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Field of DreamsFrances Mawhiney and Lorena Mosser worked on the Field of Dreams flower garden at 59th and Leavenworth Road. (Photo by Lou Braswell)
Field of Dreams
A passion leads to seeds, sprigs and blossoms into an impressive garden.
Aubrey and Frances Mawhiney, husband and wife, both had green thumbs and a passion for gardening. A neighborhood group was formed and named Field of Dreams more than 25 years ago. They both enjoyed the neighborhood connection the group provided, but they didn’t stop there.
They had a “blooming” passion for gardening and landscaping. From there they noticed an empty corner just a hop, skip and jump away from their residence. Ideas formed and the result is what you are able to enjoy at the northeast corner of 59th and Leavenworth Road.
Aubrey has since died a few years ago, so now Frances continues working that flower bed, not only for her passion, but to continue Aubrey’s passion. The sign that is erected there shows with pride, Field of Dreams, but it will also be changed according to any approaching holiday.
Frances now gets help from Lorena Mosser, and they are sometimes joined by other members or neighbors to help clip those dead heads, weed, and replant. As they work, those driving by will honk and give the “good job” sign. Some have stopped to offer a money contribution to help them with their efforts.
When the corner business was open, they were always welcome to use the water by hooking up a hose and taking care of those thirsty flowers. Now they actually haul water to the site, when Mother Nature isn’t providing the needed rain. These ladies are devoted and determined; it does not go unnoticed. While I was there visiting and taking photos, a local motorcycle police officer stopped by to let them know the flower bed was looking great.
So what started out as a passion and an empty corner spot has now become a point of community pride for others. If you happen by and they are working, honk or stop by and thank them for the great area contribution they are providing.
Leavenworth Road Association recognized the hard work they put into this spot, and we have been providing services in keeping the grass cut and trimmed on a regular schedule. Isn’t teamwork grand?
With the new businesses coming our way, we hope this corner business will be in operation and be willing to share some of their water with these ladies.
The future looks brighter for Sunset Plaza this month. A Subway opened on Leavenworth Road recently at Sunset Plaza, stop by and tell them LRA sent you.
Advance Auto Parts is planning to build by September 2013. There are also discussions of a possible Italian Buffet, and a few others that talks are ongoing to become a business partner in our area.
Membership is not a requirement to be a part of our meetings, held on the second Tuesday of each month at Trinity Community Church, lower level fellowship hall, 5010 Parallel Parkway. Call for more information: 913-788-3988.
Lou Braswell is the executive director of the Leavenworth Road Association.