The flowers that once grew at Denver’s iconic ‘Rose House' are coming back to life.
Last year, the house of the corner of Alameda and Logan - the one with the bright orange paint and a lawn covered in plants - was sold, and its flower beds bulldozed.
Eric Rooney had always admired them from afar before then.
"These rose bushes were really mature,” Rooney said. “They were really large, and every day at that stop light, every few weeks when I would stop by, I would look to the right headed north, and I would see these massive bushes of roses."
It was one day last December when Rooney saw a post online for free roses. He drove to the listed location and realized the free flowers were the ones he'd been stopping to smell for a while.
"I pulled up, and I was like, 'Oh my gosh, it's the coveted ‘Rose House,’" he said.
Rooney, and several other neighbors, wanted to try saving the cherished roses through replanting. The crew in charge of destroying the beds even helped dig up the flowers, so people could come by and take them to their own homes.
Rooney replanted what he collected in his backyard garden, and once spring came, he realized the roses had survived. Now he can appreciate them daily.
"I have a piece of them,” he said of his pink and red roses. “I got a piece of these now that I can continue on and share the story, as well."
Rooney said that these are small pieces of a Denver landmark that continue to grow today, through another generation of gardeners.
"It's kind of like a project that wasn't finished, and I get to continue on and help it to live," he said. "I think through energy, love and passion, it's the only way and a little bit of magic. It's the only way these plants survived."
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