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This page is updated from time to time to let you know what's up in the garden. 

Mel Hulse, Garden Maintenance Director

Garden Report, Early Fall 2001 

The cool weather reported last time has continued through the month of September with only a slight rise in the first days of October.  The result has been a continuous bloom with no mid-summer dead spot.  In spite of the continued bloom, we volunteers have had to make a difficult decision.  We have never been able to post-bloom prune the once blooming Old Garden Roses.  With the American Rose Society National Convention featuring the Heritage in late April, 2002, "The Year of the Rose," we want to give these wonderful old roses the best chance for a great show.  Thus, we have stopped deadheading and started pruning the once blooming Old Garden Roses.

Planting. Only a couple of roses were planted this period, though a number are being grown in Mel's yard for both the Santa Clara University fence and the main garden.

Irrigation. Only a couple of beds are left to complete for our Irrigation Renewal Project.  We have not yet solved the squirrel problem of eating into the hoses to get water, but several measures are beginning to reduce the damage. 

Events. Saturday, October 6th, we will be selling duplicates of rare roses we have grown for the main garden and the SCU Fence.  Come down between 9am and 3pm for a chance to own wonderful roses at a low price.  Proceeds benefit Heritage signage.

Another reminder to mark your calendars for Saturday, April 29th 2002, the "Year of the Rose," for our annual "Spring in Guadalupe Gardens" festival. It includes plant and garden equipment sales and tours of the gardens. This next event will be held in conjunction with the American Rose Society's Spring National Convention.

Signage. Work is complete on permanent plaques for the European old garden roses section and has started on the reblooming old garden roses section. We are working on a project to supplement the permanent signage with plastic labels so that every rose will be labeled for the convention.

Catalog. Our year 2001 catalog is available in the garden on workdays, at the garden center and by mail. E-mail MelHulse@PacBell.Net for details.

Peak Bloom. There is always bloom to see at The Heritage. The first big show of the year is at the end of March when the old China and Tea roses produce a glorious bloom. The peak Spring modern rose flush is the end of April. Old Garden Roses peak about two weeks later and Polyanthas and Miniatures, a week after that. The peak Fall flush is mid-October.

Garden Center Staffing. There is now someone at the Garden Center from 9am-5pm, Monday - Friday. You can call with questions about the Heritage and other elements of the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens. Phone: 408-298-7657. If you get the answering machine, staff is probably out in the garden. Leave a message including your interest and they will return your call ASAP.

Rose Sales. I continue to get requests to buy roses. Other than the above, we neither sell nor custom propagate our roses. Nurseries that do are found on the links page

Mel Hulse, October 2, 2001

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Links to past status pages:

Spring 2001

Winter 2001

Late Fall 2000

Fall 2000

Spring 2000

Late Winter 2000

Early Winter 2000

Fall 1999 Status

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This page was last updated on 02/27/06.

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