In the Fall of 2020, Westside Salt Lake City residents gathered to save the late Bob Bauer’s roses from demolition. The property on which they grew had been a historical staple in the Poplar Grove neighborhood, and it was to be leveled to make way for a large apartment complex. Residents were invited to dig up, transplant, and care for some 400 varieties of roses that Bob had planted and nurtured until his death in 2017.
Unlike the construction project (the property has in fact been leveled since that time, but construction has yet to begin), the rose rescue project was a success, with participants have cared for and nurtured the transplanted roses over the past two years. Bob Bauer’s roses now flourish in new homes throughout the Salt Lake Valley and beyond.
Enjoy this gallery of the results as you consider the beauty and resiliency of life that was given a chance to thrive. “It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince