Offbeat: Rock Garden

July 24, 2006--Posted at 8:00 a.m. CDT

PARAGOULD, AR--Burrell Rogers spent 30 years working for the Arkansas Highway Department, but even in retirement, can't seem to get away from hauling rock.

For the last 5 years, Burrell and his wife have been creating a yard some describe as "Fantasty Land," while others call it the rock pile.  The Rogers have brought in more than a ton of rocks, creating gardens and walls throughout the yard surrounding their rock garden.

The yard is also full of old farm implements, many which came from Patty's dad's farm.  Patty painted all them John Deere green and yellow.  Scattered throughout the yard are areas dedicated to all the lawn ornaments the couple has purchased over the years, everything from frogs, to gnomes, chickens, pigs, cows, churches, and even a Christian shrine with a statue of Jesus.

The Rogers live at 722 W. Thompson St. in Paragould and love it when people come by and stop in for a tour of their yard.