Serene Heights area yard rooted in memory

Artist Mary Hayslip´s great grandparents moved into this Heights area home in 1920. She has live there since 1974 and since then she has turned her yard into a peaceful refuge.


A towering live oak beside the garage apartment was a gift to her from her late father Gordon Hayslip. ¨I think he wanted me to remember him with that tree, she said.

The tranquil yard is steeped in memories.  Her departed pooch is buried below a small statue of St. Francis and, “If I´m digging in the flower bed, I can feel the energy of my great grandmother¨ who was often working in it, she said.


Tibetan prayer flags blow in the breeze in her front yard. ¨Someone dropped them off on my porch, I don’t know who, a mystery person,” Hayslip said.

Her whimsical topiary is tribute to her late father. The hedges are almost 100 years old, she said.


A spot near the garage apartment is among her favorites. She’ll sit there and watch birds, frogs and people walk by. Two of the outdoor chairs are vintage and one is from IKEA.


Hayslip made these ceramic lotus flowers. She displays them in a case in her entry room. The lotus flower is a symbol of rebirth, she said. “They are born in the muddy water and come up clean.”



Bonus pictures of Mary Hayslip’s home and yard:

This backyard bench is near a shrine to her late pet, a dog named Handsome Boy. She will sometimes sit there and remember him.
Her dog Valentino strikes a dramatic pose. She made the coffee table out of a “pre-Nintendo” game board and a mirror given to her by a neighbor.
She found this accordion in an attic in Joplin, Missouri. “It was haunted”, she recalled. “It talked when you didn’t press the keys.” A friend turned it into a lamp, and it hangs in her living room.


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