Woman's garden honors her mother

MOOERS - When Paula Ashline thinks about her mother, it still gets to her.

It's only been two years since Marion Richard of Champlain passed away from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. And, though each passing day has managed to get a little better for Ashline, it wasn't until she created a garden in her mother's memory that she truly began to find peace.

"I always wanted to do a garden in memory of my mom," said Ashline. "She had a very difficult time breathing and had allergies, so she wasn't capable of doing any of that stuff while she was here. This way, she can."

Ashline began working on a garden at her Gilbert Road home last year as a Mother's Day project, making bleeding heart perennials the centerpiece of her creation. The flowering plant came into full bloom for the first time this year, just in time for this Mother's Day.

"They look like a heart," said Ashline. "They always reminds me of her."

The garden is decorated with several angel statues and ornaments which were her mother's favorite, said Ashline.

"She always had this thing for angels," she said. "When she was passing, we had angels around her at the hospital. I though having them [in the garden] would be a good way to remember my mother."

Ashline said creating the garden in honor of her mother has been a cathartic experience and for her sister, Tammy Cameira of Hemmingford, who also created her own garden in honor of their mother.

"It just gives me so many memories when I walk by it or go out there to do stuff," she said. "It gives me a feeling of being with her when I'm out there. It makes me feel good."

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