Cumming, IA — This is a sketch of my mom’s artistic garden, which adorns the backyard of my parents’ home near Maffitt Lake. This sketch was created in 2007. This garden has been her multi-year project. She has planted, transplanted, replaced, and removed many combinations of plants since then. Every time I’m there I look to see what’s new. She and I are cut from the same mold. I acquired her love of natural lawn decorating. Today is her birthday, and I want to celebrate by sharing this sketch with her. I love you, mom.