Gaynor’s ther­a­peu­tic gar­den

Western Times - - LIFE -

FOR GaynorWeb­ster, gar­den­ing is ther­apy.

In her time she has lost both a leg and bones in her arm. She gar­dens from a wheel­chair.

Gar­den­ing is a way to for­get the pain.

The gar­den is ei­ther five years old or a hun­dred. Her fam­ily lived in the place since be­fore the Sec­ond WorldWar, and many of the trees and the hedge pre­date even then. Gaynor has lived in her house since 1986.

But she ac­tu­ally only started plant­ing flow­ers just five years ago. Her seedlings were im­me­di­ately wiped out.

“The (2010) flood missed the house floor by an inch,” she said.

De­spite, or per­haps be­cause of the tragedy, she kept plug­ging away.

“You just go out there and for­get about the world

“I love bot­tle bot­tle­brush, gre­vil­leas, salvias...

“But­ter­fly bushes – they’re ac­tu­ally shaped like a but­ter­fly

“The trou­ble is that I never know when to stop”.

She has a bit of an ad hoc ap­proach to her gar­den.

“I just put things in – if they grow they grow, if they don’t they don’t.

“A lot of my gar­den is do­nated by friends”.

You can’t see the green shoots in the hedge she cut back re­cently, but the ones in her eyes are ob­vi­ous.


GAR­DEN GROWS ON LOVE: For Gaynor Web­ster gar­den­ing is about more than plants and pretty blooms.

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