TEA ANYONE? I invite you to sit and sip a cuppa with me. Do you like raspberry herbal? I enjoy it very much without anything added, but you may like to try a little lemon or honey. It’s a tasty rosy pink tisane! I am so excited that you stopped by for a visit today!
A LOT CAN HAPPEN IN A YEAR!
Things are happening which I alluded to in a past Christmas post
and promised that I would tell you about. We have much to talk about. In fact, I have so much to talk with you about today that there are two parts to this post! If you are a regular visitor to ‘Beautiful Ideas’, you may have noticed that I have been taking a little break from blogging lately. Actually, I have been so busy partly because of the blog and the amazing opportunities that it has brought with it this past year, which was my first year of blogging! Whew! A lot can happen in a year! First, have a listen to this gorgeous Celtic Woman with the voice of an angel. I love how she sings, “When You Believe”. What happens when we believe in something?! It fuels our enthusiasm, uplifts our spirit and often becomes our passion…
“WHEN YOU DO nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.” ~ Unknown
GROWING PINK DAYS!
I have been occupied in recent months tending a garden of sorts – growing ‘Garden Pink Days’ a high-spirited fun’draiser for breast cancer research, equipment and programs in my home province. The first local Garden Pink Days was held last July at a favourite garden centre, Pat’s Plants and Gardens.
It was a beautiful success!
Pink Days is about Awareness, Hope & Support for persons with breast cancer, their families & friends; while at the same time, promoting gardening as part of healthy & beautiful living. Raising funds for breast cancer research, programs & equipment is a bonus. Pink Days is a way like no other that enables garden centres to connect with their gardening customers in creating a future without breast cancer. Pink Days is a Win-Win for everyone involved!”
THE SEED IS PLANTED…
The first seed was planted last June as I was browsing the pages of a gardening magazine. Proven Winners
, a well-known grower to many gardeners, was promoting its first hybridized pink Annabelle hydrangea, ‘Invincibelle Spirit’
, specially developed in tribute to persons with breast cancer. For every plant sold, Proven Winners will donate $1 and up to $1 million to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. To date, proceeds from sales of ‘Invincibelle Spirit’ are climbing to nearly half a million dollars for breast cancer research!
The impossible can always be broken down into possibilities. ~Author Unknown
TRUE BEAUTY AND DEEP MEANING IN THE GARDEN
I loved the idea of having a way to add beauty and true meaning to my garden, and to honour my beloved mom-in-law, Ethel, who died from breast cancer in November 2009. She was an avid gardener, a best friend, a kindred spirit… Every day I miss having her in my life. And, off I went in search of the ‘Invincibelle Spirit’ for my garden to honour Ethel’s beautiful spirit in our garden. I found the pink plant at Pat’s Plants and Gardens, Bay Bulls. Many of you know already that I was on medical leave at the time myself recovering from breast cancer treatments. So, for me, the plant has even greater significance.
IF YOU BELIEVE …
When I returned from Pat’s Plants and Gardens, I googled the plant and discovered that Proven Winners has a ‘Pink Days’ campaign. I immediately contacted Pat Puddester, the owner of the glorious garden centre where I had purchased my plant, and asked if she might consider hosting a Pink Day
to raise funds in support of breast cancer research, programs and equipment in this province. Pat not only said, “Yes!”, she insisted that we hold an entire Pink Weekend! What a woman! In addition to funds raised from prize draws, auction items, and other fun activities, Pat offered to contribute 10% of pink plant sales throughout the weekend! Pink Days generated a lot of excitement and positive buzz about town. Just a few short weeks later, we had ourselves a beautiful and successful Garden Pink Day! We raised over $2,300. You can see what we did and photos here, here
, and here
. Pat and I, and many of the volunteers that day, have since become good friends – another beautiful bonus of Pink Days!
Make your optimism come true. ~Author Unknown
A TRULY BEAUTIFUL IDEA!
Proven Winners actively promotes their Pink Day campaign in the U.S. Initially, I emailed the company and thanked them for the beautiful idea of the Invicibelle Spirit pink hyrangea. They were thrilled to know that Pink Days was in bloom here! Shortly after that first contact, Proven Winners asked to use this blog post
about our local event as part of a presentation to their major growers to let them know the impact of the plant and the Pink Days campaign in this part of the world!
Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way. ~Abraham Lincoln
A month or so after the inaugural Pink Days here, Proven Winners emailed me (while I was on holiday on Prince Edward Island, meeting my new friend Carolyn Aiken of the popular blog Aiken Home and Gardens!)
to say they would be attending a huge international industry conference in Chicago the following week, and could they use articles from my blog posts possibly for distribution in their media kits. Over 10,000 people would be attending. And could they, too, incorporate some of the blog photos from this post
in their table centrepieces at a luncheon they would be hosting for 500 guests – just to let people know what they’d be missing out on if they didn’t host a Pink Day!! No problem! WHAHOO!
We will either find a way or make one. ~Hannibal
I CAN’T BELIEVE!
Okay, here’s where I say, “I can’t believe what just happened!” Barely four short months after the first-ever Pink Days was hosted at Pats Plants and Gardens here in Newfoundland, I was invited to Toronto to speak at a national industry conference of representatives from independent garden centres across Canada hosted by Sheridan Nurseries
. I was to tell about my own story about having breast cancer and my personal Pink Day experience. The beautiful Stacey Hirvela from Proven Winners was presenting and she was playing the photos on the big screen behind her of our fun’draiser as an inspiration to others! The dream for me has been that in the years to come, the idea of Pink Days will catch on and continue to spread across our fair Island. I could never have dreamed in a zillion years, that I would have an opportunity to champion the cause to owners of garden centres across the country!!!
I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. ~Mayo Angelou
I am thrilled to tell you that Pink Days has grown this year to include five (Yes, 5!) AWESOME garden centres on the Avalon Peninsula in Summer 2012. Pat’s Plants and Gardens is excitedly looking forward to hosting its Second Annual Garden Pink Days on July 14-15. Generously joining in the cause are: Hickey’s Greenhouses, both their Dunville (June 30) and Kelligrews, Conception Bay South (July 7) locations; Shand Nurseries, Pouch Cove (July 21), and O’Neill’s Gardlenland, Spaniards Bay (July 22). And, interest is growing…
I hope you enjoyed your tea!
PINK BLOOMS! This year, Landscape Newfoundland and Labrador, too, has joined the cause in kindly contributing space at its Spring Landscaping and Garden Show and Symposium on Saturday, April 28th and Sunday, April 29th at the Jack Byrne Arena, Torbay enabling ‘Pink Days in Bloom!’ to be promoted to the thousands of visitors to the show. Canada’s own gardening guru Mark Cullen will be their special guest!
INSPIRING WOMEN… More recently, I was invited to a meeting of a local breast cancer support group (the first time I’ve ever been to anything like this) specifically to talk with members about Pink Days. Many of them volunteered to help get the word out at the Garden Show! Thank you to all you lovely ladies who signed up! You are the best!
Four short words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals above the crowd: a little bit more. They did all that was expected of them and a little bit more. ~A. Lou Vickery
I am over-the-moon by the enthusiasm and support demonstrated by local businesses and volunteers; including women living with breast cancer, survivors, and their families and friends. It is beyond inspiring to see all of these people so willingly give back to their communities. The high energy, big-heartedness, and all-embracing spirit – even among strangers – that springs from a Pink Day event is palpable and infectious.
A WAY LIKE NO OTHER… Garden Pink Days is really a way like no other in connecting with people, young and old, who live in our neighbourhoods, while offering comfort and support to fight the disease. Raising funds for breast cancer research is a bonus! To someone like me, Pink Days mean the world. We have to believe that the cause and cure for breast cancer will be found in our lifetime, so our children today will not have to suffer tomorrow.
- And, speaking of children…I could not resist sharing with you this photo of my precious young grandnieces Victoria, 8 and Lily, 1. Big sister just adores little sister! I played with the special effects a bit…I love how it looks a little like an oil painting. What do you think?
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. ~Maya Angelou
THOUGHT-PROVOKING QUESTION: “Is there inequity between the iconic ‘Pink Ribbon’ campaign proceeds and breast cancer research?” Is your curiousity peaked? Stay tuned for ‘PINK TWIST’ – Part II of this post…
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Many thanks for choosing to spend some precious moments of your day here!
I’m so glad you came.
Wishing you a beautiful day,
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