The Children’s Garden of Hope

  • Post last modified:March 29, 2020

By Evelyn Alemanni

Lynn Gould is on a mission to bring a special garden to your town. She has a heartfelt vision that every community in Canada should have a flower garden recognizing the need for research for a cure for children’s cancer. It was in 2016 that her precious 12 year old granddaughter, Natasha, passed away from brain cancer. Soon after, Lynn and her family contacted the city of Trail, BC, where they live, to find a site for a garden. It’s not a memorial garden, rather a garden to remind us that cancer strikes children and of all cancers, childhood cancer research gets the least funding.

Joining with friends, family, and neighbors, Lynn planted perennials for easy care: Russian Sage, Burberry Shrub, Stella Dora daylilies, Delphinium, Dwarf Daisy, Dwarf Phlox. These are augmented by 250 mixed color zinnias.

Lynn says, “This is like every garden… it will evolve, but always airy with bright colours.”

Every day people drive by this stunning corner and are reminded of families who may have a loved one suffering from this disease. To date, Lynn and her family have raised nearly $40,000 for childhood cancer research and people passing the garden have generously sent additional contributions.

Consider planting such a garden where you live – hopefully one day childhood cancer will be prevented or cured thanks to people who planted gardens that raise awareness.

Anyone wishing to support research for pediatric cancer as a tribute to Natasha support the Canadian Children’s Brain Cancer Foundation.


Lynn Gould

Lynn and Natasha