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Kim Song, Best Asian Garden - Uphams Corner 2012


Best Asian Garden 2012
Praise for Uphams Corner's "Best Asian Gardener."  Kim Song speaks no English, but her fluency in "plant" is outstanding. Devoted to her gardening, she is an everpresent spirit making her presence felt every early morning throughout the Spring and Summer and Fall, tending her plants, flowers, bushes and arrangements.  Pleasant Street, number 39, is where she lives and from the outside, you might not realize how extensive is her Asian style garden.

Seeing her every day - walking, bent over or hunched down low with bent knees, carefully cultivating her prolific garden - transforms her from stranger to friend.  Always the same, patient, absorbed, knowing something irrefutably spiritual that we, who are not intimate with with the vegetation side of life, cannot know.

"Hi."  She smiles demurely, her comfortable cloth hat protecting her face from the sun.  "May I see your garden?"  More smiles and she gestures "Come in."

"Oh, my! How breathtaking!"  You cannot help but gasp at the sheer numbers of growing things.  Not one open space remains for another flower pot.  Lining all edges of the narrow side yard at ground level, they also move up vertically, and the same for out front. 

Ordinary hedges fence in the front yard - easy to pass and not notice anything in the race to get somewhere on time.  Easy to not look inside and catch the bejeweled, carefully designed, cultivated and manicured arrangements.

What makes Kim Song's gardening stand out is her replication.  Think of a miniature garden created in a small pot, then multiply that a thousand fold and there you have her creation and her love.

Photos taken August 2012

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Posted: November 12, 2012     Nancy J Conrad


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