Garden is dedicated to all children who have been victims of crime
Broome County’s newest park is now open on Binghamton’s north side. The Forget-Me-Not Memorial Garden was dedicated during a ceremony on Wednesday. The garden is located on the property where 12-year-old Cheri Lindsey was tragically killed in 1984 and is dedicated to all children who have been victims of crime.
“Losing a child is something that families never get over, but as long as we remember them, their memories live on forever,” said Broome County Executive Jason Garnar. “This garden will provide a space where visitors can reflect peacefully on all the lives that have been taken from us far too soon.”
The Forget-Me-Not Memorial Garden includes several elements that hold symbolic significance. The garden features a small walkway and seating area, surrounded by a garden filled with dozens of plant varieties, designed to have a calming effect. Along the walking path are two handprints with the word “Mom” written beneath; the handprints belong to Cheri Lindsey’s mother and are a symbol of love and remembrance. The arched seat wall symbolizes the strength and support needed to endure the difficulty of losing a child. A butterfly was painted in the center as a symbol of transformation, hope, and new life, and its purple color represents innocence, youthfulness, spirituality, and tranquility. Dozens of forget me not flowers are planted throughout the garden to honor the cherished lives and keep their memory alive.
The garden is managed by Broome County’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Youth Services. Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners will maintain the property.