Wagga family honours great-grandmother while spreading the Mother's Day joy

A Wagga family have continued a heartwarming Mother’s Day tradition to honour their late great-grandmother while bringing colour and joy into many families’ homes. 

Mum Amanda Barratt said the family started their special gardening project three years ago.

“My nan Rita used to like chrysanthemums, and, when she passed away, my mum planted a garden in her honour,” Ms Barratt said.

“The kids water the plants throughout the year and then sell the flowers on the Mother’s Day weekend.” 

While the flowers now sell out in the blink of an eye, Ms Barratt said the best bunch still goes to Rita every year.

“Mum takes a nice bunch out to the cemetery every year, and we always save the best ones for her,” she said. 

Ms Barratt said the whole family remembered Rita as a larrikin who would have been very proud to see her great-grandchildren take on this project.

“She was really funny, loved her jokes, and loved her slices,” Ms Barratt said.

“She was very hard-working and raised 11 children on her own, she worked at the Leagues Club for more than 15 years and she was always well kept and took pride in the way she looked.” 

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