How a Garden Can Invite Community

Our front garden has been our creative and emotional oasis this past year, both for us and our neighbors. Our Free Little Library receives many visitors, who both borrow and donate books. Our rotating art gallery delights pedestrians, delivery people, and drivers who catch a glimpse and stop to look. The bucket of chalk has inspired all ages to draw pictures and words on the sidewalk (and the picket fence). And the bench at the end of our front walkway provides a resting spot for walkers, including four regular visitors. Twice a day, an elderly man stops for a rest on his twice-daily walks. His helper asked Bill if it was okay to sit in our garden and he said, of course, and so we often see the man at the end of the walkway and his helper on the bench in the garden. We can hear their cheerful arrival. And then about 10 minutes later, they continue on their walk. Every few days, a nanny stops to take a rest on the bench at the end of the walkway, with a young child in a stroller. You will catch glimpses of the above in the photos below:

man on bench at end of walkway

Helper adjusting cushion

Resting on cushion 🙂

Wildflower seed paper really works! A fun and easy way to plant wildflowers.

Fence pickets are perfect height for little children

July’s art gallery with Suzanne DeCuir’s paintings. Watch our 9-minute film about her work on this website (free stream), under Films. Watch for free on Vimeo. Visit Suzanne DeCuir’s website:

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