CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Jason Adkins didn't go to bed until about 5 o'clock Saturday morning.
But by 10 a.m., Adkins was standing in the middle of a flowerbed sprucing up the Living AIDS Memorial Garden on Charleston's East End.
"I didn't realize there were so many weeds," he said, grabbing a handful while minding the Irises in bloom. "I'm trying to make sure I don't pick any flowers."
Friday night, Adkins had been named "Ms. Red Ribbon" at Broadway, a club on Leon Sullivan Way.
"I went dressed up as a big tree with flowers," he said, noting that helped him win the title, which makes him responsible for the garden's upkeep throughout the year.
Ralph Carr, Adkins' partner, stood in the garden too.
"It's a way to help pay tribute to the ones no longer here and pay tribute to the ones still surviving," Carr said.
"It's beautiful here," Adkins added. "There's a lot of meaning."
The small but lush garden located on the corner of Washington Street East and Sidney Street, is lined with bricks printed with names of those who have died from the disease or other illness.
"I see all the names, some of the bricks have messages on them, some are names of my friends," said Carl Maxwell.
Maxwell, one of the founders of the space, has been tending to the garden for about 15 years.