Took Time to Smell the Roses Today


Hartling Family Rose Garden


What a beautiful fall day it turned out to be today! One of the highlights of my day was spending a little time in our new and beautiful rose garden on campus with Jeanne Hartling. Jeanne is a recent retiree from FVTC, a person I’ve known and worked with for almost three decades. Sadly, Jeanne lost her husband Bill earlier this year. He was a long-time and highly respected educator with the Appleton Area School District and a master rosarian. Thanks to the generosity of Jeanne and her family, they honored Bill’s memory and skill with roses by donating hundreds of these lovely plants to the College and its Horticulture Technician Program students.

Our students did just a masterful job, themselves, in planning and creating this outstanding new garden that faces Bluemound Drive. Jeanne and I had a chance to reflect a little today, enjoy the garden, and take in the warm sunshine. She met me there as I had a “thank you” gift I wanted to give her. This story, including a nice photo of Jeanne sitting in the rose garden, was featured recently in the Post-Crescent and I had the article framed for her. It was just nice to take a little time to smell the roses today…in the Hartling Family Rose Garden.

In this crazy world in which we live, and never really knowing what tomorrow will bring, have you taken some time to “smell the roses” lately?

4 thoughts on “Took Time to Smell the Roses Today

  1. Deb Woodworth

    The Hartling Family Rose Garden is a wonderful gift to not only FVTC, but the Fox Cities area. The donation of the roses and the work that FVTC’s Horticulture program, along with other program areas, provided is awesome!

  2. Teresa Tuschl

    The Hartling family created a wonderful legacy for Bill with this garden. What an honor to be an FVTC employee who gets to see the garden as I enter & exit the building each day, and as I enjoy lunch or a moment away from the desk. Thanks to not only the Hartling family for the wonderful donation, but also to the FVTC students who made the garden a beautiful place to enjoy the roses with the structures, paths and care of the plants.


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