(UPDATE) Tree down on home of famous gardener Ryan Gainey
This story has been updated.
A giant tree fell on the Decatur home of famous garden designer and author Ryan Gainey.
A Decaturish reader sent photos of a large tree down and firefighters on the scene at 129 Emerson Ave.
A message posted on the Lenox Place Facebook page said, “Urgent! Ryan Gaineys house has just been crushed by a tree. He is displaced and we need 2 dog crates STAT for his dogs. Please drive over and drop at 136 Emerson. Ryan is ok!”
Gainey is an avid dog lover and has had multiple Jack Russell terriers in the past.
Deputy Fire Chief Stephanie Harpring said Gainey was not injured and is staying with a neighbor this evening.
“Decatur Fire Rescue responded to a call at 129 Emerson Ave in reference to a tree on a house. The resident self evacuated without injury,” Harpring said via email. “Utilities were disconnected as a safety precaution. The house is uninhabitable in its current condition. Building Official, Mark Ethun and Decatur Fire assisted with securing the residence and property. Resident is staying with a neighbor.”
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Gainey’s home has been featured in the Decatur Garden Tour, not to mention numerous books and magazines, according to Gainey’s website.
Film crews took over his home in 2011 to shoot the Disney movie “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.”
It’s not clear yet how badly Gainey’s home and gardens may have been damaged.
Decaturish is working to find out more and will update this story as we receive more details.