In 2005, at a Sugar Creek Garden Club Flower Show, Ruth Heikkila received word that her mother had passed. Sitting with a group of ladies, Ruth said “it would be nice for us to have a garden to go to.” Annette Deitch said, “like a Mother's Garden.” The idea bloomed from there.
Annette started to work on finding a spot and found the perfect one on Sugar Creek Blvd. With Sugar Creek HOA's blessing the perfect spot was secured but needed a lot of work. Aileen Flack's yard man removed the gumbo soil and filled in with Rose soil. Annette drove with Aileen to Bryan where the Antique Rose Emporium is. Annette picked out Red Knock-out-roses and had them planted in the newly created garden. Memorial pavers were sold. A bench was added, years later.
As Annette put it, "We did not have a sprinkler system at that time. I carried jugs of water in my trunk, thank goodness I had a big trunk. After much discussion with Gary (in HOA) we finally got a sprinkler system."
To this day, Annette Deitch takes care of the Mother's Garden making sure seasonal flowers are refreshed. With good soil and care, the red knock-out roses have survived every kind of weather---as all mothers do.