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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Wednesday Vignette: Hail and Fairwell


You may remember Lavonne's garden from this post in October.  Her garden was on a fall color tour and her friend Camille, whose garden was also on the tour, arranged for me to see the gardens the week before the tour.  I was treated to a private tour of this garden by It's creator, LavonneStewart-Campbell.

Camille shared  the news that her friend and fellow gardener, Lavonne passed away a few days ago. I only met Lavonne that one day but we kept in touch through occasional emails.  It was obvious that this great lady was a fine gardener and  fellow plant lover.

The garden was scheduled to be open for a Northwest Perennial Alliance tour later this month. Imagine Lavonne wandering this huge space gardening, preparing to once again share her Eden with lucky visitors.  Her legacy of this peaceful and mature garden will live on and celebrate a gardener who made the world a more beautiful place. 

Hail and Farewell to Lavonne, a stellar gardener and delightful person.


Wednesday Vignette is hosted by Anna at Flutter and Hum.  Click here to see the vignettes of other participating bloggers this week. 

17 comments:

  1. What a lovely tribute. I always hope that when my time comes, I will still be living here with my garden. Such a daily comfort to be surrounded by a garden.

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  2. Oh, how sad.... but what a wonderful place to come to rest in. I'm glad you got to make her acquaintance , and got to enjoy her life's and heart's work. Lovely photos, Peter! I do hope they keep the garden open for posterity, or at least that a true gardener moves in who will appreciate all she did.

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    1. I just heard from Camille that Mick, Lavonne's husband, is planning on opening the garden for the May tour as planned. He's also a gardener who will, most likely continue living in the garden for years to come.

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  3. In honor of Lavonne, I revisited your post from October. Her garden is after my own heart. I remembered the exquisite stone lantern and I still wish I had one just like it. I wonder if it would still be part of the tour this year.

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    1. Camille says tht Lavone's husband is planning on keeping the garden as part of the tour.

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  4. I'm glad you got to meet her and visit her garden, a piece of which will always live on thanks to your photographs.

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  5. What a sweet post. I'm glad you got to meet her, see her lovely garden and correspond with her through email. I hope another gardener moves in to work on and love what she created.

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    1. Her husband is also a gardener but the passion was really Lavonne's. Everyone hopes he'll continue to live in and love the garden for years.

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  6. What a beautiful inspiring place Lavonne created!
    "Live each day as if it were your last, and garden as though you will live forever." (Author unknown).
    Thank you Peter!

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    1. Thank you for that beautiful quote!

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  7. She created a heaven here on earth!

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  8. A beautiful tribute! Thank you for sharing her garden with us! Blessing to all that knew and loved her!

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  9. Beautiful legacy to leave behind.

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  10. Lavonne's garden is beautifully constructed, with wonderful stone work. Her passing is truly a loss. Will her garden live on?

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    1. Mick, her husband will continue to live in and tend the garden.

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  11. What a beautiful garden. It must have brought her so much joy.

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  12. The second-to-last photo of Lavonne walking through fallen petals is especially touching. So glad you visited, Peter.

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