We have a very special garden at our Lavender Farm. The “Garden of Hope“, a baby memorial garden. It is a place to honor babies lost at any point after conception. It is a quiet, solitary garden for parents and families to find peace and healing from their loss. A place where we can be still and reflect on our loved ones. I had a very tender experience with the loss of my second child, a girl. She, Brandy Layne, only lived one hour after her birth. She had a rare disease where genes and chromosomes are missing, which left her lungs and kidneys under-developed. She couldn’t breath on her own, outside of the womb. She is a “Glory Baby”, that was only with us a short time…the loss hits me every year at this time, and I think of her, miss her, and hold her tightly in my heart. I have a plaque on a post at our Garden of Hope with her name and birth date. I like to go into the garden early in the morning and sit alone, and remember her. I will place flowers by her name, a pink rose and baby breath, and maybe a story book that I didn’t have a chance to read her….I love you, my dear daughter, Brandy Layne…You are forever in my heart, and I know I will see you again one day.
The following was written by one of our customers after she experienced healing peace in the “Garden of Hope”:
I visited the memorial during the Lavender Festival in 2005. I immediately knew this would be a place of healing for many including myself. I have since placed a plaque for my daughter Lorraine. She died days after being born and I never held her or had a service for her until I found your garden. I currently lead a Grief-Share class and have plans on bringing several ladies to see the garden in the springtime. They too have lost a child and want to honor them. Thank you and God bless your ministry because it has brought healing to my heart after 30 years of sorrow.