Brighter Blooms Nursery Helping Kids Heal

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Brighter Blooms Nursery is donating trees to The Dogwood Project, an organization helping children who have lost a parent get through the grieving process with a living memorial.

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Brighter Blooms Nursery, one of the fastest-growing mail-order gardening companies, is giving the gift of dogwood trees to The Dogwood Project, helping kids heal and honor their loved ones at the same time.

The Dogwood Project was started earlier this year to honor Thomas “Allen” Schlapman, a lover of dogwood trees whose untimely death left behind his 9-year-old daughter, Rachel. Several flower deliveries following her father’s funeral helped Rachel through her hardship by making her feel loved and important. Rachel’s story inspired Allen’s brother Stephen to start the project.

The Dogwood Project helps grieving kids feel special by giving them a dogwood tree, a perennial flower arrangement, or a teddy bear for very young children. Planting the tree is a healthy way to get the child to talk about their loss, start the healing process, and memorialize their parent. Dogwood trees, with their annual flowers, are a lovely memorial to any lost loved-one.

This isn’t the first time Brighter Blooms Nursery has donated trees to provide a happier path for those in need. In 2011, the nursery helped donate thousands of fruit trees to third world countries in an effort to provide a form of sustainable living.

Brighter Blooms is one of the fastest-growing online mail-order plant nurseries. They specialize in double knockout roses, encore azaleas, and new drift roses.

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