ROY'S GARDEN 2014-2015

@ Georgetown, Guyana


Tribute to the love of my life, my soulmate and husband, Roy




Roy's Garden was created by me in memory of agriculturalist Roy Mendonca, whose adventure through life was cut short in April 2014. Built lovingly block by block, mud pile by mud pile over a period of 6 months, Roy's Garden has become a haven for visitors seeking harmony -- and fresh vegetables!


Photo by MMM, April 10, 2015







When I first started this commemorative effort on April 20, 2014, it took a pickaxe and months of heavy sweat to turn it into a workable endeavour. It had been Roy's dream to have a hexagonal mixed garden, and he had toiled the day before his death to reshape three beds into a square - the first step. I took over from there. In the centre, I planted the crown of thorns he had uncharacteristically purchased at a horticultural show two days before his death. Then slowly I started creating out of monstrous clay, a garden which I hoped would go beyond his dream...

  Photo by MMM, September 25, 2014










After months of wetting and turning over the hard rocky clay to break it down, I added sheep manure, and worked it vigorously into the soil. Several backbreaking weeks later, I was ready to establish the basis of the final design. I decided to use terracotta pavers all the way, but miscalculated the weight of the 92 Xs and 115 cubes I had to buy. With the tail of my Suzuki wagon inches from the ground, I crawled home, offloaded and carried the pavers and cubes 70 feet to the back of the yard by myself. It had to be, and was, a labour of love. Mysteriously, none of my usual helpers were available until the very end, when my carpenter, Speedy, helped me secure the pavers in position.

Photo by MMM, October 2, 2014





Roy had wanted marigolds on the perimeter, surrounding the vegetables, and as scarce as they were at that time of the year, he got his wish. On Dedication Day, October 23, 2014, his brother, Richard, solemnly set the plaque in the inner circle in the presence of our sister-in-law, Sheila, good friends Syeada and Alana, and me. I felt a joy, in that moment, which I knew had come on a gentle breeze from the happy heart of my husband.


 Photos by MMM, October 23, 2014




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