A lovely friend and fellow Master Gardener has left us. Carolyn Bush died Friday, June 15, 2018.
From the beginning, Carolyn supported our garden in many ways. She brought her chickens when we had children visiting the garden on field trips. She also taught our visiting kids a wonderful little class on cotton. She brought a loom and let the kids weave. She taught them about growing cotton as well as it’s social aspects.
When we built our first rain garden in 2009 on Joe Field Road, Carolyn created posters explaining the whys and hows of rain gardens. She could be poetic as well as scientific in her explanation of things.
After our move to Midway Hills Christian Church in 2014, Carolyn began writing for Dallas Garden Buzz. Whenever she submitted an article, she always let me know we didn’t have to publish it and reminded me to check for typos and errors. Of course, there never were any and we loved reading her point of view on everything from rose rosette, to unusual vegetable crops and then her last article written in February about cabbage white butterflies. She didn’t like them as you can see from the title of the post: THOSE @#$%&BUTTERFLIES. Her gentleness had some limits!
Carolyn, the fund raiser, contributed to our craft sales with her handmade paper art and she was the instigator of our brick sales campaign.
Other gardens benefited from Carolyn’s knowledge and commitment including Hope Community Garden, Texas Discovery Garden and the chicken coop tour,” A Peep at the Coops.” She was also the capable layout and design editor of Helping Hands, the Dallas County Master Gardener monthly newsletter.
Chrysalis butterfly was Carolyn’s email address. A butterfly emerging from a cocoon is beautiful and a good representation of our friend.
Oh Carolyn, I wish I had known you were leaving us. I would like to tell you how much you were loved and that I admired your courage in the face of handicaps. How wonderful it would be to see you pull up to our garden one more time in your trusty Subaru.
Goodbye dear Carolyn. We miss you,
Blog posts by the multi talented and productive Carolyn Bush:
A Musical Squash for the Edible Garden
Compost vs. Mulch, What’s the Difference?
Want to Try a Different Vegetable?
A Bright Spot in the Early Spring Garden
A beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady.
Thank you, Elizabeth. Writing my heart out on this one!
What a loving tribute to our friend, Carolyn. It made me smile, though my heart is heavy.
Thank you, I have a feeling we could say and write for days about her.
That was so sweet!
I can see Carolyn smiling down at you!
Bet she is smiling at all of us, Patty. Thanks.