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The Contrubutor's Garden was located as a sidewalk frontage to the Prowell's home in Sebastopol.  It began in 1999 as a simple patch of grass, expanding each year since.  Soon after it's first appearance, trinkets of all sorts began to appear, left off  by passers by as a sort of offering.  Quickly, the offerings came to dominate the garden, filling buckets and rotated in and out of the garden every few weeks. 

There were a few videos made of the garden by strangers over the years.
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The perspective of the garden from 1984 through 1998, when the transformation began on the far end beside the gray fence.

A little of everything, changing every year.

 
 
1998
 
  1999. An unfettered compilation . . . transformed in its earliest beginnings to a simple patch of grass, tamed with pruning shears.
 
 
 
 
 
  Expanding in 2000 to a system of epoxied stone walls and terraces of elfin thyme and blue star.
 
 
2001
 
  More walls in 2001. A front terrace added, fronting the concrete wall along the sidewalk.
 

 

 
2002
 
 

By now, 2002, small offerings were being left. Everything from figurines to medalions. And thus the garden was titled The Contributor's Garden, with a small sign on the left.

More walls on the right, experimenting with scottish moss and baby tears, suited to the morning and evening fog of Sebastopol.

 
 
 
 
 

The concrete abutment puts the garden at about eye level to a 5 year-old. Something like the perspective we see here.

 
 
 
 
 

Barely visible looking through the arbor, the golfer in blue, and the red flag.

 
 
2011
 
 

Jump to 2011, and the bonsais have matured considerably. Also a small ledge on the right with colored blocks made in the shop for the toddlers to play with.

 
 
2004
 
 

2004 expansion. There were regular captions and stories posted in the garden. This3-page permit process appears below. The other, smaller post was regarding an invasion from Homeland Security.

 
 
 
 
 

Dozens of GI Joes as Homeland Security personal invading the garden.

 

 

 
 
 
 

2004 expansion. There were regular posts and stories posted in the garden. This one reads below.

 
 
 
 
 

Construction equipment, stacks of lumber, pallets of stone.

 
 
2004
 
 

A sign appearing during the 2004 national elections

 

 

 
 
 
 

New, improved walls for the 2004 expansion.

 
 
 
 
 

Two of the early little animals left anonymously. Little scenes set up by children, and adults as well.

 
 
 
 
 

The new walls built, along with a circular stone centerpiece and a picket fence-line along the back.

 
 
 
 
 

The courtyard pillars and circular walk. And a small baboon.

 

 

 
 
 
 

Xmas 2004

 
 
 
 
 

2004

 

 

 
2009
 
 

Another expansion. Blue star in bloom.

 
 
2009
 
 

 

 
 
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2009
 
 

One of several vases of collected trinckets.

 

 

 
2011
 
 

The manifect destiny of a continuing expansionsim. The walls gets shorter and the sidewalks works its way up the hill, and the age-accessible reach becomes younger and younger. This section is available to toddlers.

 
 
2011
 
 

The last two expansion, left unfinished.

 
 
2011
 
 

Concrete perimeter walls embedded with a medley of trinckets and shapes, topped with a gabled cedar cap.

 
 
2011
 
 

The lower walled section, with a sandlot area along the sidewalk busy with animals galore.

 

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 
 
 

"At the ballgame, eh?
I'll have yer head!"

 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 




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