NEW ROSES FOR 2013
ALWAYS REMEMBER ME
Hybrid Tea Rose 3ft
The flowers of this hybrid tea are a soft peachy apricot, lightly scented and produced singly. Leaves are glossy and large and new growth is a bright copper red. Habit is upright. Rosa Always Remember Me is a medium growing plant reaching about 3 feet (100cms). Do you remember PC Bill Barker? His name is synonymous with the Cumbrian floods of 2009 when he was swept away from a collapsing bridge in Workington when ensuring the safety of others. His family and the community will never forget the courage of a people’s hero. And in years to come, a new rose called “Always Remember Me�? will blossom in memory of PC Barker’s steadfast nature. Sales of the rose will benefit the Air Rescue, an important charity nominated by PC Barker.
Available from Country Garden Roses from December 2012.
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Rose News From Around The World
The Hershey Rose Gardens Well Worth A Visit
Mention Hershey, Pennsylvania to anyone and they will immediately identify it with chocolate kisses and candy bars, and if they haven't got a sweet tooth, they may think of the gut-wrenching yet exhilarating roller coasters of Hershey Park. Touted as the “sweetest place on earth,” the streets are lined with alternating brown and silver street lights designed to look like chocolate kisses, wrapped in foil and unwrapped. But unless you're a lover of flowers, you probably haven't heard of the Hershey Rose Garden.
Having lived but a few miles from Hershey for most of my life, I was aware of the rose gardens, but like most people who live close to an attraction, I never made time to visit. It was always one of those things that I planned to do one day, but simply didn't have it on my list of priorities. The rose is my favorite flower and has been for as long as I can remember.
I'm especially attracted to the miniature ones and have purchased them for my mother almost every Mother's Day. Every time Mother's Day rolls around, I'm reminded that I still haven't made my trek to the gardens. I make my purchase and then promise myself that this will be the year I'll visit, only to become busy with some project that takes up all my time and before I realize it, the leaves are falling from the trees and I'm pulling out the winter hats and coats.
This year was different. My boyfriend decided it was time I made that visit. He started with little suggestions now and then, which I sort of heard and nodded an absent minded “uh-huh” to. Then he stepped it up to reminiscing about visits he had made so many years ago with his parents. Again, I gave the obligatory nod and mumbled response. I was always just so busy being focused on other things. Finally, he simply said he thought we should go on a particular day the coming week and me being my usual preoccupied self, nodded absentmindedly and went on about my business as usual.
The night before the chosen day, he asked me what time I wanted to leave to go over to the gardens and I realized I'd been had. I didn't want to get up early to go look at some flowers and I surely didn't want to rush around to get there. I picked early afternoon, thinking one or two hours for visiting would be plenty before heading home so I could make dinner. As it turned out, I was terribly wrong, but that comes later.
We arrived at about one in the afternoon and walked along a shaded walk lined with flowers and decorative bushes and grasses. It was very pretty and a nice hint at what may be waiting beyond the admission building. When we stepped up to the window to pay for two adult admissions, I thought my eyes were going to bug out of my head. Without a word, I handed over the $22 fee for the two of us. As we headed around the corner of the building to enter the gardens, I leaned toward Mark and told him quietly I couldn't believe we'd just paid that much money to look at a few flowers. After all, I could walk down any residential street in our neighborhood and look at them for free.
We stepped beyond the tall trees surrounding the admissions building and a whole new world was opened for me. It was breath taking! Those “few” flowers I'd been griping about only seconds before, were spread out before me in a magnificent display of wonder. 5,000 rose bushes of 275 varieties and various colors grew in perfectly placed bed after bed, row after row, all surrounding a gorgeous pond with a fabulous water fountain in the very center.
I stood there awestruck for quite a few moments, my mind furiously trying to figure out how in the world I would see all there was to see in the little bit of time I had allotted. There are over 23 acres providing a home for a marvelous collection of eleven different themed gardens, one of which is a children's garden, in addition to the Butterfly House.
Finally, I simply decided to remain within the central part of the grounds, surrounded by roses. I knew we wouldn't get to see all the other gardens, and wished I had been smart enough to begin my visit earlier so I wouldn't feel as though I had to rush to see everything. As it turned out, I was able to see the perennials garden, the Children's Garden, and the Butterfly House before we finally took our leave almost five hours later.
As one would expect with roses, there's a bit of a romantic story attached to the Hershey Rose Gardens. Milton Hershey and his wife Catherine (Kitty) lived in a mansion they named High Point, appropriately named due to its position on a rise overlooking the Hershey chocolate factory. He was 41 and she was only 26 when they married in 1898. As the story goes, Milton gave Kitty a bouquet of fresh flowers every day of their marriage, as she took great pleasure in gardens and their flowers. Milton, too, was a lover of horticulture and flowers.
Their idyllic marriage ended in 1915 when Kitty died following an extended illness. Three years later, a memorial rose garden in her honor was planted at High Point by her husband who was never to remarry. The garden and grounds had always been open to visitors from the moment the Hershey's had completed construction. Kitty had been active in adding her personal gardening touches throughout the town with plantings of flowers and trees, believing the people would enjoy their homes more if they were made “nice”.
The Hershey Rose Gardens opened in 1937 on only 3.5 acres, but there were 12,000 roses bushes to see. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the gardens, and with the celebration, the rose named for Milton S. Hershey in 1940 has been reintroduced. It was originally planted in the garden in 1941 and over the years, the number of bushes had dwindled to just six of them. As a result, budwood was sent to growers in South Carolina and Canada in time to have 20 of the bushes planted for this year. It's expected that there will be about 75 by next year, with enough in 2014 to be able to sell to visitors and flower shops.
By the time we left the gardens, I had captured more than 400 pictures of the most gorgeous flowers I've ever seen. I rushed to my computer to get them downloaded so I could look at them all over again. While I was busy with my camera and computer, Mark took to reading the garden brochure given to all visitors. We discovered, to our disappointment, that there are yearly memberships to be had. The cost is $60 per couple or $75 for families with children under the age of 18. The family membership also covers grandchildren under the age of 18. Our disappointment stemmed from the fact that had we read the brochure while we were at the gardens and decided we wanted a membership, they would have counted our admission fee toward the membership.
Mark picked up the phone on the slim chance that their membership director might cut us a break. When he reached the woman in charge of memberships, he explained what had happened and asked if they would be willing to consider the day's admission price if we came the next day to purchase a membership. Not only did she give us the discount, but she gave us more than a few days. And to make sure there was no mix up she gave Mark her name and business number, as well as emailed the folks at the admissions building to inform them of the arrangement. When we took my grandson a few days later, they not only were aware of the arrangement, but they knew us by name.
In addition to the right to view the gardens, there are many planned activities throughout the year for which both children and adults are invited without cost as a member. There is an annual reception and newsletters sent out to inform members of events and issues. My favorite perk is the one where a membership to the Hershey Gardens is reciprocated at a number of other botanical gardens across the country.
We've been to the gardens three times so far since we joined a month ago. I still have not seen everything there is to see. I can't think of any other activity or organization I've belonged to that has provided so much for the money spent. If you're coming to Hershey, The Gardens is one attraction well worth visiting, but make sure you've given yourself plenty of time to take it all in!
“The more beautiful you make something which people can see and use, the more enjoyment they will get out of it.” ~~~Milton S. Hershey
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Rose News From Around The World
Killer virus ravages rose gardens in the USA
There is no cure, experts say, so the only way to stop the attack is to dig up all infected bushes and destroy them.
Marsha Ruse of Overland Park recently removed from her garden several rosebushes that were suffering from rose rosette virus,
The symptoms include:
• Distortion and reddening of leaves.
• Uncontrolled growth of stems.
• Excessive thorn production.
Experts warn that some reddening from normal early-season growth, or herbicidal damage, could be mistaken for rose rosette.
Gardeners concerned about their rose plants can send samples to Kansas State’s plant pathology lab. To learn how to send a sample, go to www.plantpath.ksu.edu.
// Reports of a virus that attacks roses are proliferating around the Kansas City area, and experts say there is no cure.
The disease, called rose rosette, has been known throughout the Midwest for decades. But this spring, agriculture officials in Johnson and Jackson counties are hearing more reports from gardeners with sick roses.
In Overland Park, the disease has progressed enough this year that the city is planning to rip out several of its rose beds along traffic routes and at city buildings and replace them with other plants.
Sarah Patterson, the city forester, said officials didn’t know the cost yet but would tear out rose beds in at least four locations, including the intersection of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Metcalf Avenue, and at the Jack Sanders Justice Center.
“I think this is spreading more rapidly than most people realize,” she said.
Some home gardeners are being hit, too.
Marsha Ruse of Overland Park knew her roses were dying almost as soon as they bloomed this spring.
She has cared for the five rose plants for eight years, she said, and they have always been healthy. Ruse identified the reddened leaves, uncontrolled growth and excessive numbers of new thorns on her plants and knew she was going to have to destroy them.
“I’m very disappointed,” said Ruse, who volunteers with the Johnson County office of K-State Research and Extension. “The only way to do it is to dig them up and get rid of them.”
Ruse’s roses were of the Knock Out variety that has grown popular over the past decade with home gardeners, as well as commercial and municipal landscapers. Knock Outs are impervious to most diseases, but they are susceptible to rose rosette, which attacks all varieties of roses.
Experts recommend digging up and destroying infected plants. Microscopic mites, travelling on wind currents, spread the disease-causing virus as they feed on roses.
Commercial and retail landscapers said they have seen the rose disease throughout the area. Chad Gilliland, a plant care specialist with Arbor Masters, a landscaping firm in Shawnee, said he had seen more and more of the disease over the past five years.
“It seems like about every year it gets progressively worse,” he said.
Officials at the University of Missouri Extension in Jackson County have also heard more talk about rose rosette. Lala Kumar, a horticultural specialist, said he was hearing more reports of the disease this spring, and they were also coming earlier in the season. He said the disease tends to peak in June or July, but he has already taken four reports of it this year.
Laura Dickinson, master gardener coordinator at Johnson County Extension, said the county’s gardening help hotline averages two or three calls per month about rose rosette in most years. But this spring, Dickinson counts that many calls each week.
Not everyone has seen an increase in the disease, though.
Public works and parks officials in Roeland Park and Prairie Village said they had not had problems with rose rosette but were watching out for it. Kansas City’s parks department maintains 60 rose beds throughout the city that have shown no signs of the disease, said Forest Decker, superintendent of parks.
The virus occasionally appears in the municipal rose garden at Loose Park in Kansas City. Judy Penner, the director of the park, said she used a miticide — an insecticide for mites — to keep the disease in check.
Several experts warned that the disease can be spread by contaminated pruning shears and advised gardeners not to put uprooted plants in compost piles.
Raymond Cloyd, an entomologist at Kansas State University, said the disease-causing mites may have been introduced to North America before 1970 as a means of suppressing wild rose plants that were seen as a nuisance at the time.
Cloyd said using a miticide to stop the mites from spreading the disease would be only marginally effective because they burrow deep into the rose’s tissues. He recommended removing the plants and destroying them.
If the roots are completely removed, roses can grow safely in the same spot, but Johnson County Extension recommends waiting for a few weeks or until the next growing season.
THE UK IS NOT AFFECTED.
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