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Add some narrative
Photo by Bret Gum; written by Sharon Cohoon

Add some narrative

Stories hidden in André’s garden include the big JACK, spelled out in recycled latte lids on his studio wall. Each sip hole reveals a little memento: a favorite photo of his mother, a rivet from the Golden Gate Bridge, a seedpod from a hike. Knowing they’re there enriches his garden ­experience.


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