NEW ZEALAND ROSE GARDENS DAMAGED BY SCATTERED HUMAN ASHES
So many people are scattering the cremated remains of loved ones in the public roses gardens in New Zealand's capital that it is damaging the plants. Wellington's Botanic Gardens are a popular attraction and it seems people are increasingly choosing the rose beds as their final resting place. But the high concentration of phosphate in the ashes is damaging the health of some plants and staff are upset by constantly having to remove bone fragments and ash from the beds, he said. "We understand people are only trying to carry out the wishes of their deceased loved ones by scattering their ashes," gardens manager Paul Andrews said. "However, the rose garden is not the right place to do it." Some rose beds are being doused in ashes up to three times a week. Some rose varieties are more popular targets than others, with "Remember Me" and "Lasting Love" proving particularly attractive.