My love of gardens and flowers began when I was in the 5th grade. We were moving, again. This time it was back to our home state of Minnesota from Texas. We were to live in St. Cloud, MN, to be exact, the charming little town my parents grew up in. My dad was returning to college and we were going “home”. I was a creative, little sprite that loved to draw and explore the outdoors.
One of the special places I wandered was Munsinger Clemens Gardens located along the great Mississippi River. It is magical there, especially in the Summer. Lush flowers and shrubs of all kinds, majestic trees, the rushing sounds of the river, and the loud call of peacocks that live there. I wish I could bottle the scent and how fresh the air is. I made the gardens and the river my go to spot.
My 95 year old Gram took walks there every day, it’s no wonder she’s seen such longevity. When she found out that was where I was spending most of my time, she told me the story of how the garden came to be. Mr. and Mrs. Clemens lived across the street from the garden. Mrs. Clemens was wheelchair bound from her battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Mr. Clemens heard that the land across the street was for sale, made the purchase and then donated it to the city with the vision of creating a sprawling rose garden for Mrs. Clemens to view and enjoy strolls in. An act of true love and romance to provide the gift of nature’s beauty and peace to his beloved wife while she battled such a debilitating disease. Honoring her, wishing to bring her joy “in sickness and in health”.
You see, this is the foundation and philosophy of Sarah’s Garden. I believe deeply in the power of love, commitment, and devotion through the act of marriage. I believe in the magic of nature, especially flowers to transform, heal, inspire and commemorate the best moments of life. Since 1996, when I first learned to design, I have had the honor of creating floral arrangements for many of life’s milestones. Births, graduations, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, retirements, friendships, thank you’s, apologies, illnesses and deaths. Of course, out of all of these memorable moments, weddings are my passion. They encompass beginnings, love, friendship, commitment, families, legacies, hope for tomorrow. All the very BEST things in life. My wish is to create mini gardens of love like Mr. Clemens, to honor your wedding day for all to enjoy and remember as a beautiful way to commemorate love and marriage.