The Flower Menagerie Inspired by a castle garden in England; this whimsical and celestial cottage-style garden has been a labor of love and a constant source of healing for this full-time working single-mom cancer survivor. The garden is 14 years old and 100% built by the me. It has seen many transformations making it a little different each year. I’m an amateur flower enthusiast, so the garden is not perfect, or tidy–it’s messy and ever changing–in a good way! You will find fairies, bird houses, bird baths, fountains, garden art, flea market finds, several arbors, a gazebo, a white iron swing, and all sorts of flowers–mostly perennials and more than 50 roses. There are items that actually belonged to Mary Lou, displayed in tribute to her memory, including a Jeanne LaJoie pink climbing rose dug right out of her nursery just before it closed. Since the last time the garden was on the tour, it has graced the pages of several garden magazines, has been featured in the OC Register, and Channel 11 Morning News. There are surprises everywhere, take your time, look up and look down, and please watch your step– there are lots of uneven surfaces.