Restoration – the action of returning something to a former owner or condition; the process of restoring. Sounds nice and simply, but then again, not much is nice and simply and this gardener and her story is no exception.
The journey begins 13 years ago (2004) when Dorothy, her husband and son bought 23 acres of heaven in the western portion of Travis County and the beginning of the Texas hill country. Here they built their home and started the process of restoring the acreage back from the invasion of cedars and years of neglect.
Here is where Dorothy’s carefully laid out plans took a nasty turn and breast cancer came thundering into her life! Now her home and land became her therapy, her haven against the disease battling her body. Now she simply gardened for body and soul.
Here Dorothy won her battle and here she went forward with her plans and goals that had been put aside. A garden plot was cleared of rocks and more rocks. Raised beds were built, with truckloads of good gardening soil and compost brought in to create their vegetable area. Nearby stands four bee hives for both honey and pollination. Grape vines wind through the metal fencing while peach trees stand ready to deliver their delicious summer fruit.
A delightful greenhouse built using recycled windows greets the day for Dorothy to plant seeds, winter any tender plant or just sit, relax and read. The garden, barn and greenhouse each have rain water cisterns totaling approximately 4,000 gallons.
While deer, fox, quail, various species of birds and miniature horses share this haven of peaceful bliss with Dorothy and her husband, the true blessing is found each day with the joy of watching the land come alive with Texas native wildflowers and life’s bounty!