I first had the notion about creating a memory garden years ago when I visited the Reed Cemetery in Missouri. The cemetery was a disaster, as fallen tree limbs and roaming cattle and time had knocked over many of the tombstones. However, I found those for my great-great-grandparents, and for that I am grateful.
While there, I took two plants that had gone to seed and were growing wild and took them home where they remain in my sister’s garden. Since that time I’ve thought a lot about the plants and flowers that we associate with our ancestors.
My mom told me that my great-grandmother’s walk was always lined with hollyhocks so they’re close to my heart. Sweet Williams grew near where I used to live in St. Joseph, so those bring back wonderful memories as well. This year my sister is going to try and grow hollyhocks because we found (on research) that they do well in our desert-y climate here in San Diego. Can’t wait to see them – and of course press a few.
What flower brings back family memories for you? Leave a comment – I’d love to know.