Life Always Triumphs in the Garden

Carey Bustard | November 4, 2015

Louise Brewer has a particular interest in native plants, pollinating insects, and the amazing things that happen when they get together. She is part of a flower team, a women’s bible study, and an ESL program at her PCA church. In Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she lives, Louise oversees several community gardens and her own home garden. She and her husband, Bob, have three grown children and two grandchildren.

How would you describe your work?

I am a Master Gardener—that is, I am a volunteer gardener trained by the Penn State Cooperative Extension. I help educate individuals and groups in gardening topics such as plant selection, composting, and soil improvement. My main area of service is being available to answer the phone for those with questions about their gardens.

As an image-bearer of God, how does your work reflect some aspect of God’s work?

This is my favorite question. I love that, in Genesis, God made man and placed him in a garden. He told him to tend, guard, and keep it. When I’m doing work in my garden I like to imagine I’m back in Eden. I feel I’m called to do something similar to Adam and Eve: creatively manage…

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