Gaynor’s therapeutic garden
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.