Looking and walking through the centennial gardens in downtown Comstock, Jo Wells
can barely believe that a beautiful garden rose from the ashes in this city block.
"We never thought that it would turn into something like this. We never had the foresight to know it would be something like this," she said.
A fire destroyed this part of Comstock in 1993. Instead of letting the buildings become an eyesore, community members came together, built, and dedicated the garden in 1999.
"What I say keeps in going is God, the sun, and the rain," said Jo.
Many native grasses and flowers bloom all over. A sheriff weeds out all the troublemakers. The beauty of the garden even brings in new residents to town. Pam Chambers from Texas fell in love with Comstock the instant she stopped and smelled the flowers.
"A garden like this feeds your soul. There's something peaceful and therapeutic and wonderful about a place like this," Pam said.
Many enjoy a night out at the friendship patio which used to serve as the town's power plant. Kids can even dig up their own memories in the children's garden. If you don't have a green thumb, people support the garden through the buy a brick program.
"It's a labor of love. You do it because you want to do it and that's what makes it fun."
People from all over the country have visited the centennial garden. The buildings lost could be called yesterday's seeds because they grew into today's beautiful blooming flowers.
The garden is free and open to the public. They do take donations.