Warnbro resident loves to share his garden with the neighbourhood


George Smith. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d475826
George Smith. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d475826
George Smith. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d475826 George Smith. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d475826

AT the age of 92, George Smith loves his garden for one reason – he gets to share it with his neighbours.

Finding his body not quite as flexible as it used to be, Mr Smith enlisted help from his nieces and nephews for the bending and heavy lifting.

The garden features bright and colourful booms of lobelias and roses, with manicured patches of lawn.

He said his pride and joy won a prize a few years ago.

“It’s lovely winning but the joy of the garden outlives all prizes,” he said.

“It’s something you can share with passersby.”

He also is quite apt with a pen and paper and written many poems.

He even wrote a book in 2013 with his wife, Yolanda (deceased).

The book is a memoir to be passed down to his family; Stories and poems of Memories about Beautiful People by George and Yolanda Smith.

Excerpt from The Buttercup

As I was walking homeward one sunny afternoon,
I saw a little buttercup coming into bloom.
It’s leaves were golden yellow with petals three or four
So I picked that little buttercup and grew it by my door.

Mr Smith said he enjoyed seeing people’s faces brighten when they looked at his garden.

“It allows me to share – sharing is the ultimate joy in life,” he said.

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