Bridle Trail homeowner uses garden to honor children who have passed away

Published: Jul. 3, 2020 at 5:54 PM CDT
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Many in the Casper community use the Bridle Trail at Rotary Park weekly. Around halfway up the loop, you come upon a house that has some interesting gardens. Though the butterflies and dragonflies planted there are not real, what they signify is.

"The dragonflies and butterflies symbolize children who have died of people that walk the trail, and Isabella," said homeowner, Rita Iverson.

Isabella was Iverson's granddaughter, she passed away in 2001. Iverson did not come back up to the house for 16 years because she knew how much her granddaughter enjoyed it up there, and it pained her to think about it. But a couple years ago she was out shopping.

"For some reason I got this little door, painted it red, and put it on a tree and it looked so lonely. So then I started decorating around it and when I was finished with that tree, I decided that I need to do more," said Iverson.

It led to three different garden beds filled with flowers, animals and everything in between. Iverson enjoys talking with people walking the trail. Each time she finds out someone has lost a child, she asks if she can plant a dragonfly or butterfly for them.

"When I find out, I give them a choice. I always have some available, what they would like, color, if they would like a dragonfly or butterfly. Nobody understands what it's like to lose a child unless you have lost a child. It's a club you don't want to belong to. So you understand where they're coming from and they understand where you're coming from," said Iverson.

Iverson said the gardens honor children of all ages and no matter what, your child, is your child.

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