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10 Mile Rd.
Howard's favorite stone is surrounded by flowers.
the ground for several feet and don't
est. There are also the gargoyles that
need to have their dead flowers cut off
Howard rescued from the Detroit
(dead-heading) to be prolific. He pro-
Kern Building demolition that now
line a backyard bed.
his vegetable growing
Ten years or so into gardening, the
to tomatoes and herbs, now that their
Camdens had to begin again, thanks
two sons, Adam, 39, of Portland, Ore.,
to fickle Mother Nature. "The '76
tornado took everything I had, except and Todd, 36, a local attorney, are out
on their own. "They both garden and
those," Howard says, pointing to two
they both cook': Howard says.
Neighbors of the Camdens consider
More recently and on a smaller
scale they, like a lot of their neigh-
"I get to look at his garden all the
bors, were hit by the ash borers. "We
time," says David Lieberman, who
lost two ashes. It hurt me because I
lives directly across the street. "And
planted both of them," Howard says.
anytime I have any problems or ques-
Howard and Lili Ann have always
tions, I have a resident expert!'
done all of the planting and tending.
"He's got more equipment than
Now, in their 70s, they hire someone
Home Depot and he's very generous:'
to do the heavy lifting of such items
adds Lieberman, who regularly bor-
as bags of fertilizer and mulch and to
rows the Camdens' truck. "Everybody
do extra watering.
that walks by, who happens to hesi-
"The soil is 70 percent of good
tate and admire his garden, becomes
growing," Howard says. "The other
a fan for life."
is water and fertilizer. I use a lot of
"We see it [the Camden garden] on
sphagnum moss. If it doesn't rain, I
our walks around the neighborhood:'
water once a week. Most people don't
says Arthur Rubiner. "It's very imagi-
realize that trees need more water
native and beautiful."
than grass and flowers."
"I think it's fabulous': says Martha
He keeps up on what's new by read-
Sachs. "I especially appreciate the
ing the bulb and seed catalogues,
painted trees. It's fun to see someone
although he doesn't grow anything
enjoying their yard and using it as an
from seed. Instead, he heads to
expression of themselves — and let-
Detroit's Eastern Market each spring,
ting the rest of us enjoy it too!' I I
wandering among the stalls until he
decides on the year's color scheme.
Gargoyles from the Kern
And that's where he discovered the
Building line a bed.
wave petunias, which fan out along
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