US (CA): Rose grower raising funds, awareness for Alzheimer's

During the month of September, Grace Rose Farm in Santa Ynez will donate 25% of all proceeds from the purchase of Love Song roses to benefit the Alzheimer's Association.

Husband/wife duo and Grace Rose Farm owners Ryan and Graci Poulson announced on Sept. 1 the reason behind their monthlong fundraising efforts.

"This weekend marked five years since my dad passed from Alzheimer’s," Ryan Poulson explained. "He was a larger than life character — funny, kind, gentle, humble, caring, loving, supportive, encouraging, chivalrous and so much more. My time with him was cut way too short, but I am forever grateful that I got to call him dad."

In honor of Poulson's father and those affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia, the couple said, they selected the Love Song rose for its mauve-lavender color, which also represents the Alzheimer's organization's thematic purple color. 

Read more at the Santa Maria Times (Lisa Andre)

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