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An East Garland Treasure

DSCF5669 DSCF5670 DSCF5674 DSCF5666    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.

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4 comments for “An East Garland Treasure

  1. dawneen
    June 18, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Love this yard and family..they do so much for everyone great great family and not only a beautiful but a fun yard

  2. Marsha Head
    June 18, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Looks like I need to visit! The last time I was there I think there were still animals in the pasture. It’s beautiful just like you Uncle Merlyn and Aunt Sharon!

  3. Tonya
    June 25, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Loved having my wedding there such great memories. They are such great people love you Uncle Merlyn and Aunt Sharon.

  4. Rachelle Godfrey
    July 17, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    It’s just amazing what a little here and a little there does. I am so excited for my parents to recieve this recongition. They have put a lot of work into it. I love the memories of my family working together. Way to go!

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