Years ago I remember hearing about a Beta Sigma Phi rose garden at the Devonian Botanical Gardens, but since then it hadn’t crossed my mind. But lucky for us, we stumbled across the garden when we went to the botanical gardens for the first time earlier this summer. The garden has rows and rows of rose bushes, each with a plaque indicating the name of the roses. We slowly weaved ourselves through the garden, sometimes stopping to take a sniff, or inspect a rose closer, or read a plaque.
Nick and Arrine were ahead of me a number of paces when I felt compelled to read a plaque for a red rose bush. ‘Hope For Humanity’, it read. I called to Nick, telling him I randomly found the Hope For Humanity rose bush. He replied that that rose bush was the only plaque that he read in the entire garden. He thought he recognized the name but didn’t make the connection. Why is this so significant? Hope For Humanity is the type of rose bush amm’s friends Sherron, Joanne & Leanne brought Anthony and I the morning that amm passed away.