The first of three planned “Remember Me” Rose Gardens may be located 2,642 miles away near Stoystown, Penn., but the memorial for the victims and survivors of the 9-11 attacks has major connections to the state of Oregon. Sue Casey, a law librarian with the Portland, Ore. law firm of Ball Janik LLP, came up with the idea and serves as president of the nonprofit organization that’s building the gardens. Noted Oregon rose hybridizer Ping Lim, formerly of Bailey Nurseries, contributed four hybrids to the Remember-Me roses series. The Laotian-born horticulturalist, now an American citizen, donated the hybrids as a way of saying thanks to his adoptive country. Two more OAN members — Weeks Roses and Heirloom Roses — also contributed to the series. Nine of a planned 12 roses are now available, and a portion of the proceeds from each will go to support construction and maintenance of the Pennsylvania garden, plus two more that are planned for New York City and near the Pentagon.
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About Curt Kipp
Curt Kipp is the director of publications and communications at the Oregon Association of Nurseries, and the editor of Digger magazine.