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Sue Casey: Remember Me Rose Gardens (page 2 of 2)

by Charlie Nardozzi

New Remember Me Roses

New Remember Me Roses
'Firefighter' (left) was introduced in 2003. 'Soaring Spirits' (right) was released in September, 2004

Rose breeders have come forward to help raise money to maintain the gardens. Nine roses will be named in honor of the victims of September 11th. A percentage of the sales from these roses will be set aside to fund the gardens. The first rose in the series, 'Firefighter', was introduced in 2003. It's a fragrant, red hybrid tea rose named in honor the 343 firefighters who lost their lives on that day. A second rose, 'Soaring Spirits', bred by Tom Carruth at Weeks Roses, was released in September, 2004. This cream, pink, and yellow climber is dedicated to those who worked in the Twin Towers in New York. Both roses are available through Edmunds Roses (

Sue estimates she spends 3 to 4 hours a day working on "Remember Me" Rose Gardens. Often it's early in the morning or late at night after her family has gone to bed. She is particularly motivated to help the children of the victims recover from their loss.

Sue sees the "Remember Me" Rose Gardens organization working beyond the opening of the gardens. For instance, she wants to create more programs to help children understand how the garden can be used as a place of comfort during hard times. Partnership with the National Gardening Association (NGA) offered just such an opportunity: The Remember Me Roses School Garden Award, sponsored by Edmunds Roses and Messenger, will give twenty schools rose bushes (including 'Firefighter' and 'Soaring Spirits'), Messenger plant biostimulant, and educational materials with which to create peace gardens to commemorate the events of September 11th. These gardens will also integrate conflict resolution programming for kids.

Sue still feels the immense joy that she originally experienced when the idea for "Remember Me" Rose Gardens first came to her. "I feel it's a gift that was entrusted to me to bring to fruition. The joy is with me every day, through the ups and downs of life. I am truly the happiest when I am working on this project," she says.

For more information on Sue Casey and "Remember Me" Rose Gardens, visit

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