Return to a garden party, reminisce with some old friends

Posted Online: Aug. 08, 2014, 11:40 am
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By Claudia Loucks,
GENESEO -- Although banished from the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve would be welcomed back to a Geneseo family's garden.

Ray and Lona Pribble, 516 E. North St., Geneseo, will reinstate a garden party to benefit First Congregational United Church of Christ.

The party will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16. Appetizers will be served. Donations will be accepted for church mission projects.

The Pribbles last held a garden party four years ago, sponsored by the church's women's fellowship group.

The women's group no longer can host the event, so the church deacons board takes over sponsoring it.

The garden walk also will feature violin music played by Constance Deal, of Annawan, and her students. Artists from the Geneseo Art League and Smith Studio, Geneseo, also will paint scenes in the gardens.

Mrs. Pribble enjoys sharing her gardens with visitors, and felt she was "gardening for God" when it was raising money for church missions.

She made a 10-year commitment to host garden party fundraisers, which expired four years ago, she said.

"I was having trouble with my knees and, soon after, had to have them both replaced," Mrs. Pribble said. "That called for my needing help as I could no longer crawl around on the ground, which I loved to do. But I continued to find ways to get down and dirty, and with help, I was still able to enjoy the work."

It's been a long, ongoing process, Mrs. Pribble said.

"We have had a cutting garden and a vegetable garden in the rear of the yard since we moved here more than 40 years ago," she said. "I have always had flowers here and there around the house."

The ever-expanding garden now resembles a "park-size" backyard, Mrs. Pribble said.

The Pribbles also got a next-door neighbor's vacant back yard three years ago, and "made it into a conifer garden that includes perennials, a pavilion, garden shed, fire pit and rest area," she said. "Our gardens have no 'master plan,' they simply evolve."

Whenever she thinks her gardens are "finished," Mrs. Pribble comes up with one more idea, saying, "A garden is never finished."


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