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Beverly and Jim Burfield like to scour auctions, antique shops, craft and thrift stores for decorative items for their Trinity yard. A fountain, antique goat cart, bicycle and hanging planters and dragonflies are included in their landscape.
DAILY Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.
Beverly and Jim Burfield like to scour auctions, antique shops, craft and thrift stores for decorative items for their Trinity yard. A fountain, antique goat cart, bicycle and hanging planters and dragonflies are included in their landscape.

Artistic garden
Creative touches add to beauty of Burfields’ back yard

By Patrice Stewart
DAILY Staff Writer

pstewart@decaturdaily.com · 340-2446

Every well-dressed yard needs an antique goat wagon to hold summertime flowers and picnic food.

This goat wagon is a focal point of Jim and Beverly Burfield's back yard in Trinity, along with a fountain surrounded by flowerbeds and comfortable seating areas for morning bird-watching and coffee or evening dining.

Jim Burfield won the goat cart at an auction in Athens and uses it to hold flowers in spring and summer
DAILY Photo by Gary Cosby Jr
Jim Burfield won the goat cart at an auction in Athens and uses it to hold flowers in spring and summer
The Burfields enjoy checking auctions, antique shops, craft and thrift stores for decorative items for their yard.

The goat cart caught Jim's eye at Dixie Auction in Athens a couple of years ago. He started out with a $50 bid but had to outbid another, taking it home for $300. He's learned that decades ago in Germany, people took their goat carts to the grocery store.

"He loves auctions, but when he bid on that wagon, I wondered what in the world he would do with it," said Beverly.

They've given it loving care. The cart often spends holidays in the front yard, where Jim decorates it for Halloween with pumpkins and hay, or with holiday lights for Christmas.

He built a cover to use during backyard events, and they top it with a colorful cloth.

"We use it to hold gifts for bridal parties and birthday parties, and we convert it to a table for barbecues," said Beverly. "We have also used the cart to pull the grandchildren around the yard."

The Burfields have spent a lot of time clearing their wooded lot and replanting since they built their house in Forest Home Estates 10 years ago. Jim landscaped it himself after retiring from Solutia and then from Daikin. He installed the fountain himself about three years ago, before he began handling home improvements for others. She is textbook coordinator for Morgan County schools.

An old bicycle becomes garden art.
DAILY Photo by Gary Cosby Jr
An old bicycle becomes garden art.
Blooming flowers for each season include daylilies, hydrangeas, impatiens, petunias black-eyed susans, irises, caladiums, hostas, roses, tulips and pansies, with plenty of azaleas and dogwood trees, too. Small stone turtles, rabbits and other animals peek out between elephant ears and shrubbery, and a chiminea is ready to provide heat when cool weather arrives.

Their large back yard has been the setting for weddings, wedding receptions, bridal teas and dinners, birthday and retirement parties, ice-cream socials and family gatherings.

One of her finds, an old bicycle tagged with a daughter's name, holds a basket of flowers at the fence. Nearby, one area is set aside for sandbox and see-saw play by the nine grandchildren, while another is a pet cemetery for beloved Yorkshire terriers.

Dragonfly accessories and hanging planters add interest to an outside wall. The back porch is a cool place to sit in the swing or the pair of Adirondack chairs; these antique-shop finds are painted black, along with a coffee table.

Keeping everything watered and alive has been a challenge in recent hot, dry weather, Jim said, along with dealing with fallout from hurricanes, from branches to whole trees. "The shade is nice," he said, but it has its drawbacks.

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