Situated by the farmhouse on the Gray farm, which David Gray owned, little is known of what Hester Gray's garden was before his son Jordan Gray owned it. Since David lived on what was Silas Sloane's property in 1882, it is implied that it may have been left untended as it would have been quite difficult for David to keep up the farm on his own.
What is known is that sometime in early 1848, Jordan went down to Boston where he met Hester Murray, who was tired of working there and wanted to be back in the country again. Respecting her wishes, when they later married in the same year, Jordan took her to Avonlea to live, where David Gray gave him the farm to run.
There, Jordan made Hester a garden, which she loved and tended to for the four years that she lived there with him. Even after she caught consumption, she was still devoted to it and would make Jordan pray with her that she would die in it when the time came.
Hester grew weaker and weaker, unable to tend to the garden any more. One day in 1852, Jordan took her out to her garden for the last time. Lying there happily on the bench in Jordan's arms, she died there happily and was buried there. Jordan later sold the farm, went back to Boston, and ten years later, when he died, he was brought back to Avonlea and buried right beside Hester.
Twenty years after Jordan's death, in 1882, Anne Shirley, Diana Barry (who happened to be a distant relation of Hester), Jane Andrews and Priscilla Grant came to the garden, where Anne celebrated her adopted birthday and Diana told them its story.
Gilbert Blythe's proposal to Anne ShirleyEdit
At the end of Anne of the Island Gilbert and Anne go for a walk in Hester Gray's garden and Gilbert proposes for the second time. Overwhelmed with happiness, Anne accepts.
- "Beyond were the "back fields" of the farms that ran out to the upper Carmody road. Just before them, hemmed in by beeches and firs but open to the south, was a little corner and in it a garden . . .or what had once been a garden. A tumbledown stone dyke, overgrown with mosses and grass, surrounded it. Along the eastern side ran a row of garden cherry trees, white as a snowdrift. There were traces of old paths still and a double line of rosebushes through the middle; but all the rest of the space was a sheet of yellow and white narcissi, in their airiest, most lavish, wind-swayed bloom above the lush green grasses."
- —Chapter 13, Anne of Avonlea[src]
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