The gardens are winterized, tools cleaned, and everything else stored away until spring. The 2012 season is officially over just in time to post our 2013 lecture and workshop schedule. (Look for the complete schedule here on the blog on its own page listed above the masthead as well as on our website, www.rosesolutions.net ). While we always enjoy the 4-month break from garden duties, we always welcome a new season of lecturing throughout New England and beyond making new friends and visiting old pals.
In 2013, we return to the Rhode Island Spring Flower & Garden Show in February where we will present the program “David Austin’s English Roses for New England Gardens.” And in March we again travel north to the Boston Flower & Garden Show with a new program, “Discovering Sustainable Roses,” developed to match the show’s theme, Seeds of Change.
In late March we head over to Windsor Connecticut to present a lecture titled “Pesticides and Garden Safety” to the American Rose Society’s Yankee District’s Consulting Rosarian School. This began as a special one-off presentation we created last year for a group, explaining, in layman’s language, garden pesticides and how to safely employ them. (At the end of the lecture we make a persuasive case for avoiding pesticides completely and planting sustainable varieties instead.)
The following day we speak twice on “Selecting Sustainable Roses” at the Connecticut Master Gardeners Symposium in Manchester.
Then in April, we lead a 2-hour workshop called “Rose Gardening Made Easy” for the Barrington (RI) Community School. This program covers rose gardening from soup to nuts and demonstrates how easy growing roses can be.
In June, you will find us at the Rhode Island Rose Society’s 15th Annual Rose Show in Wickford, RI, presenting an abbreviated version of our most popular program, “Rosology 101.”
In between all of these events we have accepted a host of invitations to speak to garden clubs and other organizations throughout New England. At each event we bring copies of our book, Roses for New England: A Guide to Sustainable Rose Gardening to sign at the end of the program.
Check out our schedule for specific dates, times and locations as well as additions to the schedule as the year goes on. We’ll be on the lookout for you.