OH, WHAT AN ABSOLUTE JOY to be Margaret’s neighbor, to gaze across the street into her flower garden reminiscent of a Claude Monet painting.
But, alas, I live down the hill, over the river and into the valley across town from this eastside Faribault garden.
I happened upon Margaret’s sprawling, Impressionist style garden on a recent Saturday morning. And because I’m not at all shy, I popped out of the van and approached Margaret as she weeded her flowers.
She obliged my request to photograph her flowers (but not her) and also answered my questions like, “What is that?” or “Is that …?”
Margaret knows her flowers and her passion for them is irrepressible. She simply loves to garden. That’s apparent as her flower garden stretches nearly the entire 180-foot length of her and her husband’s lot and then extends 30 – 40 feet from the edge of the sidewalk, down the slope and to the garage. She began planting the garden about five years ago, partially so her husband wouldn’t need to mow the slope of the lawn.
From daisies to bee balm, sedum to clematis, lamb’s ears to lilies and dozens of other perennials, Margaret’s garden is awash in color and blooms. Her pride and joy, though, are her 50 some rose bushes.
“I just love roses,” Margaret says. “They just have beautiful flowers and smell wonderful.”
I roamed the perimeter of the garden, snapping photos as rain pittered and hastened my photo shoot. Yet, I took time to inhale the heady perfume of Margaret’s beloved English roses. English and shrub rose bushes compromise most of the roses in her garden.
I noticed this gardener’s talent for pairing colors—especially the striking contrast of royal purple clematis next to coral-hued roses.
I appreciated, too, how she tucks garden art among her flowers with the skills of a designer.
If Margaret’s garden was a painting, surely it would be a Monet.
FYI: Margaret’s garden is located at 1325 11th Avenue Northeast, Faribault.
© Copyright 2012 Audrey Kletscher Helbling