The Pat Summitt Foundation Kicks Off Fifth Annual Alzheimer's Pansy Project to Raise Awareness, Funds
Special purple and orange pansies will take their place on the Knoxville area landscape this fall amongst all the autumn decorations, UT orange and coming fall foliage. However, the hardy flowers bear an important meaning beyond their beauty.
The goal of the Alzheimer’s Pansy Project is to decorate Knoxville in purple and orange pansies as a symbol of support for all those fighting Alzheimer’s disease. Both locations of Stanley’s Greenhouses and Plant Farm will donate a portion of the proceeds from sales of the specially-grown pansies through the end of November to The Pat Summitt Foundation.
“We’re extremely grateful to the volunteers who have coordinated this effort for five years and to Stanley’s Greenhouses and Plant Farm for their generous support. The Alzheimer’s Pansy Project has become a special tradition that people throughout Knoxville look forward to every year. This project raises Alzheimer’s awareness as well as funds for the foundation; it is also a very touching tribute to Pat Summitt,” said Patrick Wade, executive director of The Pat Summitt Foundation.
Purple has come to represent the fight against Alzheimer’s, and of course, the orange represents UT. The French word for pansy is pensée meaning “thought.”
The flower power project was the idea of Susie Stiles, a licensed clinical social worker with the Elder Law Practice of Monica Franklin.
“I want the orange and purple pansies to send a message of love and encouragement and hope to all those who are dealing with Alzheimer's disease. When folks see them they will know that our community's thoughts and prayers are with them on their journeys - as patients, families, caregivers, healthcare practitioners, researchers and more,’’ Stiles said.
For the fifth year, Stanley’s Greenhouses and Plant Farm began growing the orange and purple pansies and violas this summer for the fall planting season.
“Stanley’s is proud to help The Pat Summitt Foundation fight this awful disease and help support people who have Alzheimer’s and their families,” said Lisa Stanley of Stanley’s Greenhouses and Plant Farm.
State Senator Becky Duncan Massey praised the initiative during the announcement event, held Thursday at Stanley’s south Knoxville location.
Stanley’s Greenhouses and Plant Farm, where the specially grown pansies are available, is located at 3029 Davenport Road in south Knoxville. Maps and directions available at www.stanleysgreenhouses.com or call 865-573-9591