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Rose Talk – Garden Club Update

I recently joined the neighborhood garden club, and attended the March meeting last week.  The Greenridge Garden Club is a small group of ladies who all have some connection with my neighborhood, Greenridge.  Most of them lived here at one point, but only 3 members (including me) are actual residents.

One of the members, Maryann, is a Master Gardener, and she presented a talk on growing roses.

Maryann has over 60 varieties of roses in her garden.  But her first suggestion was to start small.  Perhaps 3 plants initially, choose a red, yellow, and a pink.  She assured us that roses are very easy to grow.  Dig a big hole and plant up to the graft knot.  Easy speesy.

Then she proceeded to talk for 90 minutes on care, pests, and diseases.  I had to suppress a giggle.

One of Maryann’s favorite rose suppliers is David Austin. These roses are a bit pricey, but she claims the quality is well worth the price.   The David Austin website offers a great tutorial for those of us who are new to rose gardening.  I highly recommend a visit.

Of the three types of roses – wild, old garden, modern – she focussed her talk on the modern roses.  Modern roses are defined as roses developed after 1867.  Hybrid teas, the kind you find at the florist, are very fussy.  Floribunda (many flowering), miniatures, and climbers round out the modern roses.

Many of the members like to grow the knockout variety, but Maryann does not care for them.  However, the long blooming season and small plant structure make it a very attractive choice for smaller gardens.

Knockout (photo credit: