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Lisa Smith and her daughters Sienna, 8, left, and Matea, 6, shop for plants Sunday afternoon at the Mother’s Day Plant Sale at the McMillen Community Center.

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Makenna Rich, 3, toured the Botanical Conservatory with her mom, Chandra Zimmer, left, and her grandma, Sharon Zimmer.

City parks bustled with families Sunday as children and their mothers took some time out of the day to smell the flowers around the city in honor of Mother’s Day.

Some rode bikes and others walked around the gardens, stopping to point out the brightly colored tulips and other flowering plants.

The Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory invited families to visit the newly installed butterfly garden display.

A line of families stretched across the room as dozens waited to enter the exhibit and see the butterflies.

Priscilla Jeffrey, and her mother, 93-year-old Ardella Pinney, decided to wait in the desert garden area as Jeffrey’s husband, Greg, stepped outside to take a few photos of tulips.

“It’s been a very nice day so far,” Jeffrey said. “Greg cooked us lunch and we’ve been visiting and decided to come by the botanical gardens.”

Between birthday festivities and Mother’s Day activities, Lisa Smith and her family were doing some serious celebrating over the weekend.

Smith celebrated her birthday Saturday and then spent Mother’s Day with her daughters and husband.

Smith, her husband Brian and daughters 8-year-old Sienna and 6-year-old Matea rounded out their weekend with a visit to the Mother’s Day Plant Sale at McMillen Community Center.

Master gardeners were on hand to help visitors choose which plants would be the best fit for their yard. The plants are grown by volunteers and the sale is run by volunteers.

“We’re sort of amateur gardeners,” Lisa Smith said as the family walked through the rows of flowers, plants and small trees. “My husband has the green thumb, not me.”

A few rows over, Rosy Pena and her daughter Melissa Macias picked through watermelon plants.

A sign above labeled the plants as Yellow Dolls, Moon and Stars – an orange version of the summertime fruit – and the traditional red melon with seeds.

“We’ve just sort of been looking around,” Macias said. “We come here about every year and pick some things up.”

Tyler Ewell, 14, followed behind Macias, his mother, and carried the trays as she picked up plants and handed them to him.

“He’s the helper today,” Macias explained. “He follows me and lets me shop.”

jcrothers@jg.net

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