River Hills garden has edible landscaping, pond, pollinator plants

Debra and Steve Koenig describe the 5 acres that surround their River Hills home in various ways.

She calls it a labor of love.

He calls it a tremendous amount of work.

They both say it’s central to their lives.

“There’s no question about that. We spend most of our time in the growing months working on our property. It takes constant work when you have a property this big,” she said.

“Gardening mixes the pleasures of physical exertion, intellectual stimulation, problem solving, creativity and beauty. Neither of us gardened growing up and we have no formal training, but we both love the outdoors, and we were influenced by people close to us who treasured their flowers,” as well as travel destinations, she added.