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Flower power: Gardening brings joy, peace to local woman

In a rented farmhouse just outside of Dalton, a little piece of paradise has been growing. Ada Byler has been building her vibrant but peaceful “happy place,” and has been learning about different types of flowers and plants — and having fun along the way.

SUGAR CREEK TWP.   When Ada Byler pulls into her driveway each day – especially this summer –she can’t help but smile.

The hundreds of annuals and perennials exploding with color that greet her from tidy flower beds around her 19th-century farmhouse and in dozens of planters and hanging baskets bring her peace and happiness.

The eclectic mix of blooms from area greenhouses coupled with garden décor she picks up at thrift stores, garage sales and even on the side of the road make her yard just outside of Dalton resemble what neighbors and friends have called “a life-size fairy garden.”

“I’ve had a lot of people tell me, ‘you need to put your house in a magazine,” she said.

Read the complete story in the July 1, 2020 edition.

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