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by Helen Keller

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As told in The Story of My Life, why did Helen consider the garden her paradise?   

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On the Keller property was a small house called "Ivy Green."  This house had a garden, which Helen considered to be a sort of paradise.  She found solace in the garden even during the dark days before Miss Sullivan arrived to be her teacher.  She used her remaining senses of touch and smell to enjoy the beauty of the garden.  Helen described this in her autobiography:

I used to feel along the square stiff boxwood hedges, and, guided by the sense of smell, would find the first violets and lilies (The Story of My Life, Chapter I).

The garden was a place where Helen found comfort when she was upset or frustrated.  She went there alone to touch and smell the plants, trees, and flowers.  She learned to recognize the flowers and plants by their scent and feel.  She especially loved the roses in the garden.  The roses in the garden at home were better than roses anywhere else in Helen's opinion.

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