The Butterfly Garden

This is the shady part of our butterfly garden…

While we spent the last three weeks with my mother, our daughter watered our gardens and kept everything alive despite the 90-100 degree temperatures. It was a huge job, but we were delighted upon our return home to find our butterfly garden in full bloom and full of bees and butterflies!

I want to share with you a poster I saw and just loved at Red Butte Garden, in Salt Lake City, where we have my father’s memorial bench, and where we will soon hold my mother’s Celebration of Life and add a plaque to the bench in memory of her.

6 thoughts on “The Butterfly Garden

    1. Robin Post author

      Kay, both my parents donated their bodies to the medical school, so the bench we gave to Red Butte Garden is a very special place for us. It sits in the Rose Garden and has a plaque on it with my father’s name and his credo engraved on it. “Try for a little honesty, a little courage, and a little love.” We’d like to add another plaque with something special about my mother.

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  1. Nan

    Such a good thing to do. I just read an article by a woman who wanted to donate her body in England. It is quite complicated. If there are certain medical conditions (a long list) it won’t be accepted. The students and staff at the Dept. of Anatomy have a little service where they “thank the donor.” They also write a tribute which may be sent to the family. Such a kind thing, I thought.

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  2. Robin Post author

    Nan, that’s very interesting. The anatomy department in Salt Lake City was so well organized and everything was done with such respect, dignity and kindness. There’s also a memorial in town for all the donors, as well as a common gravesite for the remains. Sounds strange but it’s all done with great respect. We visited those sites once, but as a family we chose to place a memorial bench for my father at Red Butte Garden. It’s now located in the Rose Garden, which he would have loved! We are negotiating with them now for a new plaque on the bench that includes my mother. It’s the absolutely perfect place to sit and remember them both!

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  3. Les in OR

    I’m glad your beautiful garden is surviving the heat, especially those Hostas! I love the idea of a memorial bench for both your dad & mom and the garden in SLC sounds like the perfect spot. xoxo

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    1. Robin Post author

      Les, my brothers and I are planning her Celebration of Life, and it will be held at Red Butte Garden in the Rose House looking out over the Rose Garden where the bench sits! Just so perfect!

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