Creating a memory garden is heartfelt and meaningful. It can be filled with plants and flowers that were gifted to you. For example, rosebushes that are given as Mother’s day gifts, or cuttings from dear friends and family members gardens can be included in your memory garden. Birthday gifts that may be a blooming shrub or an apple tree also apply, and always welcome are pieces of garden art. These bring fond memories and enhance your life.
Be sure to place a small bench or pair of chairs nearby, allowing you to to be able to rest, reflect and enjoy your memory garden. This too can be a part of the garden. For example I have vintage 19402 metal lawn chairs given to me by my sister. They are a tangible reminder of her and provide much pleasure. Also in my memory garden are lilacs from my parents garden, given to them by my maternal grandmother. Lilies of the valley perfume the air, reminding me of my aunt in Chicago, and grape scented iris reminds me of my friend Rose and how we planted them late at night, by the light of flashlights and the sound of laughter.
This can go both ways, so be sure to offer garden pals a clipping of a favorite perennial, perhaps a clump of the lilies always admired, seeds gathered from your Echinacea, or even a piece of made by you garden art, so they too can have memories.
Antique shows and sales that emphasize gardens, plants and accessories such as the one held every year in Burlington at Northwinds Perennial Farm offer treasures both in plant form and accessories. Their address is 7047 Hospital Road in Burlington, Wisconsin, and I highly recommend this sale. At the antique sale, buy for yourself but also think about holiday and birthday gift shopping, knowing that every time the recipient sees the gift, they think of you, as part of their own memory garden.
Northwinds Perennial Farm’s web site is http://www.northwindperennialfarm.com/. Be sure to watch their website to find out the upcoming schedule of events, including the Garden Antiques Sale.