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Buddhist statues can be found throughout the garden.


So far Tim has kept the scarlet menace (the red lily leaf beetle) at bay.


False sunflowers add an explosion of colour.


while in front of them, two Adiron- dack chairs sit before a small fireplace, a perfect spot for a chilly summer evening. From the tiered deck near the house


where two wren families toil ceaseless- ly, to the river’s edge, Tim’s garden is a song of love. And he is not done yet. He wants to “fix the retaining wall” and he plans a formal, 16-foot by 16-foot, reflective pool in the centre. “It will have two feet tall sides and the center of the pool will be highlighted by four Buddhas forming a square, each look- ing in a different direction,” he says, pointing to the black heads set around the deck. “There will be a black granite top for seating all around the pond,” he says, his eyes growing dreamy. “And there will be a fountain in the center bathing the four Buddha busts. . . ” Tim loves it all – the dreaming and


planning and the digging and planting. And more than anything else, sharing it all with others. K


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A little hidden water feature. There are surprises all through the garden.


Trespassers will be composted, says the sign!


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