Backyard Rose Garden Paradise

On the way to swapping turf for cottage-style plantings, this self-taught gardener discovered a passion for her new pastime

Seven years ago, Corky Thacker was a gardening novice, though you'd never know it from the looks of her yard today. Back then, she and her boyfriend, Michael O'Brien, were too consumed with renovating their 1930s Tudor Revival house to worry much about their green space. It wasn't until the next-door neighbors piped up about unkempt shrubs scratching their cars that the couple turned their attention outdoors. The privet hedge along the side yard would have to go, which got Corky thinking about what could take its place. 

See how Corky swapped turf for cottage-style plantings and discovered a new passion.
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