By IVY HERRON
Taking the biblical reference to the "Garden of Eden" to heart, the Hughes family has created a little piece of heaven on earth in a garden that bids welcome to all of God's creatures.
"How can you look at the beauty of a flower and not believe in God?" Katrina Hughes said when asked why she likes to garden. She believes that gardeners express in their work what they can't always say out loud. "This is such a serene place. It is so much fun to see everything come alive."
Inheriting a "green thumb" from her father, Hughes has tried to involve everyone in the garden located at 1868 W. CR 800 N, Brazil. The garden has become a real family affair over the years. From the potting shed built by her husband, the concrete and stones laid by her two sons and a daughter who does the housework so that her mother can spend time in the garden, the Hughes family works year round in the garden.
"It's a real work in progress," Hughes said. "But I love it, every moment of it."
Alive with "living water" and all the little creatures that call the lush green garden home, it is a serene place to stop for a moment and enjoy the splendor of God's creation. With two ponds, a working fountain and lots of statues of angels and rabbits along with the steeple from the Berea Church, which was blown off the building several years ago in a tornado, prominently displayed in the garden there is plenty to see and enjoy.
"This was created for everyone to enjoy," Hughes said. "I hope that everyone stops by for a visit on Saturday."
The Garden Tour, sponsored by the Brazil Business Women of Vision, begins at 9 a.m. on 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.