RURAL BRYANT, SD, PRESENTS:
Papa Alfred Stadem loved the beauties of God's creation probably as much as she did, though he expressed that love with a lot of elbow grease and his creative flair for landscaping. He planted extensive lines of trees, the winter wind-braking "shelter belts," on the north and south sides of seven acres adjoining the farmstead, and then added large beds of lilacs in front of the house and along the side of the driveway in.
He even planted a long bed of lilacs across the road on the property that his son Arthur bought with his Navy savings. If this wasn't enough, he somehow found time and energy to dig and cement in a goldfish pool in the yard, and also planted fruit trees. Plain View Farm, thanks to their efforts, with the children helping as they could with planting trees, became as close to a Garden of Eden in South Dakota as hard work, TLC, and imagination could make it.
This Stadem love for God's creation was passed on to the sons and daughters.
Pearl, the eldest Stadem daughter, loves her flowers and garden to this very day. Her son Ronald looks after her garden for her, now that she is looking toward her 100th birthday in a mere 9 years! He also has some love for gardens, and was caretaker and gardener on the Gladys Farquhar estate, Sumner, Washington, which was a Pacific Northwest showcase property in its day.
Gladys Farquahar thought highly of Pearl Ginther, who was a special friend to her during her last years and for a time a caregiver in her home.
Hearing of Ron from his mother, Mrs. Farquahar hired him to work as a gardener on her property, and he gardened for her for some years.
Later, in 1991, viewing a scripture garden outside Vancouver, British Columbia, inspired him to want to create one of his own. This is the result of having waited years for a chance to begin one, then realizing that it was possible to do it without the great expense of acquiring the needed real estate and then spending a fortune turning it into flowers, flowers, and more flowers!
Thank God for the Internet, where dreams can become reality at a fraction of the cost and effort! It is hoped that our guests will enjoy the scripture gardens based on the Plain View Farm, Pearl Ginther, and Gladys Farquahar Gardens.--Editor
Even a porch can be made a garden, with hanging baskets, even ivy climbing the porch siding, making these natural topiaries, deer like shapes, that grew out as they liked, not trimmed that way, which was a miracle in itself!
Closeups of flowers from Pearl Ginther's garden--iris, columbines, and forget-me-nots:
Iris and Blue Forget-Me-nots
The Gladys Farquahar Gardens where Ronald Ginther was gardener for 7 years
Gardens people make are beautiful, but who can surpass God's garden? His is the most beautiful of all gardens--straight from the Master Gardener himself!
Of all flowers, the morning glory perhaps most captures the
Resurrection of Jesus Christ:
"The Earth is the Lord's and the fulness thereof," proclaims
the Bible Scriptures
Jesus Brings Us Living Waters of Life Everlasting!
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