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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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Image1AnjL
Apr 15, 2010 5:05 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
*Blush* I've been there twice... would go more if I could afford it! Hilarious!
All Things Hobby
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ImageSharon
Apr 16, 2010 1:05 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Somehow I missed Ava and Adina up there.

Ava, thank you. It was an amazing trip, and getting to know you was the best!

Adina, thank you...I wish I could have shown you all the nearly 700 photos I took. Every time I look at them a new memory surfaces. There are several of those whom I met during my time there who are no longer with us. Ava very generously shares Carol's Memory Garden with them now. It is truly a beautiful garden, but it is also fun, just as Carol was.

See the blue Himalayan poppy in Ava's avatar? I planted it at the very top of the garden. It's the one that never even wilted.
ImageOnewish1
Apr 16, 2010 4:22 AM CST
Name: Allison
NJ
what a wonderful stroll though that garden... thank you for the great article
Imageadinamiti
Apr 16, 2010 7:49 AM CST
Name: Adina Dosan
Balotesti, Romania
Sharon, you'll have time to show us a few, if not all!LOL That poppy is really amazing!
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ImageSharon
Apr 16, 2010 8:04 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Thank you, Allison.
Very glad you enjoyed it.

To give you a little bit of perspective as to the size of the garden, I'm standing at the top of it here. It extends down the sides, and on both sides of the path around it.....and curves outward at the lower level on both sides. Carol's trees were brought over too, and they were planted at the lower level that continues for a long way around the lower right side of the picture, sort of in a long curvature. It is a big garden.

And that explanation was probably about as clear as mud.

Thumbnail by Sharon

Imageakfishergal
Apr 16, 2010 9:24 AM CST
Name: Ava Eads
Seward, Alaska
Here is the extended garden. Carol's son, John and I moved her crab-apple trees (to the right) and her full size apple trees (to the left) the following spring. Then we built planting beds on either side of the original garden and outlined them with rocks. When we dedicated her garden to all our lost friends and loved ones, this gave their families space to plant a flower and/or leave a memento in their honor.

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"Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature."

Gerard De Nerval
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ImageSharon
Apr 16, 2010 9:39 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Thank you, Ava...looks great!
ImageOnewish1
Apr 16, 2010 9:40 AM CST
Name: Allison
NJ
that's so nice
Imageakfishergal
Apr 16, 2010 9:43 AM CST
Name: Ava Eads
Seward, Alaska
That next spring I also made a memorial plaque for the garden and randomly wrote in the names of lost friends and loved ones with a wood burning tool. I lost count at 250 names. As soon as it warms up enough to work out on the porch again, I have at least 15 more names to add to the plaque including my SIL, who passed recently. We will be holding a memorial for her here this summer when her family can be present.

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"Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature."

Gerard De Nerval
ImageOnewish1
Apr 16, 2010 9:45 AM CST
Name: Allison
NJ
that is such a nice thing as well
Imageakfishergal
Apr 17, 2010 3:43 PM CST
Name: Ava Eads
Seward, Alaska
Here's another unique container in the garden.

This miniature wheelbarrow has alpine dwarf willow in it......

Thumbnail by akfishergal

"Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature."

Gerard De Nerval
ImageSharon
Apr 17, 2010 3:49 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
So pretty, Ava.
ImageOnewish1
Apr 17, 2010 4:05 PM CST
Name: Allison
NJ
love it Ava
Imageakfishergal
Apr 17, 2010 6:39 PM CST
Name: Ava Eads
Seward, Alaska
Here is what the shoes looked like last year.....

Thumbnail by akfishergal

"Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature."

Gerard De Nerval
ImageSharon
Apr 17, 2010 6:44 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
You changed the shoes, Ava.
Imageakfishergal
Apr 17, 2010 7:05 PM CST
Name: Ava Eads
Seward, Alaska
Yep....By the time spring rolls around, I've forgotten the original layout of the garden. No doubt they will be placed differently and have different flowers in them this year too. Oh well.....change is good..... Smiling ......, and my memory is bad...... Hilarious! .......

But, the Himalayan Poppies and the angel will always remain in the same place. Did I tell you that we had nine blooms last year?.... Thumbs up ......

Thumbnail by akfishergal

"Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature."

Gerard De Nerval
ImageSharon
Apr 17, 2010 7:14 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
You did.

Those poppies take my breath away with their beauty.
Remember we were told they wouldn't grow there?
Ha!
Imageakfishergal
Apr 17, 2010 8:35 PM CST
Name: Ava Eads
Seward, Alaska
Yes....According to our local "experts", you CAN NOT TRANSPLANT IN JUNE!!....ha....We even transplanted Carol's apple trees in late May last year and they are not only thriving, but even producing fruit. Of course, we did use Carol's KA Compost, and anything will grow in that stuff.

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"Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature."

Gerard De Nerval
ImageSharon
Apr 17, 2010 8:37 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Ha!
Imageweeds
Apr 18, 2010 1:17 PM CST
FL. Panhandle
Not all those who wander are lost.
Wonderful article, makes me feel like I was right there with all of you!
An experience you will never forget, more likely, it remain in the forefront of your memories through the coming years.
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