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Canadian gardener Jim Bauer in his backyard near Manotick, Ontario
Canadian gardener Jim Bauer in his backyard near Manotick, Ontario

People: Jim Bauer, Dutch-Canadian gardener

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Last weekend was Victoria Day, a holiday across Canada. Like Memorial Day weekend in the US, it kicks off the summer state of mind, as flowering trees festoon the breeze with pink and white petals and growing things compete to create the most vivid shade of green. Ottawa correspondent Lucy Martin was on side roads, snapping photos of Watson's Mill in Manotick, Ontario on a bright Saturday morning, when her eye was caught by a shiny green tractor neatly parked in a short residential driveway. Homeowner Jim Bauer happened to be nearby. It was one of those out-of-the-blue conversations as Bauer shared the work of a lifetime.

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Lucy Martin
Ottawa Correspondent

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