In 2001, Sue Ingram’s world was rocked. Her husband was admitted to the hospital in a near coma from diabetes, an event which was to have lifelong implications for his health. To find peace through her pain, and to create a place of rest and revival to help him heal, she turned to gardening on her Kennewick, Washington property.
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One of the first challenges was creating a sense of privacy. “My husband’s a very private person, and our garden was surrounded by a cyclone fence, so I needed to create a place for him where it didn’t feel like a fishbowl in order for him to feel okay going outside,” she says. “I also wanted a feeling of depth to the garden, that it’s not just a plot, but a place where you can go, walk around on paths, and kind of feel like you’re lost out there.”
“With the way we created the garden, you can stroll around the perimeter on a grassy trail, or you can go around the middle section of the garden on the slate pathways and walk around each garden bed or through the vegetable garden,” says Ingram. When you are staying close to home for rest and recovery, it’s lovely to feel as though you have your own private park, and creating a series of garden rooms, or different experiences as you walk down each path, makes the landscape feel more expansive than it actually is.