MASTER GARDENERS: Honor family, military with a memory garden

Most people my age have at least one parent who served during World War II, Korea or Vietnam. My dad served in the Air Force during World War II, my uncle served in the Army and my son served in the Army and now in the National Guard. The sacrifices that are made by military men and women, and by their families, move me beyond words.
Different things stir memories in people such as a smell or a sound. For some it can be plants. I have Mexican Petunias in my back yard that were passed along to me from my Mom’s backyard. She loved red geraniums so I have at least one pot a year on my back porch just for her. My dad grew tomatoes which he loved to deliver to his friends until Fall. He even kept a list to see who was the next beneficiary. Now that I am giving my produce away as well, I know that list also allowed enough space between deliveries that his friends didn’t run the opposite way when they saw him coming.
One of our Master Gardeners has devoted a spot in her garden for Master Gardeners who have died. They would all love that.
A memory garden can honor members of the military, family, friends, or even a beloved pet. It can be as simple as a tree or a whole new flowerbed in the corner of your yard. Using plants from a loved one’s yard, their favorite color or patriotic colors will all honor someone in a special way. Try planting a theme garden or making a garden stone with a quote they loved.
Involving your kids or grandkids in planning and digging can give you an opportunity to share the respect and reverence of a holiday like Memorial Day and what it means to your family history and people who have impacted your life.
And a special thank you to all military men and women on this Memorial Day.
For more information, call the AgriLife office at 498-4071 in Odessa or 686-4700 in Midland.