SAN JOSE HERITAGE ROSE GARDEN
Here's What's Going On in the Garden
This page will be updated from time to time to let you know what's up
in the garden.
October 1998 Status:
Fall is coming to the garden with day time temperatures in the 70s
and nights in the high 40s. Blooms are magnificent, larger than in the summer. Teas are
particularly splendid. The OGRs and Rugosas have set varied and colorful hips. The garden
will stay that way until month's end and later. We have stopped deadheading and stopped
budding standards in place. By the way, the 10' weeping standard has taken!
Donations. Thanks to Regan's Nursery for around 25 English
Roses to help fill out our collection.
Volunteers. Help continues to improve as we gain one or two
new helpers a week. I have selected Bracey Tiede as my assistant and others are near that
status. This Saturday (Oct 10), we had help from 100 members of the Alpha Phi Omega
service fraternity from the Univ. of California who pounded stakes, mulched, cut suckers,
planted roses and other cleanup work. We hope they will return during pruning time. The
Saturday before, Community Impact, a local service organization, gave the garden 5 hours
of 40 volunteers to plant roses and clear suckers. This was the fifth help day this great
organization has given the garden.
|Winter pruning. Pruning lessons for the public start Saturday, November 7th.
Lessons will start at 9:00am, after an explanation of pruning techniques for the mid
California area. |
Students who bring their shears can have them sharpened free. Following the
lecture and demonstration, student pruners will be given an opportunity for supervised
practice. This builds skills and confidence and gets the garden pruned. From that day on,
pruning lessons will continue at 9:00am on each Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday until
completed in late February.If you want free pruning lessons and shear sharpening come to
the center of the garden on pruning days. Bring hand by-pass shears, gloves, loppers and a
hat if you have them. We have a limited number of gloves, shears and loppers if you don't
have them. For info, call the Garden Center at 408-298-7657.
Experienced rosarians are needed to help supervise students pruners. Tom Liggett
will conduct a pruning clinic for experienced pruners to be held on Saturday, October
24th. All classes of reblooming roses will be covered.
Planting. From time to time during the next few months, we
will be working on planting the roses held at Tom Liggett's and at Vintage Gardens
nurseries. In addition, we will acquire 200 cuttings of 'Manettii' understock to stick in
empty spaces in the garden. These will be budded in the summer for new varieties, 'de la
Grifferaei' standard stock and varieties overrun by understock suckering.
Signage. We are zeroing in on a new approach to
identification of each rose. The original stakes are wearing out and the metal stake based
plaques are too expensive and time consuming to make to get the job done in a hurry. A
quicker and cheaper approach is under consideration that will get the job done sooner.
More as we decide the specific answer. The goal is good signage by the ARS convention in
San Jose in the spring of 2002 and acceptable interim signage until then.
|Volunteer days. We are now concentrating on Wednesdays and
Saturdays from 9 - 12. As pruning time arrives, we will have to add Sunday 9 - 12 to get
done. For info, call the Garden Center at 408-298-7657. Especially needed are
knowledgeable rosarians that can take supervisory responsibility for work days.|
Note. I have been getting a number of email requests to buy roses. We do not sell
roses. Nurseries who do are found on the links page.
Mel Hulse, September 13, 1998
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