The Rosa Memoria™ Project is a signature fundraising initiative of Lutheran Medical Center Foundation to benefit Collier Hospice Center. Sales of Rosa Memoria™, a white rosa spinosissimae cultivated exclusively for Lutheran, will help provide valuable hospice services for years to come.
Rosa Memoria™ will be introduced in limited supplies in 2014, with more widespread availability beginning in 2015. Rosa Memoria™ was selected for cultivation by Panayoti Kelaidis, Senior Curator of the Denver Botanic Gardens, and is being propagated by own-root rose experts at Fort Collins Wholesale Nursery.
The white rose symbolizes our hospice in a way no other flower possibly could:
Heritage: Martin Luther carefully selected a white rose as the backdrop for his own personal seal in 1530, and thus the chapel at the heart of the Lutheran Medical Center campus bears a Luther’s rose on its original cornerstone. When Collier Hospice Center was built shortly after the hospital’s 100th year, 100 rose-shaped stone medallions were embedded throughout the structure and grounds, representing the hospital’s legacy.
Hospice: The white rose, Luther wrote, symbolized his belief that faith gives joy, comfort and peace in a way that nothing else can do. Our hospice strives to provide every loved one and caregiver lasting joy, comfort and peace.
Nature: Rosa Memoria™ is developed from roses that are especially adaptable to Colorado’s cold winters, dry summers and high altitude, and its dark purple hips provide year-round color. The rose is a beautiful, living monument that honors loved ones and caregivers for generations.
To get involved as a sponsor or volunteer for our White Rose event, or to make a donation to support Rosa Memoria™ Project or Collier Hospice Center, please contact the Foundation at 303-467-4800 or by email.
Learn more about Lutheran Hospice at Collier Hospice Center.