Garden brings joy to generations
Many of us struggled to find something to do during the periods of isolation, but not Beryl and Jim Hartin of Muswellbrook.
Their love of gardening has had the opportunity to bloom since they moved into the home they built themselves 58 years ago.
From the vegetable patch that has fed many neighbours and friends, to the flowers that entice birds and bees there is always something to do according to Beryl and Jim.
“It’s keeping us healthy, especially this year when we haven’t been able to go anywhere,” Beryl said.
“We just love it.”
For a time there was a pool in the yard but it has since been removed and replaced with a fernery, and the playroom used by the couples four children is now a sewing room with a picturesque outlook.
They have planted large trees to give birds somewhere to nest and they enjoy spending afternoons sitting amongst them listening and watching the wildlife.
On any given evening Beryl and Jim can be found pottering around in the yard where they are often joined by their great granddaughters who live next door.
There is no other way to describe their yard than as a labour of love, but they would not have it any other way.