TILDEN — The landscape surrounding the home of Leo and Myrna Botsford here resembles a mini-United Nations of sorts.
Sixteen full-sized flags sway in the breeze on their two-lot property, a horticultural paradise, on South California Street. The flags represent the states and countries where their daughters, Stephanie and Tracie, have lived.
Closest to the street, the flag of Nebraska with the state seal in gold on an azure background prominently flies.
There’s also the Colorado flag. Stephanie Botsford and husband Tim Rose — who retired after 20 years in the U.S. Army — currently reside in Colorado Springs. They have also lived in North Carolina, Missouri, Georgia, Alaska, Korea and California.
Sister Tracie Botsford currently works for the U.S. State Department in Pakistan. She’s also represented by a Virginia flag. In 2011, she purchased a home — built in 1800 and on the National Register of Historic Places — in Old Town.
Tracie has also lived in California, North Carolina, the Republic of Georgia, Germany, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Russia and Iraq.
The flags come down for the winter months and then come spring, Leo and Myrna hoist them high.