May 12, 2013

Finding a new way to love gardening

Deon Lyons finds he can still garden despite losing all his eyesight in the summer of 2010.

By DOUG HARLOW Morning Sentinel

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Deon Lyons, left, learns where the rope lines are with help from visually impaired gardener David Perry in Fairfield.

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Lyons said he first will learn Perry's style of gardening and learn his way around the large garden.

"(I'm) basically going to be learning how to garden all over again," Lyons said.

Perry agreed, saying Lyons will help him plant seeds, onion sets and seedlings during the next couple of weeks.

"I think it's great, ... what he's done to help people and what he has done to inspire me to give me hope and to think being blind isn't the end of my life," Lyons said.

Perry said he welcomes the help from Lyons and looks forward to his new friend's company while raising tomatoes, cabbage, onions and carrots. He said he can feed both families with the produce and still have enough to give away to neighbors and passers-by at a farm stand he sets up on Main Street in late summer.

"It's my pleasure; we've become quick, pretty tight friends over the last year," he said. "To me, it's just a pleasure. That's what this kind of thing is really about -- you learn something, you hand it off, you hand it to somebody else."

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