Nancy Rosebrough and her granddaughter, Mary Kate Gilcrease of Fort Worth, spend some morning quality time together in Rosebrough s cottage garden.
Nancy Rosebrough and her granddaughter, Mary Kate Gilcrease of Fort Worth, spend some morning quality time together in Rosebrough s cottage garden. Rosebrough has done all the landscaping for the home she and her husband, Chuck, built 11 years ago on the east side of Possum Kingdom Lake.
Folks in Graham call Nancy Rosebrough if they have questions about plants.

In fact, you might say she's the female-version of “dirt doctor”  Howard Garrett here. She earned the reputation after she and her husband Chuck moved into her grandparents' house on Elm Street in 1984.

Her friends knew about her huge, flower-filled backyard on Elm Street. However, Graham's only spring garden tour put her in the limelight. She began a small landscaping business that began with doing flowers for the beds around First United Methodist Church and then the landscaping around First National Bank.

Now she's created another beauty spot on the east side of Possum Kingdom Lake where she and her husband built a new home. There's a circular cottage garden blooming with hollyhocks, Asiatic day lilies, bachelor's buttons and many butterfly-friendly flowers.  She did the landscaping from scratch.

Rosebrough took her primer class in horticulture from Tripp Smith, who grew and sold poinsettias in Graham. She knows that growing flowers in North Texas can be a real challenge and has also found books such as “Easy Gardens for North Central Texas”  invaluable. She prefers to grow everything organically using Howard Garrett's book, “Howard Garrett's Plants for Texas” as a guide.

Rosebrough collects seeds from her perennial flowers and shares them with her friends. Her mother, Chloe King, divides bulbs every year and keeps her supplied with dark purple irises and day lilies.

Today Rosebrough's home is like a revolving door of daughters, their husbands, grandchildren, their friends and other visitors. Rosebrough admits she's older than she ever imagined, but she loves her life and shows no sign of slowing down.