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Bulger's Beat: Gardener showcases lifelong devotion to floral beauty

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A Trousdale County woman has much to show for a decades-long labor of love. Simply put, her garden is spectacular. But, like the seasons, it will soon be changing.

Gwendolyn Smith worked for 30 years as a nurse. But when she had free time, she worked on her garden, motivated by the beauty around her.

"I'm so grateful for every day," Smith said. "I love God's creations. He just does it a lot better than we do."

Her green thumb certainly helped.

In remote Trousdale County, miles from brick or cement, the garden is her life, and for the last 50 years, her life's work, creating, planting, growing and admiring.

"It would just make you want to live forever and ever, because it's like heaven here on earth," Smith said.

Smith has been married for 59 years. She loves her husband, but when it comes to the garden, she's quick to point out that he didn't do any of it.

She's 78 years old now, and, sadly, change is soon coming as health issues are forcing her to move closer to family in Lebanon.

"I've always been a country girl, never lived in the city, never," Smith said.

She must leave her garden behind.

"I have to do it gradually. Winter time, when things are all down, I might be OK. I might," she said.

Until then, she'll enjoy all she's done and accomplished in her green oasis, sprinkled with sadness of a coming life in a subdivision.

"They don't do pretty stuff over there. I may have to teach them," Smith said.

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