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Garden is work of heart for woman who loves it

Thursday, June 16, 2005

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Joyce Jensen's garden, located at 3602 W. CR 950 N, Brazil, is filled with wonderful ornaments, some hidden with perfection, that range from whimsical to dramatic.

Enjoying the act of placing paint and colors upon canvas, Joyce Jensen is a "garden painter" who turned a vacant piece of property into a three-dimensional work of art.

"I can get a cup of coffee and stand in front of a painting gazing at it, or I can take that same cup of coffee and stroll for an hour in my garden," Jensen said of the garden that encircles her home located at 3602 W. CR 950 N, Brazil. "As I walk through my garden I see the history of it, my friends who gave me plants and all the good times of my life."

After living in the desert terrain of Arizona most of her adult life, Jensen returned to Indiana in 1987. She purchased the property at 3602 W. CR 950 N shortly afterwards and set about discovering the joy of gardening and experiencing color once again with a little help from her sister, Lois Baysinger.

"She had to teach me how to plant things all over again," Jensen said of her first attempt at gardening. "I just dug a trench and put it in, never thinking about how the water would affect it."

Jensen has come a long way since that first trench. The garden has three hand-dug ponds, numerous lawn ornaments, bird houses and benches to accent the various plants growing in casual arrangments around the yard, all of which Jensen has "painted" to perfection.

The Through the Open Window Garden Tour, sponsored by the Brazil Business Women of Vision, begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, and runs through 4 p.m. rain or shine. The non-refundable tickets are $5 each and may be purchased in advance at Sugar N' Spice Florist located at 234 E. National Ave., Sugar Ridge Nursery on South 59 and The Brazil Times. The tickets, which serve as a tour guide and a demonstration schedule of events taking place at Forest Park, will also be available at the park marketplace or at any garden site the day of the tour. All proceeds from the ticket sales are used for the beautification of Brazil Historic Main Street.

For more information, please contact Jan Stapp at 442-1423 or Vickie Mace at 443-1844.

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