Each year for many years a ceremony is held in the lovely rose garden at Mountains Community Hospital in Lake Arrowhead and the ceremony is always moving.
This year will be the 47th ceremony and it will begin at 2 p.m. on June 27 in the beautiful tranquil garden that overlooks Lake Arrowhead. This special event, sponsored by the hospital’s auxiliary, celebrates the lives of loved ones who have passed on. Each of the roses is donated by a family member or members who have a few minutes to share memories of their loved ones and take part, if they choose, with a simply eulogy. Donors pay a small fee of $25 for a new memorial rose bush. The fee includes the cost of the ceremony, an engraved nameplate and maintenance of the rose garden throughout the year. Anyone wishing to participate in this annual event should call Christi Schneider at (909) 337-6940 by June 6.
Everyone is welcome to attend this special ceremony and refreshments will be served at its conclusion.
The history of this special memorial garden is quite fascinating. In 1951 Sister Theresa of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange started the original heart-shaped rose garden soon after the hospital was built. The sisters maintained the garden until the property was sold to a non-profit organization in 1964. The hospital auxillary was also founded in these years to assist the sisters and the hospital.
In 1967, an auxiliary member, who was a member of the Hilltoppers Garden Club, began the rose garden renovation, donating hundreds of hours for this labor of love. The Hilltoppers replaced and rejuvenated the roses, adding new areas to the gardens.
In 2008 the Hilltoppers disbanded and the hospital auxiliary took over the care of the rose gardens. The memorial ceremony continues ass a beautiful tradition for the local mountain communities.
For more Rose Garden information or to participate in this lovely memorial call Christi Schneider at (909) 337-6940.