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Image If the shoe fits, fill it with flowers...
By Sharon Brown on April 15, 2010

It was May, 2008 when we lost a dear Dave's Garden friend who lived in Alaska. Several of us had known Carol Eads very well through her posts on DG, and our hearts were hurting when she passed. But the story does not end there. I traveled to Alaska to build a Memory Garden for Carol, and in doing so, I discovered a whole new world filled with wonderful people and unusual things....here's my story.

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ImageKatg
Apr 14, 2010 10:22 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
I got goosebumps reading your beautiful article Sharon. I wish I had of had the opportunity to have met Carol on Dave's Garden, but you have so captured her spirit here! I am very honored that you would share this beautiful story with me.

Thank-you Friend...

Kathy
ImageSharon
Apr 14, 2010 10:29 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
My pleasure, Kathy.
It's just a thank you for giving us such a lovely Cubit to enjoy.
ImageTrisha_S
Apr 14, 2010 10:41 PM CST
Name: Trisha
Washington State
You can do almost anything for 15 m
I agree.Thank you so much for sharing Carol's Garden with us. I would love to have known her.
It is never too late to be
What you might have been.
~George Eliot
ImageSharon
Apr 14, 2010 10:47 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Thanks Trisha.
You would have loved her. She was one of a kind, and I guess I'll miss her forever.

Here's the chair she built and attached it to the tree.

Thumbnail by Sharon

ImageTrisha_S
Apr 14, 2010 10:53 PM CST
Name: Trisha
Washington State
You can do almost anything for 15 m
Ohh, I love that!!
It is never too late to be
What you might have been.
~George Eliot
ImageSharon
Apr 14, 2010 11:00 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Forgot to mention that was one of her 'bonsai' trees. Look at the base of the trunk. Here's another one.

Thumbnail by Sharon

ImageTrisha_S
Apr 14, 2010 11:10 PM CST
Name: Trisha
Washington State
You can do almost anything for 15 m
I do like strange root formations.... Thumbs up
It is never too late to be
What you might have been.
~George Eliot
Imagequilter5
Apr 15, 2010 6:23 AM CST
Name: Barb Jenkins
Hillsborough, NH
What an wonderful article Sharon. You certainly managed to capture the spirit that was Carol. Yes, Ava, she did your sister proud!!!
Bubbles
Apr 15, 2010 7:25 AM CST
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx Zone 8b
Texas Gardening Cubit
Oh, to have a friend like you. What a lasting tribute...a garden that lives on...
ImageSharon
Apr 15, 2010 8:06 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Thanks, Barb.
The Eads sisters became like family to me, and it was my pleasure to be able to build the garden for them. I sure was afraid I'd kill all those plants, though....

Hi Sandi,
Thanks. It would have been even better if I'd had a couple of those big round rocks y'all grow in Texas!
Imagestarlight1153
Apr 15, 2010 8:17 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
What a beautiful story Sharron and I sure Carol is smiling down and laughing while she reading over your shoulder what you typed. : )

ImageSharon
Apr 15, 2010 8:40 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Probably....she always did laugh at some of my ill conceived notions!
Thanks, Star.
Imagewoofie
Apr 15, 2010 8:52 AM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA zone 5a
See now, a lot of this stuff is new to me. You never mentioned the "bonsai" trees before, so you just keep on writing, Shar! That was a lovely piece.
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
ImageSharon
Apr 15, 2010 9:00 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Thanks, Woofie...

Not sure why I never mentioned the bonsai trees earlier...there was so much to see and do I had to wait for that memory to resurface.

But Katg's container cubit stirred up my memories of Carol's old shoes, and one thing led to another....one photo led to another...and there were the bonsai trees.
ImageUniQueTreasures
Apr 15, 2010 10:04 AM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
I wasn't a part of the thread and didn't know Carol. What a wonderful tribute to her memory. I really enjoyed this article Sharon.

Janet
ImageSharon
Apr 15, 2010 10:34 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Hi Janet...
You would have enjoyed her, too.
Thanks!
Imageakfishergal
Apr 15, 2010 12:26 PM CST
Name: Ava Eads
Seward, Alaska
Thank you again, Shar, for building that beautiful garden for my sister and all of our lost friends and loved ones. So many friends and family gone now, but I'll bet they are happy here in Carol's little Eden.

Thumbnail by akfishergal

"Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature."

Gerard De Nerval
Imageadinamiti
Apr 15, 2010 1:33 PM CST
Name: Adina Dosan
Balotesti, Romania
Sharon, wonderful article ! You're such a great friend to do something so wonderful for Carol's memory!
I was also impressed by the bonsai, amazing! And loved the containers...such creativity.
Thanks for sharing that with us!
Adina
Please visit us at Carpe diem cubit!
http://cubits.org/cjr/
Image1AnjL
Apr 15, 2010 3:29 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
What a great article!! Did you sleep at all in Alaska? LOL? Hard to sleep when its not dark!
All Things Hobby
All the coffee in Columbia will never make me a morning person!
ImageSharon
Apr 15, 2010 4:40 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
How did you know, Anjl. I hardly slept, and then finally the night after the memorial service I slept so late Ava came to check to see if I was OK. It really was different, that's for sure.

This is as dark as it ever got, and this dark only for a short time. Amazing.

Thumbnail by Sharon

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