Hark! The roses are calling…

Please note: our Dirt Day for April 7th has been cancelled due to heavy rain and flooding. Our next scheduled date is Sunday, June 15th. 
Next Saturday, April 7th will be our first Dirt Day of 2018. I am very excited to have your help in continuing our work.
The rose adoptions project was very successful last year. On March 1st, just one month ago, we sent more that 250 roses on a truck bound for Southern California and the California Coastal Rose Society, a group that has dedicated itself to preserving roses for generations to come. They agreed last summer to adopt our entire Hybrid Tea collection. This winter we were able to pass to them all of the roses that we had growing in containers. In May we’ll begin rooting varieties from the garden that did not go to them.

This project underlined the massive amount of work we have in caring for several thousand roses in pots. Enlisting others to care for them makes our work here much easier, and fewer roses will suffer and be lost because we cannot care for them well.

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The Old Rose Garden in Renovation
Our first work will be to apply organic fertilizers and compost to the pots that we have cleaned in the container collection. It’s a job we can do without getting very dirty, or very wet if the predicted light showers actually happen on Saturday. Good news it that it will be cool for our work.
We begin at 10 am, so do try to be early. Parking is a bit tight, but we always make it work.
You’ll want to bring a lunch; we stop at 1 pm and eat on the deck or in the house. Coffee will be ready for those who wish when you arrive.
A few tools will be useful:
Hand pruners
Garden shoes and clothes
Kneelers for those who are helping to weed
I can’t wait to see you on Saturday!
PLEASE PLEASE email me to confirm you plan to come. It helps me to be prepared for the tasks. volunteercoordinator@thefriendsofvintageroses.org
Your friend and rose curator,
Gregg Lowery
PS: before we begin I’ll show you our amazing progress on the old rose garden. We have been planting like crazy!