There’s a house and garden located at the corner of Humboldt and Glenwood that is simply spectacular. The mastermind behind the colorful operation, called Samantha’s Garden, is a gentlemanby the name of Miles. According to Miles, living the clean life has allowed him to save up enough money to keep his dream alive and well. His dream? His vision? His cause? He gardens for patriotism.
Not only does Miles have countless American flags incorporated into his landscaping, he also has a number of dedications to firemen and police. A walk through the garden is truly delightful. There are places to sit and reflect, along with lawn ornaments, a blasting sprinkler, and a sizable waterfall. “It’s not work, ” Miles told me. “It’s love. I love doing this. The neighbors stop by to see what I’m doing… it attracts a lot of attention. I”m always adding new ideas.”
As we were speaking, a young boy rode up on his bike. “What’s the name of your dog again?” he asked Miles. Instead of answering, Miles told the boy that it was not polite to interrupt two grownups when they were speaking. Then he told the boy the name of his dog. It was a timely and well placed old school lesson handed out from a man who was proud of his country and his corner.
It was easy to tell that his prideful stance transcended to every facet of life. In his own special way, we was passing along life lessons at every chance he could get, from waving a flag to sharing a tip on manners. The world could use a few more people like Miles.