“One of the interesting things about this yard is that it is so shady,” said Holly. “You are limited as to what plants will do well. The Master Gardener program was on my bucket list. After he retired, we decided to do it together.”
“It’s fun to work with the plants,” said Phil, retired from American Playground. “It’s creative and when you retire you need a passion of some kind.”
To receive credit for the program, each participant must plan a project that meets certain criteria. Phil and Holly wanted to work together, so their professor insisted their project be substantial. They transformed a nearby cul-de-sac that was ragged and forlorn into a beautiful oasis.
“Neighbors we didn’t know very well stopped to say how very pleased they were,” said Holly. “Someone brought a hasta, someone else brought a fern, and some have helped spread mulch and weed.”
“When you work to make things beautiful, it’s contagious,” said Phil.
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Break-out box (0103):After Holly Miller's mother passed away unexpectedly, she used a small piece of her inheritance to create this garden. Previously she could get nothing to grow in this area and knew she needed professional help. "I wanted to do something with the money that would matter and bring her to my mind often," said Holly. "So I hired Greg Actis (landscape architect) to build this and he did a great job."