On Saturday, September 14, 2019 the Durango arm of the Spirit of ’45 officially dedicated a new rose garden in a section of the Durango Botanic Gardens near the new Mountain Thyme Herb Society Sundial.
The rose garden, currently comprised of five Floribunda rose plants, was planted by and will be maintained by a team of Spirit of ’45 volunteers, including four Master Gardeners certified by Darrin Parmenter, director, CSU Extension Office.
The garden will remind and reflect upon the contributions and influence of women in the WWII war effort; it will also act as a reminder to current and future generations of young women that they have more social and cultural power than they might imagine. The goal of the Rosie the Riveter project is to have a “Rosie” garden located in every congressional district in the United States. Durango is the second city in Colorado to establish a garden, the other located in Fort Collins. A third garden is planned for the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
DBG believes strongly in the transformational power of gardens. That is why, when Judy and Jim Winzell approached DBG with their idea for a Rosie rose garden, the board of directors was delighted to make the space available for the Rosie garden.