This is the fourth in an occasional series on Oddities & Wonders in the Ashland landscape.
The fence that fronts 360 Harrison St. in Ashland is a tribute to the memory of the 20 six- and seven-year-old students and the six adult staff of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, who were killed five years ago today, on Dec. 14, 2012.
This is actually the side fence of Lynn Ramey’s house on Pennsylvania Street. Lynn is the artist behind the fence, originally constructed and painted five years ago. The decorations started in December 2013, on the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings. Since then, each month she has installed new items, now totalling 26 mittens, hearts, flags, sunflowers, tulips, shamrocks, or other seasonally appropriate items in tribute to each casualty.
Neighbors and passersby have been supportive of the fence and the losses it honors, but the rest of the yard, which Ramey says is a creative work in progress, has its neighborhood detractors.
—Ruth Sloan writes about the Ashland Garden Club’s Garden of the Month from April through September. Send suggestions about great gardens or Oddities & Wonders to firstname.lastname@example.org.