Nestled behind some trees in East Garland lies a white home that’s been around for almost a hundred years. It’s been added onto a few times and many children have been raised inside. It’s held through two kitchen fires and some remodeling, but what makes it unique is the yard outside and the hard work and dedication it has taken to get it to where it is now.
Peering into the backyard, visitors to the home of Merlyn and Sharon King will see they have built a place for families to gather together. It comes complete with a hand-built gazebo, a fishpond and waterfall, several flower gardens, trees perfect for climbing and old farm equipment adorning the flower beds.
Merlyn and Sharon didn’t always have a Green Arrow worthy yard. For some time after they bought the home 50 years ago, the back yard was mostly just pasture for horses or areas for sheep and dogs. Merlyn, who professes to a bit more green thumb that Sharon, has always had a vegetable garden. He decided that once the kids grew up and moved out, it was time to sell the animals and start a big yard.
“We thought we would downsize and go simple, so we got a waterfall,” Merlyn said.
It took years for them to build the waterfall and pond, as well as the gazebo that has housed many weddings and wedding receptions. Building the gazebo was a task and putting the top on almost brought the whole thing down, if it wasn’t for Sharon’s firm grip.
“It didn’t take much,” she said about the mishap. “Just a breeze.”
As for the plants and flowers, they won’t take credit for any of it.
“Sherrie Troseth helped plant for us. She’s a wonderful friend,” Sharon said. “We’re so blessed with good friends.”
Sherrie, and her husband Norm, helped the Kings plant and taught them what would grow best and where.