Now that we’ve finally had our first real snowfall of the winter, it seems like the perfect time to sit back and review plans for the upcoming 2012 Rose Season. While our rose gardens are sleepy and peaceful under a pristine layer of snow, inside Mike and I are busy contemplating future rose programs on our 2012 lecture schedule as well as planning the itinerary for our much anticipated trip to Paris.
We’ve developed two new Power Point programs for 2012. The first focuses on pesticides and garden safety. As certified American Rose Society Consulting Rosarians, we created this program to address the concerns of rose gardeners in dealing with rose garden pests. Gardeners have choices available to them regarding insects and diseases in their gardens. One choice is Integrated Pest Management – the method we follow – when deciding whether, when and how to treat garden insects and diseases. Along with IPM we also have chosen to plant sustainable rose varieties which can remain healthy and attractive without the use of pesticides at all. But we feel that gardeners should know the pros and cons of all choices available to them including the use of pesticides as well as precautions that need to be taken when using them. For instance, just because a product is labeled organic, doesn’t mean it is harmless to people or animals. So we have designed a new program called “Pesticides and Garden Safety” which we will debut at the RI Rose Society’s February meeting. This meeting is free, open to the public and all are welcome. For more information go to www.rirs.org
Our second new Power Point Program will be introduced at both the 2012 Rhode Island and Boston Flower Shows. It’s called “Anatomy of a Sustainable Rose Garden” and describes how to build a rose garden from scratch. This program provides a practical blueprint for anyone who wants a rose garden and includes everything from choosing a site, design choices, plant selection, the value of water and nutrients, proper soil, selecting the right rose varieties as well as suggestions for companion plants. This program will address the multitude of questions gardeners have when planning a rose garden. “Anatomy of a Sustainable Rose Garden” will be presented on Thursday, February 23 at 1 pm at the RI Flower Show and Saturday March 17 at 1:30 at the Boston Flower Show.
Meanwhile, while fine tuning our new rose programs and deciding which new rose varieties to plant next season, we’ve been planning our trip to Paris! Ever since we went to the Philadelphia Flower Show last year and saw the Eiffel Tower, the gargoyles of the famous French cathedrals, and all the other famous Parisian venues, we’ve been eager to explore the City of Light for ourselves. On top of our agenda is a visit to the Louvre and the Musee d’Orsay and a stroll or two down the Champs-Elysees. We’ve also planned day trips to Versailles and to Giverney – Monet’s garden. Then a river cruise on the Seine as well as a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral to admire the extraordinary stained glass Rose Window.
Meanwhile, we look forward to meeting many of you at our upcoming programs this year.
The Louvre Photo Courtesy of http://www.world-city-photos.org