Moving Dilemma: Leaving a Garden Behind

Moving Dilemma: Leaving a Garden Behind

Colleen Quinn
Aug 9, 2010

Good friends recently moved overseas, leaving behind their home, and, more importantly to them, their garden. Since they bought that mutual first home a few years ago, they have poured countless hours of planning and labor into their outdoor space — planting flowers, laying pavers, trimming trees, etc. When the time came to pack up, they were surprised to realize that it was the garden rather than the house itself that tugged at their hearts.

You see, these friends are renting out their home while overseas, and while the tenants are unlikely to have much effect on the house, the years will certainly result in major changes to the garden. They spent the spring and summer photographing their outdoor space, determined to preserve the memory of the garden they love just in case it doesn't survive their absence.

Have you ever suffered because a move meant leaving behind a beloved garden? Did you pack up your plants to move to your new space, or treat the move as a chance to create a wonderful new outdoor space? Would it be harder for you to leave your garden than to leave your house or apartment?

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