“’A patio must have a garden, a green grassy room under the sky. . . . We know nothing about planning or planting a garden,’ I said to Gertrude as we surveyed the dump around us.”
Very shortly thereafter, a woman appeared at their door. Well known in the town for her talent for planning gardens, she had come to help. She spotted the rubble and saw a stone wall with flowers in the crevices. Through the expanse of ashes and debris, she saw a lush garden of flowers, shrubs, and trees. “Beautiful!” she proclaimed. By the following year, with the help of the “garden lady” and her gardener, the Greater Light garden became a showcase.
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Banner photos by Samuel Kissel, ca. 1970, published in Greater Light on Nantucket, a Memoir by Hanna Monaghan