After almost three years of planning and planting, the meadow was coming into its own. The grasses were finally tall and healthy. Flowering plants lit up the field. As a finishing touch, an inviting new walking path had just been created.
Then disaster struck. A mowing contractor, not familiar with the project, had time left after completing his primary work at the site. He decided to do the owners a favor: He cut the meadow to the ground, including forty-plus shrubs and hundreds of wetland plants. Tractor tires ground all that careful work into oblivion.