A garden of beauty

Courtesy photo

Karen and Ole Skinner of 126 Fayette Pole Creek Rd., Pinedale, are the first recipients of the Sage and Snow Garden Club’s Garden of Beauty Award for 2021. Their spacious yard features a variety of trees, shrubs and flowers, including some colorful hollyhocks that return year after year. Two years ago, Ole and Karen built a large greenhouse from recycled windows and wood.  In their indoor garden beds, they grow magnificent cabbages, tomatoes, potatoes, radishes, lettuce, squash, cucumbers, carrots, beets, beans and asparagus. Ole and Karen pride themselves on repurposing materials that others have discarded. Many of their trees are castoffs from landscaping projects at large estates in Sun Valley, Idaho. Ole, the youngest son of Clem and Viola Skinner and one of six Skinner brothers, was born in Pinedale and was part of the famed Skinner Brothers Wilderness School and Outfitters for many years.