Hi there! Thanks to my reader, Brenda….lives in the South…….
(who may not know it; but does have a “photographic memory”! Thanks to Brenda;
I have proof that Renee has been doing this sort of imaginative and magical gardens for a long time!!!
Brenda read my blog; and she wrote me to say…..”could this be the lady in New Orleans? I have saved these two articles for years!!
Well, YES!! Is the answer! “Garden Shed” was a wonderful magazine. I never saw it; or it would have been one of “my magazines”!!
Brenda took the time and effort to copy the pages in the two articles she had saved…….one 12 years old……and one 10 years old.
I am showing these to you ! My assistant “scanned” them!
My assistant said that this is permissible as long as I credit the magazine (which is no longer around,sadly) and the writer , which I do again! And the photographer.!
They look so alike…..and are so atmospheric….and so natural and otherworldly……you might think it is one garden. NO! The first garden was in one not so lovely neighborhood….but it had the same quality………she moved…….(I hope “it” remained!)….no one knew it was there……..no one…..it became invisible from the street.
And then….the other house was bought and inhabited by Renee and Gordon……and the same thing happened…..and “Garden Shed with the same photographer ran her creation again……
as another article about a “genius”!!
Now Renee Parker-Werner!!
I hope the photographer is still with us and will find this tribute to him, the writer, and of course to Renee! I bet there is a wonderful story about how those people found her!!
Believe me; Renee did not seek to be published! she isn’t a “hermit”; ( she and her husband are just “private people” in their own “slice of heaven”!
When I wrote her husband in the beginning….(after my first discovery and my first post..about her…all these comments…..
I was still (and am still…under the spell of their place…..it cannot be captured)
I said to Gordon, her husband…..”she is getting quite the ‘fan club’!” He replied………”starting with me!”
Yes. That is what every woman dreams of. Yes. Three words in answer to that question. Yes.
So here are the two articles sent to me by my wonderful friend Brenda…. This is astonishing!
Thank you for saving these pages from “Garden Shed “magazine ! Most of all for “recognizing” Renee!!
Brenda is in a “special world” of her own!
Thank you , Brenda!
Returning to nature; preserving beauty…..good for wildlife; magical spaces, wildlife habitat, instead of mcmansions,
From 2002 and 2004!
and writer…..Kathleen Pyle
Bravo the writer and the photographer of both of these articles!
Most of all…Bravo Renee who “makes magic” wherever she goes.
Bravo Gordon…..who “hired” Renee and then “married “her and remains the “captain of her fan club”!
Thank you, Renee…who has shown us all what magic can be made! Nurturing nature, nurturing family…..birds bees animals and beauty!
You are an incredible example to those of us who want to escape the whole “lawn suburban nature wasteland” and you are teaching us we can do it without spending a fortune.
It is possible everywhere! One can have a “wildlife sanctuary” on a balcony! Just see The National Wildlife Federation.website!
This is the wave of the future for our “young’uns”! The future of our nature resides with them!
What a whole lot better I feel now that I know Renee!!
Now enjoy the two gardens she did in New Orleans………and get started! this should be happening across the land! A new Paradigm!
Who wants lawn when you can have birdsong…and natural habitat?
(too bad I am not the New York Times)!!