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1932 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
BRIAN MUESSIG BRIAN MUESSIG, lifelong resident of the Ferndale area, died December 8, 2017, at Redwood Memorial Hospital. A fit and vigorous professional Gardener, his slow decline deprived him of what he enjoyed most, creating beautiful gardens. "All I want to do is dig in the dirt," he said in the last months of his life. Brian was born on May 29, 1932 to Harold H. and Helen Anderson Muessig. Many of his early years were happily spent on his grandparents' dairy ranch at Waddington. There he developed both a rigorous work ethic and a spirit of kind generosity. Brian attended the University of California, Berkeley, studying economics and horticulture. After college, he returned to live at Fern Cottage near Ferndale for several years. He restored the historic home's original kitchen garden, nurtured the numerous flower beds, and designed and installed the surrounding landscaping. Those who saw those gardens in their prime knew Brian to be a Master Gardener. Over the years, Brian created and tended numerous house gardens in Ferndale. He worked with Dorothy McBride for many years and improved the landscaping of her many properties, including The Maples, her own home. Among other gardens in Ferndale, he made an astonishing floral/vegetable garden for Dora Damon. He designed a simple but elegant garden at the home of Evelyn Whitney, and many, many more. In Eureka, he designed and established several very significant gardens, notably, a truly grand landscape and garden for Elizabeth Morrison. Perhaps the grandest landscape scheme that Brian conceived was at his own home on Lawson Lane near Ferndale. He designed garden rooms with tall clipped hedges, surrounding many small gardens, berry patches, apple orchards, and kitchen gardens. Brian was an 18th century gentleman who could transform landscapes. Brian was an extremely intelligent man. He was a profound and subtle thinker. He was also exquisitely polite. An ardent lover of Earth's soil and all things green and growing, he made the world beautiful. A gathering will be held to commemorate Brian Muessig's life at Fern Cottage Centerville Road, on Sunday, 20 May, from 1:00 to 3:00 p,m. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com
Published in Eureka Times-Standard from May 16 to May 18, 2018
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