Garden by the Sea
Finally, the sea itself can be both boon and bane. Fierce storms sometimes blow waves over the access road, leaving behind dripping piles of seaweed. But rather than return it all to the sea, Bunny fertilizes her garden with it and shares it with other gardeners, too.
The circle of people whom the O’Callahans have touched with their garden is wide — and growing wider. A number of artists — many of them members of Stonington’s “Monday Morning Painting Group,” which Juan co-founded — have painted en plein air there. “At any art show around here,” Bunny says, “you can probably find one work painted in our garden.” And now Juan hopes to run a fitness retreat for people 60 and over on the property (p-sarp.com). “I’m over 70,” he notes, “and I want to keep fit and help others keep fit.”
Taking care of others comes naturally to this couple — as the birds, the butterflies, the bees, and the grandchildren can all attest.