Thursday, September 12, 2013

Pink Hill, NC

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: 
"What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” 
 ~ C.S. Lewis 

And that is how it's been with Susan (Myers) and me. We connected some 6 years ago and have tagged along in each others life. Susan said she recognized that here we were, two women, independently minded, who loved gardening, were involved in business and in management of our own resources; people who loved being in balance with our love of nature.

Several weeks ago she and her husband Al (Rachide) traveled out of their way to be with us, share an overnight and a few meals. Time passed so quickly as plants, cooking and projects filled a brief but amazing time together.

Have you heard of Pink Hill, NC? Well, if you haven't, then you must take a look. Pink Hill is a small community of approximately 549 population and the place Susan and Al chose to live following the purchase of the old drug store. Al is the pharmacist; they own the .99 cents store next to it, and have purchased and remodeled other buildings. Residence must be thankful that Susan and Al have chosen to make this home, as over the years they have organized efforts to make life better in their small town.

Speaking of leadership, Susan took her love of roses to a town-wide level several years ago when she decided to paint the town pink, and created the Pink Hill Flower Fund beautification project. They have now planted 730 pink Knock Out roses! and in the first quarter of next year, Susan plans to plant 500 more pink roses, Knock Out and Drifts.

Here is a prime example of where it is the people who make the difference in small towns, taking pride and beautifying the community. It is through Susan's time, energy and personal funds that this is happening.

Susan & R. rugosa 'Scabrosa'
We are so proud to have Susan and Al as friends, thank them for traveling so far to be with us, and are looking forward to our next visit.

By the way, the Third annual Pink Hill Rose Festival will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014. If you are in the vicinity, go and enjoy. More information:

Susan's Facebook page
Pink Hill Flower Fund, Facebook
Pink Hill community, February 2013
Pink Hill Pharmacy