Thursday, August 19, 2010
Her great grandmother had a vision of building a house that had plants growing inside. She, her husband and four children were living in a small structure and she kept urging him to begin building them a house. So, one day, he went to work and she and the children tore down that structure! He had no choice then. They lived in more farm structures and began working on her "castle".
She collected rocks...marbles...quartz, etc. She used them to build picnic tables, birdhouses, benches....you name it. So what did she have on the outside of her castle? Rocks of course. The walls, however are built out beyond the slab, so that two sides of the castle have a planting place for plants that grow two stories high. Some of the plants that were there today are sixty years old! It makes for a wonderful view from inside!
She also had a beautiful garden and she collected butterflies, creating a full wall of butterflies in one of the bedrooms. This woman really had a vision and went to work making it happen! Her granddaughter keeps the garden up and runs the tours.
The student I mentioned above still lives in the house with her family, but much of the house is open for tours as are the gardens. It was one of the most bizarre and interesting places we visited! I will share more of it later! Definitely worth the price of admission!
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