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West Seattle Herald/White Center News Wednesday, July 30, 1997 3 a IT WASN'T until their kids, George, Clayton and Sandy, were all out of high school that Milton really got going on the rock garden. His initial inspiration came in 1959 on a visit to Omne Gardens in Wenatchee. "He wanted a blue lake like they have there," Florence says. The Walkers learned of a rock shop that was selling its inventory. They bought 10 tons of rock, much of it semiprecious stones like agate, petrified wood and turquoise. Milton dug a pond, but he was so disappointed with the way it turned out that he tried to correct its shape by artfully arranging the rocks he'd purchased, Florence says. Milton began spending more and more time in the garden. He worked swing shift at Boeing so he could spend much of the day laying the polished agate patio and extending the stone walkways. He enclosed the patio with wavy walls of rounded river stones, sorted and set by size and color. He built fountains. HE HAULED IN basalt from Wenatchee and made a miniature mountain range, with heather forests, little paved highways and waterfalls. He capped the moun- tains with a mixture of white sand and white mortar. "Ideas just kept coming," Flo- rence says. "He couldn't keep up with his thoughts. He had no design, he was just following instinct." He stood on end a slab of quartz as big as a tombstone. There in the center is a window in the three- inch-thick quartz that's clear enough to read through. Using steel rebar, Milton made stone arches with steel rebar. He made butterfly molds and decorated the wings with patterns of colored glass. He built a tower that looks like an elaborate, elongated crown. Then, in honor of the nation's bicentenni- al, he put a birthday cake on top. Florence opens the Walker Rock Garden to the public only three times a year: Mother's Day, Father's Day and for Hi-Yu. But there have been three wed- dings there, and Florence will let people roam around in her sanctur ary of stone if they call ahead. Courtesy of Murray's Stu~lio Katie Riley (center) was crowned as the new Miss West Seattle Hi-Yu at Sunday night's pageant. First Princess is Alyson Schweitzer (right) and Tiara Johnson (left) is Second Princess. "A teacher brought her class here once and she told me that she d PUBLIC MEETING heard one little boy tell another, 'This must be what heaven's like.'" "People see the yard and, it's spiritual," Florence says. "It has that natural goodness that goes with rocks." III IIII I I II through group action. Join Sunrise Sunrise Heights Community Heights for there next meetingl 7:30 Council p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6 at Our Wake up toa better way of life Lady of Guadalupe in the school .... basement at 34th and Myrtle. Sewer Service Hot WaterTanks It0(~P**044NR $14-2545 about us? ~mg Traditional Medical Plan ;Great teachers! \ tl~ ,1%1 \ available for next fall! through 5th Grade I Care (7-9 am; 3-6 pro) have great plans for keeping you healthier in West Seattle. 905 34 4178 JPB 670898 9287 0O Blue Cross + 695 87 5678 il ZX~ 09C988 987 O0 ~i [ JGOSg XC 99 ER 77 ! ~ V2Y?E XC 99 ER 7? JGO6K XC 99 RR 77 2 Summer Pro ram... ........ i 648 8 +0 ~ SW ~3~ 4fl~041/892~7 DO ; ~ V2,TE~I~ 0qIO~Sxc 99 ~R98777 O0 ; of )endent Schools l ........................... Z ......... ~S ~7~ ~z~,* ~, ~9o97e 9287 o0 w~o ~o9~, ~,7 oo ~ 90s 3~ ~7~ .o0 | ~g 4901198 Ut~U~,~, ~t,- V'~ ~.. ,,~~ r~.~ v~ 3pl) 670898 9287.00 i ilosses ...... :Plugs glas Rods on Sole Paci~Ca~'.+ i ETHIX' ~# ++ .~,~.A,,,.,.,.,~,o [ ""~~ .......... ,o|++ I ,-r===~.'===='-"=-[ =.+,+om" ,.,,0 + +++::;o:++." + ,o=,+ ,,, ,, + .,:: :;0:+;...., o0 + You don't have to drive all the way into Seattle to find a great doctor anymore. We have world-class physicians who deliver a broad range of primary care services for you and your family right here in West Seattle, just a few minutes from home. And we honor all the health plans you see here, plus a lot more. So if you're looking for healthcm'e that's closer to home, stop by our clinic soon and give us an examination. One way or another, we've got you covered. Six/Pink Ladle., eooh ii 8am to 8pro Tuesday - Sunday Closed Monday near 4700 42nd Avenue S.W, West Seattle (206) 933-2100 No rain checks, all sales subject to stock on hand