Beyond Roses

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Hearts and Roses
Our Rose Society Gives Back

Rose societies do a great deal of good. They mentor new gardeners (and veteran gardeners who haven't yet grown the Queen of Flowers). They spread the message that anyone can grow great roses, and share important tips and strategies to help that to happen. They provide a warm social setting for folks who share a love of gardens and roses. They inspire others with their own gardens.

But the Cherry Capital Rose Society does more than that. They give back to their community in so many ways. Throughout the growing season, you'll find CCRS members planting, weeding, pruning and fertilizing the gardens at Hospice House, the Botanic Garden, and the local library. You'll see them raising funds through their Soil Amendment Program and then you'll see them donating those funds to a host of worthwhile programs and organizations.

Since 2007, CCRS has given over $11,126 to charities and non-profits. They've supported medical care with gifts to the Munson Breast Health Center, Hospice House, and the Traverse Health Clinic. They've supported youth programs with donations to the GTA Children's Garden, MSUE Junior Master Gardeners, and Michael's Place. They've reached out to individuals and families in need with gifts to the Father Fred Foundation, Community Lunch/Meals, Meals on Wheels, Chippewa Area Keryx, Friends of the Light Meeting House, and My Sister's House. They have expanded their mission to encourage gardens and roses through donations to The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park and Master Gardeners Association of Northwest Michigan. They have given their hearts and their hands to make their world a better place.

This is a brand new year, filled with the potential of beautiful gardens and roses, fun-filled CCRS programs and activities, and more opportunities to give back. It's a great time for each of us to decide how we will involve ourselves in our rose society. We might enjoy some (or all) of the programs and garden walks offered this year. We might spend time volunteering in the gardens of Hospice House, the library, or the Botanic Garden. We might participate in the annual soil amendment work bee. Perhaps we'll spend time mentoring a new gardener. Or we might do all of these things. That's what CCRS is all about. Happy New Year!