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Planting in memory

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO West Linn Garden Club members pose with newly rededicated Firefighter roses at the Bolton fire station. Clockwise from left are Constance Weaver, Elaine Mahoney, Jane Sercombe, Maret Frye, Jo Longacre, Gail Gibbard and George Jankowski.

Members of the West Linn Garden Club have rededicated five 'Firefighter' rose bushes at Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue's newly constructed Bolton fire station in West Linn.

The club had planted five of the shrubs at the former fire station next door in February 2009. This summer, landscapers moved the flowers to their new location at TVF and R's Station 58, which opened about a year ago.

The dark-red roses are a hybrid named for the firefighters who lost their lives Sept. 11, 2001.

According to Elaine Mahoney, one of the garden club's longtime members, the plan to place the roses at the local fire station was in the works for some time.

'West Linn Garden Club's intent with this planting is to honor all emergency responders, especially our own West Linn firefighters,' she said.

The garden club also added a newly etched concrete slab honoring the donation and the firefighters.

'We're honored that the club chose to plant these roses,' says TVF and R Capt. David Halley. 'The flowers are a great reminder for us that we live and work in such a great community.'

The West Linn Garden Club is one of the oldest non-profit clubs in West Linn dating back to at least 1916. In the 1920s the club was known as the West Linn Rose Society with members noted for their roses in the Holly Gardens area.

The club's mission is to stimulate knowledge and love of amateur gardening, to aid in the protection of trees, plants, birds, air, soil and water, and to promote civic beauty and sustainability of land. The club, which meets monthly from September through June at the West Linn Lutheran Church, always welcomes new members.