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How Will His Garden Grow?

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Dear Reader,

Your article of May 21, "Plowed Under," concerns my neighbor Gregory Iglesias and his eccentric garden. Gregory has been my neighbor for many years. He's a wonderful person and has always been a delight to know. Year by year, as my children grew, we looked forward to each exotic change in Gregory's garden. We would visit and talk about plants, pets, or anything else that came to mind. He is such an asset to our neighborhood, and that is why I am so saddened by his plight.

Gregory's garden means so much to him. He likes working with plants. He enjoys talking to every different person who stops by to admire his handiwork. This is the kind of interaction that makes one feel alive. He is getting older now, and it is even more important that he has something positive in his life.

My hope is that there can be some kind of compromise. We all realize that this property belonging to Michael Hecht needs improvement, but maybe with a more humanistic approach. Let Gregory have a garden. Let our neighborhood continue to have this unique and caring person as a vital part of our community.

Merrie Thornburg

N. Winthrop

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