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Journal of a rose gardener...Weeds..tearoom..shows 07/07/16

Its been busy, busy, busy here at the Nursery , so we thought we would give you a heads up on the following, planting pond margins, dealing with problem weeds, deadheading roses...and more

The tearoom is in full swing providing legendary homemade cakes and scones.

We are at Shrewsbury Flower show, Wem Vehicles Of Interest Show, where we would love to meet you and a offer advise.



Jun 04 • 2012 • BedsBushesFlowersGardensGreenhouseHardierPerennialsRoseRose Gardens

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ROCKFORD — Rose lovers from far and beyond flock to Sinnissippi Gardens in Rockford to see the vast varieties of the All-American Rose Selection flowers. The gardens include about 2,000 rose plants throughout, along with the 32-foot floral clock that is planted each year with annuals raised in a greenhouse. According to garden maintenance coordinator Haylie Goodin, Sinnissippi Gardens has the highest concentration of roses compared to other gardens. “A lot of other rose gardens you go into have perennials mixed in with the roses, but we have strictly roses in the beds,” she said. The rose garden was planted in the mid-1920s by Rockford Park District. “The footprint you see now is the same footprint it has been historically,” said Goodin. “We haven’t changed as far as bed design and layout.” Goodin said the garden has been accredited by the All-America Rose Selection for many years. Sinnissippi used to receive the newest variety of rose plants from the AARS, and also would be honored with each year’s winning rose. “We would get to plant the rose a year before it was out on the market,” she said. In the 1950s, the garden was renovated and the floral clock, which is the centerpiece of the garden, was designed and built by a local Rockford company. The rose beds in the garden are separated by family of rose. Goodin said they come from all around. A lot of them come from Michigan and Canada, because the bushes grown there are “hardier” and need little maintenance as far as pest and disease control. Each rose is labeled with variety and family. Each rose contains its own quirky name such as “Hi, Neighbor,” “Chuckles,” “Aunt Honey” and even “Dick Clark.” Goodin said the names are made up by the hybridizer. “It comes from whatever inspires them, whether it’s a life experience, a person or something else,” she said. Although the park district is responsible for maintaining the rose garden, local master gardeners assist with weeding, deadheading and care of the beds. One of those master gardeners is Ed Leach of Rockford, who has been a master gardener for 12 years. Leach said that master gardeners need 30 hours of volunteer work and 10 hours of continuing education to keep their license. He said many local master gardeners volunteer maintenance at Sinnissippi for their needed hours. Leach has been in charge of the ‘Carefree Wonder’ rose bed for three years. He claims the roses are high maintenance. At the end of May, Leach was out deadheading the roses. He said it is too early to be doing the work, but because of the warmer spring this year, the roses bloomed early. “You shouldn’t have to be deadheading this much this early,” he said. “But, if you want to keep them blooming, you have to cut off the blooms.” Goodin said the roses bloom in full mass two cycles a year. One in mid-June and the second in late August or early September. This year, the roses bloomed in the middle of May because of the warm spring. Currently, a renovation is taking place next to the rose gardens. The Nicholas Conservatory was built and opened in fall 2011. The conservatory replaced a greenhouse that was built in the 1920s. It is an exhibition of tropical trees, plants, flowers and floral displays. Goodin said the greenhouse that was torn down was a growing and production site for plants and flowers. The greenhouse also included display areas for visitors to view. “Now it’s more viewing and very little production,” she said. “It’s a whole different experience to come in and see both gardens.” Right now, the park district is trying to coordinate a path to view the Sinnissippi Gardens and the conservatory at once. “It’s the first year we’ve had both open and functioning at the same time,” Goodin said. Construction still is ongoing around the outside of the conservatory and to the Sinnissippi Lagoon which sits across from the rose garden. Goodin said the lagoon was completely redone and is scheduled to reopen this fall. She said when everything is completed it will be a destination to view all the gardens with the conservatory included.

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.



Mar 18 • 2012 • GardenGraftedGrowingRose BedsRose GardenRose NewsRose PlantingSpecial Rose





The Souvenir d’Anne Frank Commemorative Rose

A VERY special rose has been used to commemorate an important date in York’s history.

Yesterday marked the anniversary of when almost 500 of York’s Jewish community perished in the pogrom of 1190 .

Beginning in late 1189, Catholics goaded and envenomed by the coming Crusades In the Holy Land, form roving mobs and rehearse their fanaticism by attacking and murdering Jews. In September 1189, 30 Jews are murdered to mark the coronation of King Richard I the Lionheart. That massacre would prove to be a mere warm-up act for the carnage of March 18 the following year, when Jews are killed by the hundreds in York but also at Lynn, at Stamford fair, and at Norwich. Dozens of Jews commit suicide to avoid being murdered.

The massacre was remembered with a rose-planting ceremony at Tower Gardens.

The Souvenir d’Anne Frank rose was sent to York by Kenji Yamamuro, from Japan. The rose has been grafted from a flower sent to Japan by Anne Frank’s father, Otto Frank, to a young Japanese girl, Michiko Otsuki, who was a reader of Anne’s Diary, in the 1970s. From that one rose, grafts were taken by Michiko’s uncle, Mr Yamamuro, and sent all over Japan, to be planted and nurtured by children, as a living reminder of Anne and her longing for a peaceful world.

         Children from Knavesmire Primary School attended yesterday’s ceremony, singing a song with words by Anne, and hanging poems they had written on to a cut out “Remembering Tree” created for the occasion.

The rose was sent as part of the Souvenir d'Anne Frank project, a new theatre and music work, which will be touring to York Theatre Royal later this month.



Councillor Jennifer Waterhouse 

A £15,000 revamp of the Rose Gardens has been agreed by Berwick Town Council as part of its contribution towards the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

The gardens, part of Flagstaff Park which nestles beneath the town’s Elizabethan Walls, were created for the Queen’s coronation in 1952.

However the area has begun to look a little tired in recent years and Berwick Town Council was keen to see it given a makeover.

Councillor Jennifer Waterhouse, speaking at a meeting of the council’s environment and regeneration committee, said: “This is a project we have been talking about for such a long time that we now need to go ahead and get it done.”

Councillor John Robertson, chairman, added: “It sounds a lot of money but Flagstaff Park has historical significance given that it was created to celebrate the Queen’s coronation.”

A local designer has put together some initial suggestions of how it could be revamped.

These include two metal archways at the entrance to the Rose Gardens which would have roses growing over them.

It is also planned to replant the rose beds, tidy up the hedgerows and introduce other plants such as geraniums and lavender.

In the part of the garden where there is currently a circular footpath it is proposed to put a new path straight across the grassed area, lined by low-lying shrubs. A flagpole has been suggested as its centrepiece.

Town clerk Sue Finch said: “The Rose Gardens are very much part of Berwick’s history but they have been looking very tired so we are looking at a combination of replanting and general tidying up.

“All the planting would be low maintenance and Northumberland County Council has said it will meet the costs of the labour.”

It is also proposed to relocate the bench seating on Marygate to the Rose Garden.

Members agreed to meet the cost of the project from town council reserves.

It is hoped the work will be completed for the diamond jubilee anniversary celebrations on June 4 when a party will be held on The Parade, hopefully followed by a procession along the town walls to the beacon - situated just above the Rose Gardens.

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Feb 03 • 2012 • Diamond JubileePoor SoilRose GardenRose NewsStreamraised Bedstrenance gardens




TRENANCE Rose Garden in Newquay is to undergo a month-long facelift as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations – at a cost of £62,000.

Cornwall Council's neighbourhood services team will lead the overhaul, installing a new drainage system and steel gazebo at the site.

The team will also remove compacted and diseased soil, and rotten timber edges, before planting new roses.

Work is due to begin on Monday next week when the rose garden will be closed to the public.

Andy Cook, the council's environment engineer, said: "The existing rose garden is now of an age where the raised beds are becoming dilapidated and mixed roses and other planting has reached the end of their most attractive life. This is compounded by the poor soil which has become compacted in some places and is also sodden due to the proximity of the Trenance stream.

"The existing plants have been assessed and we aim to retain as many as possible.

Any plants which are not required for the new planting scheme will be given to the Newquay in Bloom Partnership."

Councillor Julian German, the council's portfolio holder for historic environment, added: "The council is committed to the provision of quality public open spaces and being able to use monies from developer contributions to support this project has been invaluable.

"Trenance Gardens have, for a long time, been an important public space for Newquay. The enhancement of the rose garden along with Trenance Cottages means that this area will be a focus for the community for a long time to come."

Councillor George Edwards, Cornwall councillor for Newquay Treloggan, said: "On behalf of the people of Newquay I would like thank our portfolio holder Julian German who met me on a site visit with senior officers.

"I was delighted when they informed me on the site visit that we had funding to spend on the gardens. I am sure that with this money we can put a splendid show on in the gardens for everyone to enjoy."

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