A greenhouse is a lovely place to grow


August 24, 2023

Olivia Rose / Petersburg Pilot

The impressive gardens growing all around Mary Ellen Anderson and Jimmy Swainson's property began with this first bed built onto a south-facing wall enclosing the home's carport.

Inside Mary Ellen Anderson's greenhouse, a sea of green leaves ripples in the breeze of a fan. Pigeons coo nearby, and the radio, almost always on, plays quietly on a shelf. The air is made fragrant by tomato vines laden with fruit, cucumber blossoms, greens and flowers, and even peppers.

"Every night," Mary Ellen says, "we have a good salad."

The greenhouse is situated on a hill overlooking the Wrangell Narrows. Its walls are windows that showcase the handsome timber of the post and beam construction. The translucent corrugated PVS roof collects rain with gutters filling a wooden barrel...

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