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Memorial Garden for Bobbee Vernon

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A new garden at the Delaware Museum of Natural History will keep the memory of a long-time volunteer blooming.

Delaware mineral rocks, petrified wood and evergreen shrubs pop up from a beautiful garden dedicated to Bobbee Vernon.

"She was very creative, she was a very outgoing person, and if you had a question, she knew the answer to it."

Lucille Herber volunteered alongside Bobbee for more than 20 years as a member of the Tuesday Troops, stuffing envelopes and helping with fundraising projects.

When Bobbee died last year, museum spokesman Dan McCunney says they wanted to honor her.

"Bobbee always had a passion for gardening, and so we started talking about doing some sort of garden, and it started off kind of small, and then it blossomed," he said.

"The garden features annuals and perennials, and it features local minerals, it features petrified wood."

Lucille thinks it's perfect.

"Oh, it's gorgeous, beautiful. And when you look at a picture of the museum before that, and after, it just adds so much to it, it changes it completely," she said.

"Twenty-some years is a long time to put into volunteering, and coming every week to help out the museum is really special," McCunney said.

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