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Mother’s Garden ~ Author Unknown

Sonja Behnke Festerling
Sonja Behnke Festerling

My Mother kept a garden,
a garden of the heart,
She planted all the good things
that gave my life its start.

She turned me to the sunshine
and encouraged me to dream,
Fostering and nurturing
the seeds of self-esteem…

And when the winds and rain came,
she protected me enough–
But not too much because she knew
I’d need to stand up strong and tough.

Her constant good example
always taught me right from wrong–
Markers for my pathway
that will last a lifetime long.

I am my Mother’s garden.
I am her legacy–
And I hope today she feels the love
reflected back from me.

I love this poem, I saw it a while ago and while I do not know who wrote it, I wanted to share it for all the moms out there including my mom!

Happy Mother’s Day from Behnke’s!

Posted by: Stephanie Fleming, Vice President, Behnke Nurseries


Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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