For the fifth consecutive autumn, orange and purple pansies will dot the Knoxville area landscape to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, to honor patients and their families, and to serve as a special tribute to Pat Summitt.


The Alzheimer’s Pansy Project kickoff is this Thursday, September 29th at 1 p.m. at Stanley’s Greenhouses and Plant Farm, 3029 Davenport Road, Knoxville, TN, 37920.


UT Lady Vols Head Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt announced the program in the fall of 2012. The Alzheimer’s Pansy Project aims to decorate Knoxville in purple and orange pansies as a symbol of support for all those fighting Alzheimer’s disease while raising funds for The Pat Summitt Foundation. Proceeds from sales of the specially-grown pansies will benefit the 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.”