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Realtor finds relaxation in arrangements

A.C. Reeves, owner of the Real Estate Gallery, clips sunflowers in the garden behind her office Friday. (Jay Sowers | Times-Journal)

A.C. Reeves, owner of the Real Estate Gallery, clips sunflowers in the garden behind her office Friday. (Jay Sowers | Times-Journal)

When she gets stressed at work, A.C. Reeves heads out to the garden.

“It’s very similar to working on a piece of art,” said Reeves, co-owner and broker at The Real Estate Gallery. “It’s all about using the other side of your brain. Numbers don’t matter. Time doesn’t matter. There are times when I need to get out there and do that.”

Over the past four years, Reeves has expanded the size of the garden behind her business’ Broad Street location, and it now includes 40 sunflower and zinnia plants.

This year, Reeves has started selling cut flowers grown in the garden at the Selma Farmers Market.

“The reason I go to the farmers market, is that if don’t cut them, they will grow like crazy back here and get out of hand,” Reeves said. “Also, I thought we need to have flowers at the farmers market. It is such a good venue for flowers.”

Reeves, who is also an accomplished artist in a number of mediums in her free time — including painting, papermaking and photography — said gardening is not unlike those other creative processes.

“I’m still learning how to plant and arrange things in the garden, and there is definitely an art to that,” Reeves said. “Really, the entire gardening process is just like art. I like to plug in a book-on-tape and just go. I just like the whole process of gardening, just like when I’m doing any of other kind of art.”

Reeves, who admits she hasn’t always had a love for gardening, said she enjoys the entire process of gardening, and the potential of every seed she sticks in the ground.

“I’ve gotten to a place where I really love it. It is so fun to go out and notice the little changes; the blooms and everything,” Reeves said. “And I like with these annuals that you plant them, they have great color and volume, and then you pull them all up at the end of the year and start again.”