SAN JOSE HERITAGE ROSE GARDEN
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Mel Hulse, Garden Maintenance Director
Garden Report, Winter 2001
The peak Spring modern rose flush is the end of April. Old Garden Roses peak about two weeks later. The peak Fall flush is mid-October. The garden is gaining speed working toward the Spring flush.
Pruning and Fertilizing. We completed winter pruning this year thanks to great volunteers and the Royal National Rose Society method which speeded the process. We just removed hips from the reblooming European Old Garden Roses as we pruned them rather heavily last year. We fertilized in late January with slow release fertilizer. The garden was almost completed in one morning thanks to volunteers from Community Impact.
Planting. We planted 90 roses we grew at Vintage Gardens. Sixty of these were planted in December on the Santa Clara University fence Climbing Roses Annex. These run the totals on the fence to about 160 out of the eventual 250.The rest were planted in the main garden. We have many more at Vintage to be retrieved and planted in April. I grew several bushe to replace sick plants in the main garden and 9 standards that replace some bushes to make room for additional varieties.
Irrigation. The Irrigation renewal project continues to make good progress. John Rizzi completed over one-half of the beds and then broke his leg in an accident out of town. Other volunteers are picking up the slack. We received grant money from San Jose Beautiful, a city program, that paid for the material to finish the garden.
Signage. All of the plaques for roses located in their permanent locations in the Modern Roses section are placed. Work is well along on the European old garden roses section. We continue to receive generous donations into the signage fund, thank you. The main garden sign has been repainted and looks better than ever.
Events. Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 28th for our annual "Spring in Guadalupe Gardens" festival. It includes plant and garden equipment sales and tours of the gardens.
The Virtual Rose Society's "Rose Weekend" was such a success that a number of cyberosarians have expressed interest in doing it again the weekend of May 19th. Planning is in progress.
Catalog. Our year 2001 catalog will be available at "Spring in Guadalupe Gardens" and after that, in the garden on workdays, at the garden center and by mail. E-mail MelHulse@PacBell.Net for details.
Rose sales. I continue to
get requests to buy roses. We neither sell nor custom propagate our roses.
do are found on the
page. An exception, In
growing roses for the garden we start several to have a high probability of a
take. A large number of the duplicates will be available for sale at
"Spring in Guadalupe Gardens." We also hope to have space to sell
duplicates at the "Celebration of Old Roses" in El Cerrito, north of
Berkeley, on May 20th.
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This page was last updated on 02/27/06.