A Southern Garden Grounded in Memories

Leila has a feeling her catchall shed will soon be restored to its former playhouse glory for their grandchildren. In the meantime, she’ll continue to maintain the lovely landscape she enjoys viewing from her porch after a long, hard day of yard work. “I don’t always feel like going out there and sweating—it’s hot and there’s bugs and you’re usually dirty,” she says. “But it’s just pretty when it’s all fixed up. That’s why I do it—it’s therapy for my soul.”

Styling by Tracey MacMillan Russell
Photography by Stephanie Welbourne Steele

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