Our History

 

A seed was planted on the morning of Saturday, June 27, 2009, as I weeded my mother's beloved flowerbeds while she was in the hospital recovering from chemotherapy treatments. You see, one of my mother's greatest passions was her flowerbeds, and I wanted so much to give them the same loving care she always did so to assure they looked as beautiful when she returned from the hospital as when she left home. As I weeded, I thought about how many other people there must be who love their flowers and need help tending them while they focus on surviving cancer. The seed was now growing, so when visiting my mother later in the day, I shared with her the idea about launching an enterprise that helps people maintain their flowerbeds when they are unable to. Mother grew a smile, immediately giving me the thumbs up, and she counseled, "Keep the price low . . . keep the Passion high." On that day, Passion for Mother's Flowers was born.

- Laura Lee Lukunich

Mother and Daughter, August 2009

My mother and Me

Sandy Reece
Jan 10, 1940 to May 20, 2011 

- Photograph by Laura Matthews

 


Memorial Garden

Shortly after launching Passion for Mother's Flowers, another seed was planted whereby we envisioned creating a special place to honor loved ones who have passed from cancer. From this spawned Hampden Township's Community Memorial Garden. Because during our first two years offering services, we discovered numerous non-profits within our community also providing our services, we evolved to solely maintaining this special community Memorial Garden.

A dedication ceremony was held in 2010 when hundreds of sponsors, community leaders, friends, family, and neighbors touched by the loss cancer creates joined together to participate in a dove release, enjoy musical entertainment and refreshments, and to plant flowers to honor loved ones lost to cancer. Since that time, our annual May Plant-and-Remember Gathering is more intimate with a typical one dozen joining together to add bricks to the Memorial Walkway which has grown to more than 100 bricks and to plant flowers in memory of those lost. To place a memorial brick or plant a flower during this annual Plant-and-Remember Gathering, contact Laura Lee Lukunich at 717-395-8088 or laura@lauraleelukunich.com.

The Memorial Garden is located along the Conodoguinet Creek at the south border of the Conodoguinet Youth Park off Orrs Bridge Road in Hampden Township. Seasonal park hours are 9 a.m. until dusk.