Notes from an Italian Garden

by Joan Marble

Thirty years ago, UPI political writer Joan Marble and her sculptor husband Robert Cook bought an unpromising piece of land north of Rome in the hamlet of Canale, home of the ancient Etruscans. Here they restored a house and, more importantly, started a garden that changed their lives. Despite the incredulity of local inhabitants and the seemingly endless problems they encountered, the couple’s enthusiasm for the ancient countryside, their ignorance of the obstacles they faced, their downright stubbornness, and the unexpected friends who helped them all served to conquer the inhospitable terrain.