Carla Tarzia of East Hampstead explained,” I’m buying this for myself, for my backyard because it looks like that’s where I’ll be all summer.” Salem Life photos by Alison Colby Campbell
Mother’s Day 2020 could not be stopped by COVID-19, but it did change how we celebrated the women who raised us and supported us in every imaginable way. Typically, Mother’s Day is the busiest restaurant day of the year. Unfortunately, this year we lacked the traditional luxury of sitting at someone else’s table and having strangers serve us. That is perhaps why flowers and plants took on an even more important role this year, as witnessed at Lake Street Garden Center the Friday before the holiday. On this day, visitors to the garden center were mostly women, with many buying for themselves as well as their mothers.
Audrey Hepburn is often quoted as saying, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” Could there be a better message to send to our mothers, those with us and those who have passed, than, “We will get through this because you taught us to be strong and resilient”?
Thank you, moms and those who acted in the role of moms, for all you do. This plant’s for you.
Three generations of the Della Grotte family were out shopping for 4 generations of mothers. It was no secret that grandmother Beth Della Grotte would be receiving a hanging plant from son Bryan and grandson Jack.
~ By Alison Colby-Campbell
With a cart full of pink impatiens, Laurie Silk of Pelham readily admitted, “Yes, I am buying for Mother’s Day, but for myself too.”
Kayley Terreault and Barbara Ingalls both work at Lake Street Garden Center and did their Mother’s Day shopping early. Prior to divulging what she had picked out for her daughter, Barbara needed confirmation that Salem Life would not be published before the holiday. “I bought her a Mandevilla. I just love those plants; they’re gorgeous. And she’ll love it too.” Kayley’s choice made sense on multiple levels: “I bought my mother a whole bunch of herbs. The good stuff and, yes, I will get some of the benefit when she cooks for us.”
Kitt Cela of East Hampstead dressed for the occasion. She shopped wearing a face mask embroidered with delicate flowers. Cela returns to Lake Street every spring. “This place has everything you could ever need or want for your garden. I just recommended it to someone on Facebook who was looking for a garden center.”
When Megan Coburn’s sunflower face mask brought smiles as she passed by, though most were covered by less colorful choices. “I picked this mask out specifically because I was coming here. It’s a fashion statement.” She went on to describe her dilemma: “I was having difficulty deciding between two plants for my mother so I’ve been asking other shoppers for advice. This bright red plant is definitely a contender.” No decision was made as of Salem Life’s deadline.