Replanting and Replenishing


“I had been saving magazine pictures since the storm,” she says, “and I had a vision for the yard.” By happy chance, she ran into Rick Avery, whom she knew from a local nursery. His garden so impressed her that she asked him for help. Rick came to see her yard, looked at her inspiration pictures, and understood immediately what she wanted and how to achieve it. Rick laid the paths, planted trees and shrubs, and built rock walls and terraces using stones he dug up on the property. Even now, with the garden well established, he comes every spring, and they decide on a project. “He has such a creative, artistic eye,” says Rhonda. “I couldn’t have done this without him. He has put his heart and soul into this garden.” And so has she. Rising at 5:30 a.m., she drinks a quick cup of coffee and is out in the yard by 6:30 a.m.—weeding, watering, pinching back, and deadheading.