April 18, 2004--Posted at 10:45 p.m. C.D.T.
BONO, AR--Region 8 is full of tourist stops, things for out of towners to see and enjoy. One of those is not too far from Jonesboro, off the beaten path.
It's just west of Bono, just up the ridge, and just around the corner on County Road 361. It's a place some are calling "Six Flags Over Bono.""I've got little odds and ends all in here and down here," says Nola Isom.
That may very well be the understatement of the new millenium. Odds and ends indeed, with a lot more odds than ends.
"A lot of people thought it was a grave yard at first," said Isom. "I had one person thought it was a dog cemetary and another thought it was a just a regular cemetary."
But the piece of property across the road from Nola Isom's home is neither person nor pet cemetary. It's Isom's garden, minus the flowers.
"I look around and see how proud I am to be a doin," says the 74 year old Isom.
What she's been doing for the last three years, is collecting. "Everything. It ain't got no theme that I know of, I just take antyhing and everything and put it out in the grass," says Isom.
And when she says anything and everything, that's just exactly what she means.
"I go to a yard sale and see something I want and I get it," said Isom
And by the looks of it, there's not a whole lot Ms. Isom doesn't want.
"I couldn't tell you all what I got out there," says Isom. "Ducks, angels, dolls, pots and pans, tools, toys, signs, globes, frogs, dogs, cats, unicorns. You name I probably got it.
Ceramic, cement, plastic, wooden, it doesn't matter. Even some of her prized possessions are out for the world to see,a world that has stopped by from time to time.
"I guess I have a lot of people from out of state and I show em and they'll walk over it, looking at everything," says Isom.
But for some, these knick knacks are nothing more than trash on a lawn...
"A lot of them say it's junk, but like I say I enjoy it."
Proof positive that one person's trash is truly another person's treasure.
Isom says, "It's just amazing to me to think that I got something started and other people besides me like to see it. It makes me proud."
Isom Garden, aka Six Flags Over Bono, a place where the flowers are fake, but the blossoming pride is very, very, real.