A Gardener’s Delight
Enthusiasm, Joy, Wonder
There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling.
— Mirabel Osler
Robin McBride seems to find delight all around her — but most especially in her garden. There, she’s enraptured by the smallest of details involving the variety of flowers and plants growing under her watchful care.
I first met Robin when I photographed the Crochet Club at the Lewisville Library last fall. Robin is the instructor for that class, which meets every second Wednesday of the month at 4:00 PM. As enthusiastic as Robin is about crochet, she’s even more passionate about gardening.
The Secret Garden?
Last Saturday I found myself at Robin’s house on Reynolds Road in Lewisville, taking in the scope of her gradually expanding garden.
It’s possible that you’ve driven down Reynolds Road quite unaware of the existence of this little bit of botanical splendor. Currently, while most of Robin’s gardening handiwork is not yet visible from the road, she’s implementing a plan to adorn the front yard nearest to the road.
Finding Her Roots
Robin’s family moved from New Jersey to the Winston-Salem area when she was 16. As a teenager, relocating to the South was not a particularly good experience for her. Most of the fashion and music trends Robin was accustomed to had not made their way this far south, and she, understandably, felt out of place. Upon graduating from high school, she eagerly left town.
For the next 30 years, Robin lived out West and up North, including about 15 years in Boston. She returned to Forsyth County seven years ago to be near her parents. Two years later, she married her husband Scott.
Now, Robin wholeheartedly loves living in the South. As if transformed, she’s settled and content with her life. And in the five years during which she and Scott have been married, Robin has slowly transformed their yard with her thoughtful planting of flowers, herbs and vegetables — and she envisions more. Much, much more!
Flower Photos Coming Up
Unfortunately, time ran out on me as I prepared this post, and I haven’t quite finished editing Robin’s flower gallery. For now, at least you’ve been properly introduced to quite an enthusiastic gardener, Mrs. Robin McBride. In the next post, you’ll get to see evidence of her lovely garden. Don’t miss it. See you next time!