Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Roses have long been America's favorite flower and with the development of new varieties that are winter hardy and easier to care for, they are becoming increasingly more popular. Learn more about selecting and growing beautiful roses at Rose Education Day on Saturday, April 12, at Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Registration for this free workshop will take place from 8:15-8:30 a.m., followed by three educational sessions until noon. Registrants will participate in three presentations by consulting rosarians and educators. Kim Loomis, professor of chemistry and American Rose Society Consulting Rosarian, will use her vast knowledge and pleasant presentation technique to bring the participants up-to-date on rose chemicals and their safe use. Tom Roi, Consulting Rosarian from Duluth, will answer all those rose pruning questions with a hands-on pruning session. David Zlesak, U of M Extension Educator and rose breeder will show the participants the new roses that are available as well as some of the old reliables. He will include the Easy Elegance Roses and the Northern Accent Roses developed by the University of Minnesota, including "Sven", "Ole" and "Lena". There will be limited quantities of roses and rose care products available for purchase. Included will be Canadian shrub roses, Bailey's Easy Elegance Roses and more.
Rose Education Day is free, but pre-registration is required; call (320) 255-6169 or (800)450-6171. Rose Education Day is sponsored by the Granite City Rose Society and Stearns County Master Gardeners.