National Gardening Association Remembers September 11th

Rose Getch, Communications Director
National Gardening Association
(800) 538-7476, ext. 129

South Burlington, VT (September 9, 2005) - The National Gardening Association (NGA), its board of directors, and staff members take this opportunity to acknowledge and remind us all about one lady in Oregon trying to make a difference through rose gardens.

Gardens Heal
Gardening isn't just an enjoyable hobby - it supports a healthy lifestyle in a number of ways. It's a great form of exercise, it puts delicious, fresh foods right at your back door, and it can help restore degraded natural environments. Being around and working with plants also benefits a gardener's mental and emotional health. Many of us use our gardens as healing oases of relief from stressful lives and difficult times.

NGA is pleased to be aware of individuals across the country who champion gardens as places for healing and comfort. Sue Casey of Portland, Oregon understands what gardens can do for our well being. After the tragic attacks of September 11th, 2001 she wanted to extend the peace and solace she feels in her garden to the nation. Her "Remember Me" Rose Gardens project is her way to give a garden to all those who were touched by the disaster on that day. Here's her story.

Roses Inspire
Sue's inspiration came two weeks after the attacks while gazing at a rose bush blooming near her church's parking lot. That's when the idea hit her: Roses are the national flower and a symbol of love-why not plant public rose gardens at each of the September 11th crash sites as a living tribute to the brave souls that lost their lives there - In that moment, the words "remember me" came to her, and she decided to call her effort the "Remember Me" Rose Gardens.

Sue Casey, Founder of "Remember Me" Rose Gardens
Sue's goal of creating rose gardens in New York City; Washington, DC; and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, is simple, profound, and based on her appreciation of the power of gardening. Life can get stressful when you're operating a nonprofit organization on top of handling a full-time job, kids, and pets. "Gardening is such a release for me," she says. "Remember Me" Rose Gardens is pleased to name "We Salute You" - a tribute to those that died at the Pentagon crash site, as the third of nine roses to be named in honor of the victims of September 11th, 2001. Previous commemorative roses are 'Firefighter' and 'Soaring Spirits'. For more information on this project, please visit

National Gardening Association
The National Gardening Association (NGA), founded in 1972, is a national nonprofit leader in plant-based education. Our mission is to promote gardening as a means to renew and sustain the essential connection between people, plants, and the environment. To fulfill this mission we offer publications and programs focused on five core areas: youth education, health and wellness, environmental stewardship, community development, and home gardening. For more information, visit

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