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An Iris for Carole

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Anyone who gardens will find it’s good for the soul. You can kind of forget everything else when you’re out there in your garden. Flowers give back much more than you give them.
Carole Vossen, Redding Record Searchlight, April 24, 1987

Carole Ann Vossen, 1941-2005

We lost a dear friend in mid-January. Carole Vossen slipped away quietly at a hospital in Redding, California, after a suffering massive stroke a few days earlier. She and husband Jerry had just celebrated thirty-nine years of marriage. Carole served as advertising manager for Pacific Horticulture and was a familiar face to those visiting our booth at the NW Flower & Garden Show each year.

Carole was another example of Pacific Horticulture’s “iris connection.” As we mentioned on page one of the April 2003 issue, irises have been a long-time love of both past and current editors. Iris brought George and Olive Waters together, and ultimately led to his taking on the editorship of our fledgling journal. As active members of the American Iris Society (AIS), they have produced twenty editions of the society’s annual calendar. They also bro...

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