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A garden of consequence Story by Tania Moffat


Out front, the firepit invites people to stop by and say hello. I


f you ask David Falk how long he’s been gardening for, he will tell you, “I’m not a gardener, I just build stuff.” His garden is filled with things he has constructed, but it is


also filled with plants and love. It is a social gathering place, a place of nourishment and a retreat that the Falk’s share with everyone passing by. On a serene street overlooking the Red River, tall trees


offer relief from the hot summer sun, sheltering the garden and Falk home along Churchill Drive. David and his wife, Kalyn, moved into their home 18 years ago. It is where they have chosen to stay and where they have raised their two boys, Jase and Noah. When they first moved in there wasn’t much of a garden, and after a house fire five years ago much of what they had created was lost. After the home was rebuilt, David looked at the yard with


their new geothermal slag in the front and wondered what to do. “The yard was a mess and I’m a do-it-yourself person on a small budget,” he explains of his recycling tendencies. He had recycled chimney bricks leftover from their first


garden, and he wasn’t going to let them go to waste, so he used them to solve a problem. While their home was being rebuilt their postal worker began cutting across their yard to deliver the mail. “When we moved back in, I thought, how


localgardener.net The new pathway the mailman takes. Beautiful Gardens 2015 • 13


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