The Flag House is saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. Raymond Kirkland, our dear friend and long-time volunteer who maintained the Flag House Rose Garden. It is fitting that today’s Facebook memories are of these beautiful roses Raymond grew in 2016. In 2002, after the original rose garden was removed during the Hofmeister Building construction, he stepped in to purchase, plant, and maintain the rose garden with 15 patriotically named rose plants, his favorite being Bronze Star. In 2005, he helped to develop and hybridize the Mary Pickersgill Rose. Raymond was a member of the Maryland Rose Society and former Baltimore City Public School teacher.