John Packard has spent most of his life working in and enjoying the outdoors. During high school and after college he labored and lived on a 200 acre produce farm in Pennsylvania. In 1993 he moved permanently to Wisconsin, where he has gardened and landscaped ever since. As a partner in Mother Nature and Sons (1995-2002) he helped introduce natural garden design and organic maintenance to south-eastern Wisconsin. Since 2003 he has owned and operated Botanica Fine Gardens and Landscapes in Lake Geneva. Botanica emphasizes gardening in harmony with nature, land stewardship and horticultural best practice. John’s horticultural interests include: woodland and prairie restoration, vegetables, conifers, native plants, weed management, artisanal stonework, and enjoying the fruits of his labors with good friends, beer and music at the end of the day.

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Sandaled Stone Work
by John Packard - posted 07/05/13

Sun sets on a big banging holiday work week, and 0.16 tons of stone is rolling from the boneyard to the front yard. The fireflies have lit the work lamp.  Stella is fed, slobbering on the Ball, admiring the One, and about as calm as that crazy bitch ever gets. Escorted in O.S.H.A. approved sandals, an obligatory beer in hand-- it's Happy Fifth of July Friday night!-- a promising stone is headed for its home.


The vision is kids, sitting beneath the violent purple exclamation point, Suess-drawn, that is Fagus sylvatica ‘Dawyck Purple’,  doing what kids do best, envisioning better more beautiful worlds. 


Those butts need seats.  Enter the stone, draggin’ to its grave, it’s final resting spot, before a weary Dingo, soon ready to steady generations of future souls.


Summerfest will sit until Saturday night. Setting this stone won’t.


The boneyard-- where unused stone goes to die-- yields

0.16 tons of potential and unlimited dreams.



To be continued with visible pictures when sun and sanity ascends... 



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