I was that little girl constantly being told to Stop Picking the Neighbors Flowers! So, when the time came to design my own garden and yard I knew I wanted lots of flowers for my kids to pick.
Jane's pregnancy and birth was particularly difficult and I was overcome with gratitude for all the family, friends, and neighbors who helped my family during that time. So I decided that for each person that brought a meal, or watched my other kids, or helped fold laundry I would take them a thank you card with a bouquet of flowers from my yard. By the end of that beautiful summer of giving flowers I knew there was more to this flower thing. Flowers connected people in a way I still find difficult to describe accurately.
As I thought about what I wanted to do with this new gift I could give the thought came to me to open a U-Pick Flower Garden. Let other people come pick flowers and give them away. Spread flowers.
All winter I researched and planned to create a cut flower garden in a part of my vegetable garden. And that spring my husband and kids and I worked to make it happen. Then heartbreak. My brother tragically passed away. And again my amazing community gathered around my family and lifted us up. I was again overcome with gratitude for the incredible people who cared for us. And I spent another summer giving flowers as a small token of the gratitude that I felt.
When there were too many flowers for me to cut on my own, I invited people to come and cut their own. It was magical. The sunshine, laughter, and beauty filled my garden and soul.
We have expanded the garden for 2020 and I hope that as you come and connect with God's beautiful gift of flowers that you will feel a small part of the hope, gratitude, and love that has gone into creating this garden haven.
There is something for everyone at our U-Pick Flower Garden. Enjoy the peace and beauty of the flowers. Think of others you can serve. Connect your children to natures beauty through our Children Sensory garden. All good people are welcome here.