It was fitting to celebrate Barbara Oliva's life in the Historic Rose Garden that she worked in for so long and also fitting the roses received a much needed drizzling rain on her day. Nearly 100 friends, rosarians and Rose Garden supporters joined Barbara's family in an hour of sharing to remember the Historic Rose Garden's first Curator. While each of us had a story to tell, we all learned more about Barbara. The thread running through her life is that Barbara was a teacher, a sharer of knowledge and of the joy of learning. She awoke her children on weekends to the scent of bacon cooking and the music of Gilbert and Sullivan. She enjoined volunteers to sing "In The Garden" while pruning roses. She traveled to Europe and Asia with family and friends. She even "scootched" under fences to discover 'new' roses. She not only studied and came to know roses in the Rose Garden, she eagerly shared her knowledge with others, bringing each of us under her spell.
Here are a few photos of Barbara in her beloved Historic Rose Garden. Photos were taken by Judy Eitzen, Anita Clevenger, Liz Hall and Pat Schink. Photo of 'Lady Roberts' taken by Dr. Bob LaPerriere.