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Deaver Garden, something to marvel at PDF Print E-mail


By Tawny Burmood

UNL Student Intern


Four years ago the lot on 7th and Sherman used to have an old abandoned trailer until Dave and Kathy Deaver got their hands on it.

“I was looking for an empty lot to do my hobby,” Dave said.

It was just the kind of spot they needed in order to grow a plentiful crop in town, something that they had done together their whole life on a farm. 

But the lot was not anywhere close to the condition it needed to be to grow a garden.

“We found everything but a body there, literally” Kathy said.

What they found was underwear, socks, marble, forks, spoons and pieces of glass in a lot full of tall weeds.

Dave worked on the lot all spring to get it ready for planting. And after four years it has become something to marvel at in the community.

“It was just the facelift it needed,” Kathy said.

Gardening on the broken-down lot started in 2006 after Dave retired from the sheriff’s office in Logan County. He began his career in 1967 on the police force in Dundy County and spent 12 years working for the Perkins County Sheriff’s Department. 

Kathy later joined him in the gardening efforts full-time after she retired last year from Frenchman Valley Coop where she worked as a clerk for 20 years.

Kathy and Dave have been gardening ever since they married 46 years ago. There was only one year that they didn’t garden. But with six children, Kathy said, they had to garden.


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