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Today, a white shell path leads past an entrance of wild roses in front and through a fantastic array of wildflowers that span the entire front yard. From daisies to Queen Anne’s lace to hollyhock nearly six-feet tall, there’s something new to discover in every corner. Bird feeders with stylish copper roofs add a fanciful touch to this outdoor space and other enchanting details, like a small stone bench, provide picturesque views for admiring visitors. “We have always enjoyed gardening even before creating this space,” says Karen, explaining that their previous Connecticut home was situated in a unique location: an apple orchard. Within this garden, Terry pays homage to that previous home with a pair of apple trees and even a peach tree.  Blueberries, rose hips, and beach plums add to the array of fruit-bearing plants that the couple have incorporated, and Karen can often be found in the kitchen whipping up some delicious beach plum jelly. 

Terry is in charge of wrangling the weeds, and he’s found an arch-nemesis in the grapevines that often plague wildflower gardens. “It’s a constant struggle,” he acquiesces, but one that he’s more than happy to take on because in this colorful garden, he’s found a true passion. He and Karen have even taken over maintaining the garden outside of their local post office, and often fresh-cut bouquets from their yard can be found at town events. Seeing the duo ride down the quiet streets of Cataumet on their two-seater bike really solidifies the fact that they have created more than simply a striking garden for themselves; they’ve also built a beautiful life in this quaint Cape village. 

Karen has furthered her love of gardening as a member of the Aptucxet Garden Club of Bourne. The club promotes the beautification of local Cape communities as well as the conservation of natural resources across the region. Living so close to the shoreline, preservation is a philosophy that Karen and Terry have happily adopted. Their wildflower garden makes use of native plants, approved by the conservation commissioner and has the benefit of not requiring chemicals that could run off into the nearby harbor. 

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