America’s Rose Garden

“Roses do not bloom hurriedly; for beauty, like any masterpiece, takes time to blossom.”
Matshona Dhliwayo

The snow is melting, the birds are singing and soon we will be back to working on our own masterpieces!

Yes, spring is just around the corner making us more excited than ever to be together to talk roses on Tuesday, March 9 at 6:30 pm EST!

Our very special guest, Marilyn Wellan, serves as the Restoration Project Coordinator and will share with us the latest details on the Great Garden Restoration of America’s Rose Garden in Shreveport, Louisiana! Marilyn is a charming, gracious and knowledgeable lover of the rose and will inspire us all!

Our meetings are open to the public and always include a time of Q & A. So bring your questions as we kick off our spring season! Please contact Humberto DeLuca for Zoom sign-in link here. See you soon! (More details below.)

 

MEETING DETAILS…

TUES, MAR 9, 6:30 PM EST  / ZOOM
(Please note that the above time is EST and adjust to fit your time zone!)

SPEAKER: MARILYN WELLAN

Marilyn Wellan is a 37-year member of the American Rose Society, and served 29 of those years on its Board of Directors. She is a Past President (2003-2006), Horticulture and Arrangements Judge, Consulting Rosarian and Master Rosarian. She was awarded the ARS Gold Honor Medal in 2017, and earlier the Silver Medal and Bronze Medal. She was named a “Great Rosarian of the World” in 2009; and recognized in “Decades of Women” in 2017.

PROGRAM: GREAT GARDEN RESTORATION OF AMERICA’S ROSE GARDEN

In early 2017, a five-year Master Plan was approved by the American Rose Center Committee and the ARS Board of Directors which set the path for the Great Garden Restoration, and for success in the future. The plan outlined these major Immediate Goals: 1) consolidation of the many gardens into a “core garden” with visual impact; 2) clearing of many trees; 3) deer fencing; 4) new walkways; 5) soil testing and amending; 6) creating an exciting new design for the gardens (see above image).

By the end of the year 2018, the Immediate Goals of the Master Plan had been achieved; $570,000 was raised in cash, services, in-kind gifts and pledges. The Great Garden Restoration Project is well underway, and promises to create a garden that is a major attraction for visitors from around the world, is visitor-friendly, reduces maintenance, is respectful of the environment, is educational in nature, and that is capable of increasing earned revenue to support the gardens. Images and additional garden information here.

The Shanley Delvecchio Pavilion and reflecting pool provide a beautiful entrance to the garden.

 

 

Don’t Fear – Spring is Near!

by John Hefner, February 2021

Since Ground Hog Day, we have been experiencing a colder than average weather pattern. The cold weather pattern is due to a negative reading of the Arctic Oscillation. When the Arctic Oscillation is positive, the jet stream stays north which keeps the frigid temperatures in Canada. Our recent colder than average temperatures are due to the Arctic Oscillation moving further south. In laymen’s terms, the weather is colder than we like and we would like for our Canadian neighbors to keep the frigid air. Unfortunately, the forecast calls for below average temperatures for the remainder of February plus our first significant snow fall which could bring us up to 10 inches of snow. Remember that January was much warmer than average, so we probably should not complain about a few cold snowy days. I did read that the Midwest spring weather prediction is well above normal. This is a bit of encouraging and good news!

How does all the weather-related information affect our roses? If good cultural practices have been established, a cold weather pattern should not be a real concern. We may need to review some recommended practices that hopefully were put into place last growing season will contribute to good winter survival.

SUGGESTIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

1. Healthy plants free of disease will winter well.

2. Established plants have an advantage over newly planted ones due to a more established root system.

3. If winter protection is not used, plan to plant the bud union below ground level, approximately two inches or more.

4. Old Garden and most Shrubs roses generally have more winter hardiness.

5. Most Hybrid Teas need some form of winter protection such as mounding the plant with mulch or leaves.

6. Many Miniatures and Mini Floras are grown on their own roots which provide some additional winter hardiness. More tender varieties need extra protection and maybe a location from prevailing winter winds.

7. Experienced growers and consulting rosarians are always available to assist in varieties recommended for our location.

Even though we may not like snow, it does however provide insulation. If we have significant snow cover and if you so desire, you can shovel snow on your plants to provide additional protection.

So, what are the present concerns and how they relate to our rose plants?

It is more desirable to have consistent low temperatures rather than fluctuating temperatures. Roses will endure a few below zero temperatures, however, my concern would be temperatures that would reach a low of 10 below zero or lower. Many experienced rose growers have stated that more plants are lost in March than January. This is due to changes in temperatures that sometimes signal the plant to start growing and then additional freezing weather arrives.

In closing, we should all be reminded that our beloved rose plants are tough, and they will endure many challenges just as the people who grow them.

Don’t Fear – Spring is Near!

ROSES: GET THEM WHILE THEY LAST!

Rose Sale Chairman, Kim Chmielewski, tells us that roses are flying off the shelves! Here is the list of roses still available.

CURRENT ROSE INVENTORY . . .

Roses at $25 each:

  • 2 Arctic Blue Floribunda
  • 1 Quicksilver lavender Climber
  • 1 Perfume Factory magenta plum Hybrid Tea
  • 1 Petit Pink OSO Happy Shrub Rose
  • 1 Savannah Sunbelt salmon pink Hybrid Tea
  • 4 Stiletto deep pink Hybrid Tea
  • 3 Scentuous fragrant pink Shrub Rose
  • 3 Watercolors Home Run pink/yellow/gold Shrub Rose
  • 5 White Out white Knockout Rose

David Austins at $30 each:

  • 3 Carding Mill, shades of pink/yellow/apricot
  • 4 The Lady Gardener, apricot smaller 2.5 x 3.5
  • 3  Golden Celebration ,deep golden yellow
  • 2 Tess of the d’Urbervilles, crimson red short Climber

ORDERING

Download our newsletter with the link below to find images of roses and additional details on ordering and pickup.

2020 Dec-2021 Jan Indianapolis RS Newsletter.pdf

Editor’s note: All look beautiful, but I can speak from experience to a few of these. I have SCENTUOUS, SAVANNAH, PETIT PINK and THE LADY GARDENER and HIGHLY recommend them. DON’T WAIT!

 

COMING SOON! JOIN US!

Last night Carrie Bergs was our speaker and there were 35 in attendance! It was a wonderful program on Old Garden Roses she calls her Pink Ladies. Even though we were on Zoom, I could “feel” the lists being made! “I want this one and this one and this one!” 😉📝🌹 Thank you Carrie! The program was fabulous.

Below are the programs coming up. Our meetings are open to the public so you are invited! Please contact Humberto for the program links HERE.

TUES, MAR 9, 6:30 PM  / ZOOM

SPEAKER: MARILYN WELLAN
Marilyn Wellan is a 37-year member of the American Rose Society, and served 29 of those years on its Board of Directors. She is a Past President (2003-2006), Horticulture and Arrangements Judge, Consulting Rosarian and Master Rosarian. She was awarded the ARS Gold Honor Medal in 2017, and earlier the Silver Medal and Bronze Medal. She was named a “Great Rosarian of the World” in 2009; and recognized in “Decades of Women” in 2017.

PROGRAM: GREAT GARDEN RESTORATION OF AMERICA’S ROSE GARDEN

In early 2017, a five-year Master Plan was approved by the American Rose Center Committee and the ARS Board of Directors which set the path for the Great Garden Restoration, and for success in the future. The plan outlined these major Immediate Goals: 1) consolidation of the many gardens into a “core garden” with visual impact; 2) clearing of many trees; 3) deer fencing; 4) new walkways; 5) soil testing and amending; 6) creating an exciting new design for the gardens (see above image).

By the end of the year 2018, the Immediate Goals of the Master Plan had been achieved; $570,000 was raised in cash, services, in-kind gifts and pledges. The Great Garden Restoration Project is well underway, and promises to create a garden that is a major attraction for visitors from around the world, is visitor-friendly, reduces maintenance, is respectful of the environment, is educational in nature, and that is capable of increasing earned revenue to support the gardens. Images and additional information here.

TUES, APRIL 13, 6:30 PM / ZOOM MEETING

SPEAKER: DIANE SOMMERS
Diane currently serves as the Vice President of the American Rose Society. Diane will be installed as President at the Cream City Roses Convention in Wisconsin in September and you are invited to attend. Details here.

About Diane’s garden…

Diane’s garden is a collage of color and rose varieties, currently holding about 150 varieties. She likes to have a lot of color and bloom all summer long, so she has been adding more floribundas and shrub roses lately, while still maintaining a good selection of hybrid teas for exhibiting. Six years ago, she moved into a new home and the rose garden had to start over.  Starting over is a lot more work than she ever imagined and there are many days she wishes she had the soil and roses from years ago! She is fortunate to have a lot of room and plans on adding 20 – 30 roses each year. Other plans for the garden are learning about other plants to enhance the gardens, and controlling the darn deer.

PROGRAM: DRY WRAPPING ROSES.

Have you ever admired a rose in your garden and wished that it could have waited a few days or weeks to bloom? Drywrapping is one technique that you can use to store your rose without water, rehydrating at a future date. This technique is simple to do with many different varieties.  The arrangement pictured here won the 2016 ARS National Arrangement Trophy with the rose “Joy”, where many of the blooms were cut two to three weeks earlier.  In this program we will discuss the steps to successful Drywrapping.

 

MEMBERSHIP!

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Membership is open to anyone interested in roses. 

Once you are a member, you will receive regular emails that include the latest rose news, info on rose care and products as well as what is happening!

Membership is open to anyone interested in roses.
Membership: $20

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Our meetings are open to the public and guests are always welcome!

Check back to our website as our board is busy working on additional plans for 2021!

Be well and safe and we will see you online!