Thanks for the publicity
Friday, June 9, 2000
The family of John Dallas (who planned, planted and maintained the beautiful
John's Rose Garden) wishes to thank you and your newspaper staff for the news
articles and the entries in Community Calendar announcing his passing on Feb.
At the open garden on Saturday, May 6, more than 200 people walked the bark-covered
paths, under rose-covered arbors, and took in the heavenly scents and sights
of hundreds of blooming roses.
As they walked and talked, many remembered the roses John had grown for them
and the detailed and friendly advice that he so enthusiastically gave on rose
care. Many of John's fellow rosarians came to assist in the preparation of the
garden for its opening. It was in dire need of love, because John had not been
in his garden since falling ill last October, but much of the work was done
by Suzy, our daughter, as she had grew to realize just how much work her father's
garden required since its creation in 1973, when John turned a horse pasture
into a rose garden extraordinaire.
It is gratifying to us, John's family, to still receive notification in the
mail of another donation to the John's Rose Garden Memorial Scholarship Fund
at Napa Valley College. It will be at a level that can award a yearly scholarship
to a deserving student. The North Bay Rose Society also has received many donations
in John's memory and I believe will be awarding a scholarship for Fall 2000.
These scholarships so aptly reflect John's lifelong dedication to public service,
higher education and his passion for growing roses. That Saturday in May was
absolutely at the peak of spring bloom and probably the best day to view the
garden this year as if John had guided us in the choice of that May 6 date.
For all of those who helped
make that day possible and all those who visited, we say thank you. We would
also like to thank the Gideon Society members who donated Bibles in John's memory.
Suzy hopes to be able to keep the garden maintained so that it will be picture
perfect for an open garden on day a year in May. We shall let you know next
year the time and date of our next open garden. One of John's sons aided by
a son-in-law has setup a memorial web site in John's honor, www.johnsrosegarden.org. All are invited
to visit the web site and enjoy his work.
Gladys E. Dallas
and all of John's family
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