In the Garden: Golden Valley Yard Made for Shade
A Golden Valley homeowner is not giving up on her passion for gardening, although a physical aliment makes it difficult.
Nan Beman moved into her home about four years ago. The backyard features mostly shade plants.
A big black walnut tree made gardening difficult. The tree produces a toxic chemical that seeps into the soil and causes surrounding plants to struggle or die off.
She decided to plant a woodland garden with hardy plants to withstand the black walnut tree. You can find a variety of shady plants: ginger, ostrich ferns, astilbe, and celandine poppy.
Artwork throughout the garden adds a nice touch, and a fairy garden planted by Nan’s granddaughter is a showstopper.
In the past, Nan could spend all day tooling around in the garden. But she suffers from arthritis, so Nan needs some help.
Her husband, David, does all the heavy lifting.
The retired child protection social worker says gardening brings her peace.
“I needed to repair my own spirit, and that’s what’s gardening is for me,” says Nan.
She doesn’t plan to stop gardening anytime soon.
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