Shirley Riebe Eulogy from Garnette Edwards

Shirley Riebe

It’s with a very sad heart that I share the loss of our dear friend and former employee Shirley Riebe.


Shirley was lovingly referred to as “The Geranium Lady”. She was responsible for taking the cuttings, transplanting them and growing the beautiful annual flowers. She did this and many other jobs for 25 years; but before she came to work at Edwards, four of her children (Davey, Cherie, Bob and Karl) were here spanning about 15 years.

Shirley was a bright spot in my life. Her laughter began with a giggle, which morphed into a full-blown belly laugh. It was contagious. Her philosophy of life was practical and “earthy”.  Shirley knew no “airs”, no pretense.

She was a kind and thoughtful woman. She was loyal, hardworking and truthful (perhaps painfully truthful sometimes). I came to love her and her honesty.

Shirley mentored me and others through many obstacles and difficult times.

I understand now her strength. She shared it with a generation of Edwards women who were strong, smart, capable and nurturing. Most are now gone.

I write about my personal feelings, but I know I’m not alone. Her death has impacted us, and our loss will leave a void.

Shirley Riebe touched us all in many quiet, simple ways that have left a grand memory and many stories. We shall miss her.

Thank you, Shirley.

Read Shirley’s Obituary HERE

What's New in Herbs and Veggies for 2019


Blue Curled Vates Kale: a compact curly green kale, grows 12-16 in. tall and has a mild flavor. Pictured to the left.

Red Traviso Radicchio: an Italian heirloom radicchio with long loose heads instead of the usual cabbage shape; greenish red leaves in early summer, turns deep red with white ribs as weather cools.

Red Rosie Romaine: a beautiful romaine with narrow green leaves tipped red.

Fiesta Broccoli: recommended by a customer, a reliable broccoli with 5-7 in. heads and good tolerance to both hot and cold temperatures.


China Express Cabbage: back by popular demand, this slow bolting Napa type cabbage has uniform, barrel shaped heads, 8-9 in. tall and 4-5 lbs. Pictured to the left.

Mountain Spinach: we tried this perennial green last fall and were impressed, grows into a 6-9 foot vine with heart shaped leaves that taste like spinach.

Persian Middle East Cucumbers: we’ve had many requests for these petite, 5-7 in. cucumbers with thin skins and few seeds (popular at the grocery) and are looking forward to trying them out in our gardens.

Green Tiger Squash: a beautiful light green/dark green striped zucchini carried on a compact plant.


Honeynut Squash: a mini butternut squash, 5 in. long and 1-1.5 lbs., can be trellised, perfect for a single serving; would make a cute combo with Honey Bear, our mini acorn squash! Pictured to the left.

Honey Queen Raspberry: cold hardy, everbearing yellow raspberry, very sweet, and one of the few that will do well with some shade.

Apache Thornless Blackberry: returning after a few years’ absence, an erect blackberry, 4-5 ft. tall, with very sweet, glossy fruit.


Sweetheart Blueberry: new last year, but somehow went unnoticed, a cross between southern and northern varieties that has the unusual ability to produce 2 crops of flavorful and juicy berries, one in May and a smaller one in August. Pictured to the left.

Berried Treasure Box Huckleberry: an Appalachian member of the huckleberry family, low growing, evergreen, and spreads by rhizomes, till it reaches 8-12 in. tall by 3-8 ft. wide; bears dark blue berries. Unfortunately, we are all SOLD OUT of this new berry!

Royalty Purple Raspberry: available again, this amazing summer bearing raspberry can be eaten red, or let it ripen to purple and it’s even sweeter.


Cabernet Franc Wine Grape: blue-black grape used to make blended wine, full-bodied red wine, or a dry rose.

Pinot Gris Wine Grape: white grape whose round fruit varies in color - pink, copper/gray and brown/pink, makes a light bodied, floral wine, that may be deep yellow to copper, depending on the grape color.

Wee One Lavender: very compact, 8-10 in. tall x 12-16 in. wide, with lavender blue flowers and bright green foliage – looks like a little mound of blue! Pictured to the left.