Tricounty News

Rose Education Day April 28

By Janelle Daberkow,


Roses have long been America's favorite flower and with the development of new varieties that differ from the standard shrub rose, they are becoming increasingly more popular. Learn more about growing beautiful roses at Rose Education Day on Saturday,

April 28, at Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Registration for this free workshop will take place from 8 to 8:30 a.m. followed by three educational sessions ending at 11:30.

Registrants will participate in three presentations by American Rose Society consulting rosarians, University professors, and experienced rose growers.

James Beardsley, ARS Consulting Rosarian and MN Rose Society member will be presenting, "What's Bugging my Roses?"

Dr. David Zlesak, former University of Minnesota Extension Educator, and now current Assistant Professor of Plant and Earth Science at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, will be presenting an update on the Northern Earth-Kind Rose trial and program. Finally Clemens Gardens Rose Specialist, Stearns County Master Gardener and Granite City Rose Society President, Deb Keiser, will be present, "Choosing Hardy Shrub Roses for Small Spaces."

There will be limited quantities of roses and rose care products available for purchase during Rose Education Day. Products include Bob's Custom Mix fertilizer, and some varieties of hardy shrub roses for sale include: Patriot Dreams, Northern Accents Sigrid, and Bailey's Easy Elegance Pinktopia and Easy Elegance Music Box. Items will be sold during registration and during breaks between presentations.

Rose Education Day is free, but pre-registration is required. Register by calling Stearns County Extension at (320) 255-6169, or (800) 450-6171. Rose Education Day is sponsored by the Granite City Rose Society and Stearns County Master Gardeners.