Welcome to Anne’s Gardens: Roses of Yesteryear

Anne Belovich – rose collector, author, teacher, builder, adventurer, and now…blogger

Special note: Our dear Anne left this life on November 16, 2021, at 97 years old. We had been working on this website for a couple of months before her passing and she had a few blog posts completed with some more needing minor details. Rick and I decided to go ahead and publish because she was so excited about it. All of Anne’s blog posts will be categorized under ‘By Anne’ on the blog page. As we continue to support and grow her legacy, we will add to her initial work sharing more about her life and how she inspired others to “…go ahead with your dreams and fight the prejudice where you find it. Look carefully for this same prejudice in yourself. It could be lurking there without you realizing it and could cause you to not believe in yourself.” (from A Voyage of Determination, p. 134) Always the pragmatist.

I have wanted a website for a long time. However, I have always been too busy with other projects to do the research necessary to figure out how to get started. Now that I have finished my Little Book of Alba Roses and have the technical support of my extended family, I found my opportunity to venture into the world of websites and yes, blogging.

As a visual person, roses have brought color to my world literally and figuratively. It is sheer delight to see the first blossoms of my Rosa moyesii geranium begin to run up and cascade back down the large cottonwood just outside my dressing room window every spring. The display of Pleine de Grace and Paul’s Himalayan Musk in the Birch Rose Garden in June and July keeps the memory of my husband and the wonderful life we shared alive. Roses act as metaphors for life; friendships; love; spirituality; variety and uniqueness; and legacy. Hence, “roses of yesteryear” refers to both the blooms and thorns of my roses and in my life journey.

The intent for this site and my blog is to inspire people to plant, grow, and see the “roses” in their lives and to live to their full potential. At 96 years of age, time moves fast. Social media reach requires frequent posts, so I will count on my friends and family to help with this.

I hope we will all enjoy this celebration of flowers, family, food, and friends. Please drop me a note about what you would like to see or hear about. I would love to hear from you.

And yes, I’m working on another book.

Anne inspects her roses and takes management notes on her daily walks to the mailbox.

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