A Texas garden designer invites neighbors-and complete strangers-to share small tokens of friendship through her garden.
Photo: Ralph Anderson
Jill believes a garden should be shared. At the Austin, Texas, home she shares with husband Jack, she has created an outdoor scene that offers an unconventional welcome to passersby. Her “Trinket Garden,” named by the children in her Hyde Park neighborhood, not only incorporates family treasures into several structures but also has a special spot for Jill and her guests to exchange inexpensive gifts. She took her inspiration from To Kill a Mockingbird—more specifically, from the character Boo Radley, who befriended his young neighbors by leaving small treasures for them in the hole of a tree. Jill never knows what tokens of friendship she’ll find waiting in her garden, and neither do her guests.