- Miss Punny
- By GEMMA THORPE
- The 61st Missouri Photo Workshop / Festus & Crystal City, Mo.
When the former home of Ida Morris burned down she decided to create a garden in its place, as a tribute to her late mother. Picnic tables and chairs are dotted around Mom's Garden, a space for family and neighborhood gatherings. 'You can tell by all the dust in the house where I'd rather be', says Ida, who spends as much time as possible outside in the garden.
The garden is on the land that has been in her family for almost 100 years, and for Miss Punny, as she is fondly known by the community, it is not just a place of memory for her parents but part of her daily routine. She started working seriously on the garden when her husband passed away 6 years ago, and with a helping hand from family members and neighbors, the garden remains a living part of her family history.
Miss Punny's house as seen through Mom's Garden. Located on South Adams street, the garden lies on land that has been in the family for almost one hundred years.
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