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Volunteers work on the Memorial Rose Garden in Hawthorne.

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The first roses are blooming in our Memorial Rose Garden and now the work resumes. If you take a stroll through the garden you will see many familiar names in Hawthorne’s history and our purpose is to keep the garden beautiful to honor their memory.

Last Wednesday we were fortunate to have a volunteer work party from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They filled many bags of leaves and weeds, planted some replacement roses and worked fertilizer into the soil of several rows. They returned on Tuesday, April 25 to lend their helping hands.

A year ago the garden had fallen into a sad shape—in need of pruning, weeding and a repair of the watering system. The watering system was repaired, bushes were pruned and by the end of the season we had enjoyed many weeks of lovely blossoms. Our hope is for more volunteers and an even more beautiful garden through 2017. Many of the bushes need to be replaced and we are hoping to receive donations to help with that endeavor.

Last year we were pleased to have some past residents stop by when we were working in the garden. They had read in the local paper (which they still receive) about our efforts and made donations in memory of their parents. We also received letters and e-mails from past residents asking about the roses of their loved ones. It became obvious that there are many who still feel love for Hawthorne and for the Rose Garden.

If anyone would like to help us in any way please contact Tami Bunch (945-2065), Kendall Harris (316-0383) or Ruby Hume (945-2950).