The Four O'Clock was a favorite of Michaela Petit, one of the victims in the 2007 Cheshire home invasion. That flower is getting top billing as part of new legislation that recently moved ahead.
Dr. William Petit said his 11-year-old daughter Micheala enjoyed gardening.
“Like most kids she was much happier planting the seeds and looking at the flowers than she was weeding or doing any maintenance,” William Petit said.
It grew to a labor of love for the father and daughter, who'd gather the seeds and replant them each year.
“It's a simple project it's a very beautiful flower that not a lot of people know about,” Petit said.
Those gardening days are some of the powerful, lasting memories for Dr. Petit. His wife and daughters were all victims of the 2007 Cheshire home invasion.
Later that year, he remembered Michaela's Four O'Clocks and began replanting them from the seeds in their garden. Now, there's a network of gardens.
“We have about a dozen Michaela's gardens across the state,” Petit said.
The roof of the Connecticut Science Center is one of many locations where Michaeala's Four O'Clocks garden have been planted in state.
Volunteers with Petit's Foundation came up with the idea of making his child's flower a state flower.
“It shows how you can spread love by doing a project with your kids, doing a project with your family,” Republican State Rep Al Adinolfi
Adinolfi, who is a former neighbor of the Petit family, introduced a bill to give the Four O'Clocks recognition. It's reached the house floor.
“Hopefully we'll get it through this year,” Adinolfi said.
If lawmakers agree the flowers could soon have a new title, official children's flower of Connecticut
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