When Toshiyuki Kuroki’s wife Yasuko went blind and lost her sparkle, he spent years transforming their garden into a floral paradise for his wife to smell.
Loving husband quit farming to grow a flower garden for his blind wife
The shibazakura is in full bloom in the garden of Toshiyuki Kuroki’s house in Shintomi-cho, Miyazaki Prefecture. On many days, up to 7,000 people come to see the bright pink flowers.
Twenty-five years ago, his wife, Yasuko, went blind due to diabetes and lost her lust for life. Toshiyuki filled the garden with the shibazakura he had seen at his elder sister’s house, and swore to cheer up his wife.
He stopped dairy farming and concentrated on the garden. He cut down 300 cedar trees and dug up their roots. The hill was sculpted and arranged on a gentle slope, and seedlings were raised and planted. The site is about 1,000 square meters.
The garden has increased little by little every year.
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