My mom, Debbie Wimmer, hasn't always been a gardener. Honestly, she used to hate it. She could never quite seem to keep potted plants alive and felt that her not-so-green thumb would transfer over to an actual garden; the dirt under her fingers nails was a constant bother as well. It wasn't until recently that she became a gardening fanatic. Every year since, when spring time comes around, she spends hours outside in the sun on her knee pad weeding, digging, planting, pruning, and raking, not to mention adding mulch. When her birthday or Mother's Day comes around and you ask her what she would like, her first response is almost always flowers- and not the kind you put in a vase. My mom loves to plan out the gardens and place the "flowers" (more seeds/starter pots) around the garden to imagine the optimal view. This love for gardening has transferred into a possible summer job for her alongside her best friend. She and her friend, who is already a professional gardener, will be going to houses that need or want a little floral pick-me-up and design and plant gardens around the area. Her favorite flowers to have in her gardens are any and all kinds of daisies and our driveway is lined with hybrid lilies. In the five separate gardens and flower boxes scattered around our yard, she has many perennials planted and every year she adds in her favorite annuals; grasses also rank among her top pick of plants to add to the finesse. She has transformed a bare plot of land that use to be a parking spot into a garden around our new fish pond that I have always claimed resembles a picture in the magazine Better Homes and Gardens. When I heard about this competition and asked her why she loves to garden her response was “I don’t know, I think it has to deal with seeing how beautiful the end product is. After working so hard it’s nice to see something so incredible come out of it.” While my mom did not start out as a gardener, from first-hand experience, I can proclaim with utmost certainty that she has both mastered the art and learned how to love it in a few short years. She deserves this prize because on a whim she picked up gardening and fell in love with it; she creates something new and beautiful every year and this contest could add just that little extra boost to make it better than it already is.