The cemetery plans move forward
Just got out of a meeting with the head of the forestry department in Allen, and all signs are go for getting roses in the ground. This Friday at 1:30pm I'm meeting them back out here with an auger and some plants to get the first of many roses in the ground. The city is also providing roses for the project, as Allen partners with Chambersville Tree Farm to do landscaping. What a great surprise! The first roses to get in the ground will be:
2 x 5 gal. Duchesse de Brabant
1 x 5 gal. Cramoisi Supeurieur
4 x 30 gal. Mutablis
And a few Martha Gonzales of unknown size. They said that they could bring their 500 gallon watering truck out there to water the roses once or twice a week, and I asked to be responsible for the upkeep and care of the roses to which they agreed. They also said that since some of the roses will be coming in as smaller plants, they'd construct cages around them to keep the mow and blow guys from mowing them to the ground.
I talked about partnering with the locally owned nursery 5 minutes down the road called Puckett's, and also getting the community involved to spur interest. I explained how the San Jose Rose Garden partners with FoSJRG to do pruning and upkeep. They liked that idea, and also agreed that they would be enthusiastic about making the rose garden/cemetery an icon for Allen along with our stadium. They explained that everyone, including their director, has been wanting to beautify the cemetery but other projects have taken precedence. It seems that the timing for this was perfect, and everyone is getting what they want.
I'll post pictures from the planting when I have them! Thanks for all of y'all's support as well, it has been so helpful as I've navigated this project.