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Tranquil garden in Mountain City

Although Teresa and Bob Roark's home sits on a busy street in Mountain City, one step into their beautiful yard instantly gives visitors a sense of calm, peace and tranquility. The spectacular floral garden has been a work of progress since the Roarks moved to their home in 1988.
The spring garden is magnificent with large rhododendrons bushes bursting with large, pink blossoms, day lilies scattered among the columbines and the large hostas. Teresa attributes her love of gardening to her grandmother. “She always had flowers,” she fondly recalled. The hot pink and red Knock Out rosebushes in the garden are spectacular. “I like the Knock Out the best,” she said. The warm and inviting feeling of their yard is carried onto their wide front porch with a bench and two large white rockers, beckoning you to come and relax and just sit
a spell.
Teresa attributes the variety of flowers, plants and shrubs in their flower garden to some visits to garden stores and a smattering of flowers and plants given to her by both family and friends. She in turn shares with many people. “When I look at that flower, I think of that person,” she said.
Bob is the power behind the blocked flower beds and all of the detailed landscaping. The garden follows the terrain of the property as flowers, plants and shrubs such as orange wallflowers and creeping phlox grace the slopes on the sides of the yard. “Creeping phlox is my favorite spring flower,” Teresa said. Tucked throughout the floral garden are several angel statuaries, whimsical rabbit figurines, bears, and other forest animals. “I love angels,” said Teresa. “I collect angels, even in the house.”
Teresa has not been able to work as much as she would like in the garden for the past several years. A breast cancer survivor, she was first diagnosed in 2008 and underwent treatment in 2009. A short two years later, she found herself once again diagnosed with breast cancer in March of 2011. Bob plays an active role in keeping up with the grounds as it became more difficult for her to keep up with all the physical work necessary in maintaining a garden. “It's relaxing, even though it's hard work, but it's therapeutic,” she said. While Bob does most of the mowing of the yard, Teresa works in the flower beds. “It's a joint effort,” she said.