Though many of the English gardens they saw overflowed with flowers, Don was drawn to those that were more manicured. “I’m really a clip-and-design kind of guy,” he says. When they came home, he and Bonny set about adding azaleas, sculpture, and order. Now that the garden has become a showstopper, they’re more than willing to share it.
The visitors drop in year-round, including one busload of Japanese tourists who had stopped to admire the garden from the street when Bonny and Don invited them in. “Part of the group was a choir, and they gathered together and sang to us a cappella,” says Don. “It was beautiful.”