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A Survivor’s Garden

After a bout with cancer, a gardener returns to her garden

Amy Kirschbaum of San Diego shared these photos of her garden, along with her story of surviving cancer:

I’m attaching some photos of my garden. My garden was featured online with your magazine two years ago (see that post here). Since then, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and went through a year of treatment and am a year done and cancer free! I was diagnosed in late spring, so my garden was not kept while I went through chemotherapy. It is now back in bloom. It went through metamorphosis similar to me.

Flowering vines in pure white complement the bright white stucco of the house.

Soft pink roses strut their stuff in the courtyard garden, no doubt filling it with their fragrance.

These billowing shrubs of small white roses are abundant and full, but by sticking to simple white and just one color, Amy has created a garden scene that is serene and elegant. And because she’s lucky enough to live in a climate where they are easy to grow, she’s combined them with a beautiful array of succulents.

Another shot of the steps flanked by masses of succulents and white roses.

In the courtyard, a citrus tree stands in the place of honor in the center, serving as a focal point for the whole design.

Don’t you wish you could lie back in those beautiful turquoise patio loungers? What a perfect spot for Amy to relax and celebrate her successful fight against cancer.



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    meander_michaele 05/24/2018

    Good morning, Amy. I am so glad to read that both you and your garden are thriving. In a way, your courtyard had surgery, also, the year that you had transformed it from a bare brick covered space to a lush plant filled garden. Best wishes for continued good health and having time, literally, to stop and smell the roses.

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    treasuresmom 05/24/2018

    Gorgeous & so soothing. I can imagine sitting out there in those chairs just taking it in.

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    DawnMT 05/24/2018

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden with us. So glad you beat the cancer!

  4. Chellemp 05/24/2018

    Hello Amy, I love your color combinations and the liberal use of white flowers, especially the roses. Those, combined with the succulents make such a beautiful landscape. All the best with your garden and your health!

  5. Cenepk10 05/24/2018

    What a gorgeous home & garden ! So glad you have cancer in the rear view mirror & can truly appreciate the beauty you’ve surrounded yourself. That courtyard is fabulous... I get to jealous of citrus growers. Thanks for sharing!!!!

  6. btucker9675 05/24/2018

    Your story and your garden are more proof that plants are healing - not just their beauty and fragrance, but the nurturing act of planting and tending them. Your home is beautiful and I wish you continued health and joy.

  7. flowerladydi 05/24/2018

    Beautiful Amy,,,, as is your story,,,, and I am so happy for you that you are cancer free!,,, your beautiful garden I am sure gave you strength,,,, those white roses, so pure and beautiful,, may have had healing powers,,, it is so serene,,
    Lovely,,, just lovely!

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