Petals for Patriots Project
Project for Wounded Warriors Blossoms
Petals for Patriots is a charitable program in which members of the community create beautiful floral arrangements for wounded soldiers and veterans. The program was started in 2008 by Floral Designer David Root. David was inspired to begin this project in his own flower shop due to his military past. He started bringing floral designs to Balboa Hospital for those who were wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq and encouraged local garden clubs to join him in his efforts.
Upon hearing about the cause in 2011, LaVerne Schlosser asked the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club if they would like to join in. LaVerne and other members of the garden club take two months out of the year to make floral arrangements and take fresh fruit baskets to the Wounded Warrior Battalion at Camp Pendleton. “The mission of this program is to let these Marines know how much we care and that they are not forgotten,” explained LaVerne. “My husband is a veteran of many wars and we had seen the wounded at Balboa firsthand. They are so grateful for the kindness shown.”
The project is ongoing, so LaVerne and the garden club plan to continue to help the cause with their floral designs for as long as they have the volunteers to help. With the help of Shirley Corless, Mary Jam, Andrea Kessler, and Suzanne Johnson, Laverne was able to see this project bloom just like her flowers. LaVerne asserted that the most rewarding aspect about heading Petals for Patriots was “the camaraderie of the ladies and the joy it brings to the recipients.”