Durham company selling rose bushes to help Hospice

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — A garden known for being a place to for stopping and smelling the roses is selling those roses off for a good cause.

Witherspoon Rose Culture was founded back in 1951 and has been on Watkins Road in Durham, just off of US 15-501, for about 60 years.

Visitors still come to see the display gardens and learn about cultivating roses.

But, the company is relocating its headquarters to Garrett Road.

So, it’s looking to find homes for 1,300 rose bushes.

Witherspoon decided to sell  them to raise money for Transitions LifeCare, which a non-profit end-of life care provider.

“Just the concept of the different stages in life that people experience and how that relates to the Transitions LifeCare and this is definitely a new step in the Witherspoon business life and so I think they really parallel each other,” said Mary Alice Pike, the garden shop manager.

“I think it’s great that I can have one of the rose bushes from here to have for myself at home and also that it goes to Transitions LifeCare that’s just fantastic. I’m glad that the profits will be going to a group like that,” said customer Linda Magyar.

The sale ends on November 6. Each rose bush is being sold for $45.

Half of that will go toward “Transitions LifeCare.”

It serves 500 people a day in Hospice care in the Triangle. It’s caring for 30 kids in a new pediatric program that launched a year ago.

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