's garden.

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      Outstanding. We've actually taken some plants with us over the years as we've moved from house to house - many of which came from gardens of family and friends. Must read this book too. Blessed and featured on my "Wing-ing it on Squidoo" page. Thank you so much for sharing this.

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      dwnovacek 5 years ago

      A beautiful lens and a wonderful narrative. Thank you for sharing. Angel Blessed!

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      In my own yard.

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      tyrosine 5 years ago

      awwww this is so heart warming! look it as I read through your lens :)

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      suzy-t 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this story. Your mother is an inspiration to all. The garden is also quite spectacular. I am not familiar with Alice Walker's books but will definitely read her in the future. Blessed...

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Lovely garden. I do remember raiding my aunt's garden and picked the prettiest flowers for my mother. Angel Blessings**

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      Titia Geertman 5 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      WOW, your story made me forget I'm actually sitting at my computer. I was just strolling along in your mom's garden and I definitely must get my hands on some Alice Walker books. I have a feeling I'm gonna like them a lot. Thanks so much for making my evening a bright one.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Oh... this lens takes my breath away (and then the spirit of it does the breathing for me). I am deeply moved by the beauty and grace of everything that sings here. Irises. For me, it is always about irises. They are the flower of my soul. Such joy to discover irises when moving to a new place. I have found them at each of my homes and rejoiced in the woman who planted them long before I arrived (as if she knew in some special way that I would need them upon my arrival). I cannot even express how much this work of art has moved me. Blessed and nominated in more ways than one. Thank you for this exquisite gift.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I thoroughly enjoyed this lens. What a lovely property & lovely mom. My mom is also 89, & I'm definitely not finished with her yet either! Your writing is very good, too, almost poetic. Thanks for a great lens.

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Very nice lens. it was a joy to walk through your mothers garden. Love the rock garden terrace. Thank for sharing. Blessed

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      BeyondRoses 5 years ago

      Wonderful interlacing, of your mother, and Alice Walker's, "In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens" -- Sweet story, and lovely photos. I adore a sweeping landscape covered in flowers. Delightful!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a moving lens - the combination of Alice Walker and your mother's garden is so moving.

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      jolou 5 years ago

      Beautifully written lens and lovely photos.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Well, it wasn't *my* garden, but across from the home I lived in during my high school years, on The Hill in Woodstock, Connecticut, was what I remember in my mind's eye as a full lot of daffodils, all King Alfreds. And that was the time of my favorite movie, Dr. Zhivago, and its mesmerizingly breathtaking scene, shot from daffodil height then panned upward and beyond, of the endless flower bed of King Alfreds, which have become a source of calm and reassurance for me my whole life.

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing all these beautiful photo of flowers in your mother's garden and sharing the stories that go with them. Beautifully done!

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Your mother's garden is beautiful. I have lot of plants in my gardens that were given as cutting and divisions from family and friends, and they are a comforting reminder of many who are no longer with us.

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