On July 19, Lisa Marini Finerty (originally from California by way of Chicago, resident in Otricoli, Terni) passed away at age 57 due to illness at Ospedale San Camillo in Rome. She was surrounded by family and friends and received excellent and caring attention by her doctors. Lisa was an energetic, loving and active member of our community covering, among others, the role of Rome Chapter Chair for Democrats Abroad where she became an international example of fervid voters registration drives. She also founded Secret Gardens Italy and, most recently with her husband, the social network for gardeners, www.yourgardenshow.com. Her energy, her eloquence, her amazing and sometimes superhuman creativity and zest for life sparked an entire universe of friends from all walks of life, all languages and cultures. She will be missed on every continent and each time zone. In honor of Lisa, the caretakers of the Roman garden, Il Roseto Comunale, the Rose Garden of the City of Rome normally closed this time of year, will open its gates exceptionally on Saturday morning, July 23 from 11:00 am