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Posted on July 25, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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MARIJKE NILES AND her husband, Price, have transformed their Starksboro property into a lavish flower and sculpture garden where bees buzz around gooseneck loosestrife and bee balm flowers, and cinder blocks and shoes act as planters. Independent photos/Trent Campbell

STARKSBORO — Twelve years ago the property on Robert Young Road purchased by Price and Marijke Niles for their retirement was full of grass, brambles and brush.

“It was so bad, the real estate agent told us not to buy it,” Marijke Niles, 67, recalled. “But we fell in love with the big rock, the view and the pond, and I wanted a big open space where I could garden.”

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