Did you ever wish you knew the secret to growing roses successfully? Today, with so many beautiful varieties of roses available, do you ever wish you knew more about how to select and care for them?
On Oct. 21, the Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum invites guests to learn all about it with renowned rosarian Stephen Scanniello. He will discuss an upcoming rose garden renewal project at the museum property that will begin this fall at 9 a.m.
Learn the best practices — from the soil up — that should be incorporated into creating a beautiful, responsible and sustainable rose garden. He has extensive experience working with nurseries and small growers, who are continually offering new varieties. Innovations in rose varieties have made growing them easier, even if you are adverse to chemical use.
Scanniello is currently the curator of the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden, rosarian of the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden in Hartford, Connecticut, and president of the Heritage Rose Foundation.
"Stephen’s expertise and knowledge of 'all things roses' make him the ideal rosarian to guide the museum’s garden renewal undertaking," a press release states.
The cost of the program is $20 for members; $25 for non-members. Registration is required; www. rjdmuseum or 508-997-1401.
Following his presentation, guests will gather in the garden for some hands-on tips and the opportunity to “adopt” RJD rosebushes. Bring a shovel and some buckets or burlap and take home a new bedmate or two (for your garden); single roses $10; $5 for two or more.