With the song of the birds for pardon
And the joy of the flowers for mirth
One is nearer God's heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.
Back in 1972 when James and I moved into the family homestead in Valley Falls, a cast
iron plaque with the above verse had a prominent spot in one of the many garden areas
on our newly acquired property. When we bought our home on Greenland Circle in 1998,
our garden plaque came with us and has always had a special place in our backyard garden
where I could view it from my kitchen window, a constant reminder of how fortunate I am
to have gardening in my blood!
From 1998 until 2003 when we sold our home in New York and permanently moved to the
Cape, maintaining gardens at both homes proved to be a challenge. We had to resort to
low maintenance gardening. Knowing we would soon be selling our home in Valley Falls,
we eagerly embarked upon planning and planting a new backyard garden at our home on
the Cape. On the morning of 9/11/01 James and I were enthusiastically planting our new
garden here in East Dennis. We were so involved with our planting project and unaware of
the world events taking place until we drove down our street and noticed flags at half-mast.
From that day on I have always referred to our back-yard garden as our "911 Garden".
This past winter I enrolled in the "Backyard Gardening" course sponsored by Cooperative Extension. For a period of eight weeks I was
exposed to a wonderful opportunity to enrich my knowledge of gardening. I looked forward to Friday afternoons when our three-hour
class would meet. Every week several Master Gardeners would each present an interesting program inspiring me to want to get out into
my garden. So when at last I was able to get out and actually work in my garden in April, I was raring to go!
I look upon a garden as a work in progress and anticipate making changes in the master plan on a regular basis. Every year we have
added perennials, shrubs and trees. We have transplanted plants from one area of the yard to another. We transformed a skeleton of
a garden to one that is so full of plantings. This past spring as I