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Green Arrow – Not your typical garden


Cari Doutre

Leader Staff Writer


Not everyone has the typical yard. Some don’t have the luxury of mowing a lawn or trimming trees, but that doesn’t mean they can’t make the best of the space they do have.

Jo and Kurt Allred manage two buildings nestled together in downtown Garland that houses 10 apartments, including the one they reside in.  In between the two buildings is a little known alley that has become a shared getaway for the Allreds and those who live nearby.

Hidden between the buildings on East Factory Road, Jo has worked hard to establish a garden with vegetables, herbs and roses, as well as antiques and trinkets brought to Jo from everyone around.

“I just sit here and piddle around all day,” Jo said about her lush getaway.

It started out as a dark alley filled with debris and weeds, but for the past four years Jo has worked to create a sanctuary for those living in the apartments and for her and Kurt. Kurt just recently underwent surgery and is home recovering.

For more on this story pick up a copy of this week’s Leader.

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