Clematis 'Sweet Autumn' is one of the flowers in the Memorial Garden. Photo courtesy of Small Farm, Stow, MA

On Mother’s Day, we take time to remember how special our mothers are.  We appreciate them with gifts, brunches, cards and flowers.   But if our mom’s have passed away, we are left to hold them tightly in our hearts, remember, and send prayers and good wishes their way.

Most of our lives have been touched by cancer.  Many of our mother’s have battled cancer.  This spring, there is a way you can remember mom or other loved ones who have died from cancer.  You can participate in the first annual Plant-a-Seed-and-Remember Ceremony, in the Memorial Garden in Hampden Township.  The event will be held Saturday May 8 from 8am to Noon.  The Memorial Garden is near the Conodoguinet Youth Park located off Orrs Bridge Road.

The Memorial Garden is a labor of love for Passion for Mother’s Flowers founder Laura Lee Lukinich.    The idea for both the organization and the garden grew from Laura’s experiences with her mother’s struggle with cancer.  Laura realized that hospitalized people, who take great pleasure in their gardens, would be worried about their flowerbeds at home.  She wanted to find a way to allow patients to focus all their energy on healing.

“You see, one of my mother’s greatest passions is her flowerbeds, and I wanted so much to give them the same loving care she always did so to assure they looked as beautiful when she returned from the hospital as when she left home,” writes Laura on her website.  In a previous post called “Caring for More than Flowers”, I wrote about Passion for Mother’s Flowers.

Laura, with her powerfully positive spirit and boundless energy, has made great progress with both Passion for Mother’s Flowers and the Memorial Garden in just one year.  The peaceful site along the banks of the Conodoguinet creek is clear and ready to go.  A beautiful garden has been designed by George Weigel, and the ceremony and planting have been lovingly planned.

Sandy Reece and her daughter, Laura Lee Lukunich.

There are many ways you can participate in the Plant-a-Seed-and-Remember Ceremony.  Early in the ceremony, guests will arrive and record the names of people they are remembering in a keepsake album.   You can bring annual flowers to plant as a remembrance, or there will be flowers available for purchase at the event.  There will be complementary seeds.

Larger plants and garden items like benches and trellis are available for reservation. You can reserve and dedicate plants that are part of George’s design for your mother.  For example, you could dedicate a Hinoki Cypress Gracilis or Double Pink Knock Out Roses to your mom. Memorial engraved bricks, trellises and benches are still available.  Reservation deadline is March 31st.  For more details go to their website.

Before the planting, Reverend Donald J. Seiple will offer prayers and then names from the keepsake album will be read.  Yours truly will be wandering around taking pictures and talking with folks about their experiences.

Join us to think about mom in this special way.  Plant a seed or plant a flower.  Then stop by as often as you wish, to enjoy the garden and remember your loved one.George Weigel's design for the Memorial Garden.

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Laura Mathews

Laura is a garden writer and photographer. She writes online content for gardening websites, writes for gardening publications and blogs for three gardening blogs. Her interests are local food, organic gardening, backyard homesteading and native plants. She assists gardening related clients with social media. And occasionally, she'll offer a solicited opinion as a garden coach.

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