Knoxville, Tennessee (WATE) – The 10th Annual Pansy Project kicked off Thursday, October 21 at Stanley’s Greenhouse.
The goal of the Alzheimer’s Pansy Project is to decorate Knoxville with purple and orange pansies. Purple acting as a symbol of support for all those battling Alzheimer’s disease and orange is reminiscent of basketball legend Pat Summitt’s struggle with the disease. A portion of the proceeds from the pansy sales through the end of November will be donated to the Pat Summitt Foundation.
âWe are grateful to celebrate the 10th Alzheimer’s Pansy Project in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the Pat Summitt Foundation. The Pansy Project has become a special tradition in Knoxville, and we look forward to working with Stanley’s each year to raise awareness and fundraise for Alzheimer’s disease, âsaid Morgan Vance, Director of Advancement for the Pat Summitt Foundation. .
The Flower Power project was born out of the idea of ââSusie Stiles, a registered clinical social worker at Franklin & Kyle Elder Law. âI want the orange and purple pansies to send a message of love, encouragement and hope to all who are struggling with Alzheimer’s disease. When people see them, they will know that the thoughts and prayers of our community are with them on their journey – as patients, families, caregivers, healthcare professionals, researchers and friends, âsaid Stiles.
Stanley’s Greenhouses and Plant Farm has started growing orange and purple pansies and violas during the summer so they’re ready for the fall planting season. Pansies are available at the greenhouse on Davenport Road in South Knoxville. More information can be found at www.stanleysgreenhouses.com.