Pat always had a penchant for the Victorian era. Rather than purchasing a period home to fix up on a plot of land, the couple decided to build their own inspired version. “Having done that with the house, it was just natural to move outside with it,” she says. “When I think of the Victorian era, I think over-the-top in a way with statuary and cool things to look at. So that’s kind of what I’ve done with it.”
Pretty much year-round, Pat has something to work on in the garden, whether that’s adding an annual in early spring or searching for the first daffodil blooms in the end of February. Alan’s main job is to build and maintain the landscaping structures. In fact, he laid the stonework and paths himself.
It’s a labor of love, and they use their garden to bring joy to others. Daffodils are one of Pat’s favorite flowers to grow, and she’s accumulated thousands of bulbs for nearly 200 daffodil varieties throughout the years. “I do cut flower arrangements for my church whenever there are enough daffodils to make the first bunch up until hard frost,” Pat says. “I love playing with flowers.”