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Little gnome house is newest feature in Ruby Smith's garden

By Linda and Ed Waggener

We always wonder what a floral paradise this would be if we all did just a fraction of what Ruby Smith has done to beautify her lawn on Tutt Street in Columbia.

Her daughter, Robin, recently wrote, "I'd like to invite you to stop by my Mom's house and take a look at her beautiful yard and flowers this year. You will also be treated to a rarity in the area."


While Ruby is happy to walk around the yard and share the variety of flowers she cares for, she is most proud of her new garden feature -- a gnome house.

A huge old tree was endangering her home and, as much as she hated to lose it, she said it had to be cut. Ruby said she instructed the tree people to leave a good bit of its lower trunk for a project she intended to do. She said they questioned her wishes but she held firm. Her son Steve then worked with her idea and completed the gnome house on the tree trunk, the unique garden feature her daughter wrote us about.

"Flower gardening is my therapy," Ruby says. Her three children, Robin, Steve and Larry Smith, all live in the area and are helpful with her special projects, but she says they all know to be very careful with her flowers when they work around the yard.

Admirers of gardens are grateful for her flower therapy which results in beauty all who pass by can share.


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Ruby Smith shares her new garden feature, the gnome house



2017-08-05 - Adair County, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com(c).
Ruby Smith is happy to share the variety of flowers she grows, but this season she is most proud of her new garden feature -- a gnome house made around a huge old tree that had to be cut. Ruby said she instructed the tree people to leave a good bit of its lower trunk for a project she intended to do; they questioned her wishes but she held firm. Her son Steve then worked with her idea and completed the gnome house on the tree trunk. It resulted in the newest garden feature in her yard that admirers call the best kept secret in Columbia.

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The tire swing is now part of her flower garden



2017-08-05 - Adair County, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com(c).
When the grandchildren outgrew the tire swing, it got incorporated into Ruby Smith's flower gardens. - LW

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Elephant Ears growing tall in Ruby's garden



2017-08-05 - Adair County, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com(c).
Elephant Ears are getting so tall they hide the pretty blossoms in the window box behind them in Ruby Smith's garden. This fall she will take the bulbs inside for the winter. She has been growing and caring for them for so many years she says she always has plenty to share.

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Spider Lily backed by Purple Wave Petunias



2017-08-05 - Adair County, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com(c).
A pretty white Spider Lily stands out in front of Purple Wave Petunias and the deep green of Elephant Ears in Ruby Smith's garden. She takes the Elephant Ear bulbs inside for winter and has amassed enough through the years for a good supply to share with friends and neighbors like Susan Breeding.

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Granddaughter's bike is retired to flower garden art



2017-08-05 - Adair County, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com(c).
Ruby Smith's granddaughter, Page, Robin's daughter, who once rode this little girl's bike to her grandmother's house in Columbia, no longer needs the bike but it is right at home in the gardens they worked in together. Page is 26 and living in Bowling Green now, but her bike makes for inviting art in this garden spot.

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