Celebrating mom amid nature's blooms in St. Charles

  • Cheryl Leavitt of St. Charles tries out a tire swing Sunday while visiting in the Healing Gardens at Stone Hill Farm in St. Charles.

      Cheryl Leavitt of St. Charles tries out a tire swing Sunday while visiting in the Healing Gardens at Stone Hill Farm in St. Charles. Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Cheryl Leavitt of St. Charles and Camille McCue of Geneva visited the Healing Gardens at Stone Hill Farm in St. Charles on Mother's Day.

      Cheryl Leavitt of St. Charles and Camille McCue of Geneva visited the Healing Gardens at Stone Hill Farm in St. Charles on Mother's Day. Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Fernleaf Peonys were in full bloom Sunday in the Healing Gardens at Stone Hill Farm in St. Charles.

      Fernleaf Peonys were in full bloom Sunday in the Healing Gardens at Stone Hill Farm in St. Charles. Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • A large mushroom grows off a tree log Sunday in the Healing Gardens at Stone Hill Farm in St. Charles on Sunday.

      A large mushroom grows off a tree log Sunday in the Healing Gardens at Stone Hill Farm in St. Charles on Sunday. Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Signs and statues are scattered around the Healing Gardens on Sunday at Stone Hill Farm in St. Charles.

      Signs and statues are scattered around the Healing Gardens on Sunday at Stone Hill Farm in St. Charles. Mark Black | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report

Healing Gardens, a two-acre expanse of woodland and perennial gardens in St. Charles, opened Sunday to help moms celebrate Mother's Day.

Located at Stone Hill Farm, the gardens are cultivated and hosted by owners Deborah and Buzz Marqui.

The gardens are open to the public on set dates for the purpose of enjoying the natural wooded setting and gardens. In solidarity and to honor the journey, cancer survivors are always free.

Visiting moms were given a perennial plant Sunday.

Deborah Marqui, who is cancer-free from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma since 1996 and in remission from breast cancer since 2002, said she finds great restoration of spirit in her gardens and property and wants to share that with the public for their own rejuvenation.

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