IT will be a battle, but Jan Poropat has vowed to rebuild a section of her garden, which was badly damaged in the recent windstorm.
The Culburra Beach resident will rebuild because her garden gave so much pleasure to many people.
The well-established English cottage style garden once had an arbour with some beautiful plants that made it a local attraction.
However, it was gone within minutes.
“It must have been like a mini tornado hit it,” she said.
As Mrs Poropat touched what remained of the crushed yellow rose she got from Honeysuckle Cottage in the Blue Mountains, which was run by a rose doctor, she said she would try to start all over again.
However, she does have some fears.
“I don’t know if I will live to see it covered again,” she said.
The 67-year-old said to rebuild the garden to its former glory would take “a lot of work for an old lady” but she was going to give it a go.
“I am going to try to save every plant in the garden,” she said.
The yellow rose was a particular favourite for many people, including professional photographers who regularly stopped to take photos of it in full bloom.
“They used to say the only other place to see a rose like this was in the Southern Highlands,” she said.
“The rose’s origins date back to England in the 1800s and it had a particular musk scent – a bit like a man’s aftershave.”
Mrs Poropat loved her garden and so did many others.
People on walks or motorists driving past would stop and chat to her as she watered and tended it.
“My garden is my pride and joy. I live for my garden and I would die for it,” she said.
“It gave so much pleasure to people in the area.”