Babbette Jaquish – from Eau Claire, Wisconsin – loved all types of flowers, but sunflowers were her absolute favorite.
When she passed away after a long battle with cancer last November, her husband, Don Jaquish, decided to plant 400 acres of sunflowers in her honor.
By planting the sunflowers, Jaquish – who is a cash grain farmer – fulfilled one of his wife’s dreams, and he started a company – called Babbette’s Seeds of Hope – in order to raise money for cancer research. The 65-year-old man planted the sunflowers this past June in in Eau Claire, and it took him a week to finish everything.
After 75 days, the beautiful sunflowers finally bloomed in August. Jaquish said that his wife got to be known as the sunflower lady of the community, so he thought it would be a tribute to her to plant 4.5 miles of sunflowers on each side of Highway 85.
The couple had known each other for some time before they tied the knot in 2000. It was the second marriage for both. Jaquish said that everyone that ever met Babbette fell in love with her, and he was lucky enough to be the guy that she fell in love with.
In Eau Claire, Jaquish and the rest of Babbette’s family have been overwhelmed by the love and support from people who’ve come to see the sunflowers. Her daughter, Jenny White, said that they wanted it to be a statement of love. White explained that the 4.5 miles of sunflowers is an enormous and beautiful sight, and that that’s just like her mom.