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  • Having fun on Wheelbarrow Lane

  • Invited into most gardens, you pretty much know what you will see: walkways, beds of flowers or vegetables, trees, shrubs, a water feature or two, maybe a statue. There are many possible variations, but they're likely to look similar to something you have seen before.
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  • Invited into most gardens, you pretty much know what you will see: walkways, beds of flowers or vegetables, trees, shrubs, a water feature or two, maybe a statue. There are many possible variations, but they're likely to look similar to something you have seen before.
    Preconceptions go out the window when visiting Bonnie Selvitella's Jacksonville garden, a fantasy world of repurposed items. Boots? No, no, those are planters. Ladders for climbing? No, ladders for holding planters. A satellite-television dish? No, that's an umbrella of white wisteria.
    Look close, and that fence is made of old beds. That's not an old sink; it's a fountain. Rustic wooden doors to nowhere? Why not?
    Calling her property Wheelbarrow Lane for the 50 old wheelbarrows lining the drive and a path, Selvitella has been fashioning her private vision for 12 years. Out front is her pride and joy: a 15-foot, 1957 Shasta recreational trailer, restored and refurbished with all 1950s accessories and painted barn-red to match her cottage. A collection of antique Coleman camping equipment is added in the summer.
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