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Rose Garden wins achievement award

Posted 12/4/2015

Rose Garden

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s award-winning rose garden. Photo courtesy of Anne Marie Lardeau.

The Garden is maintained by Master Gardeners and Rosarians

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Southern Area Master Gardener’s Rose Garden received a certificate of achievement in the Small Garden Class at the national Pacific South West District’s 2015 Annual Convention, Sunshine ’n Roses, held in November.

The Pacific Southwest District is the largest of the 17 districts that comprise the American Rose Society. The District spans Southern California, Arizona, parts of Nevada, New Mexico and West Texas with almost 2,000 volunteer Rosarians represented by 29 local rose societies that are affiliates and chapters of the American Rose Society. The Convention, held in Mesa, AZ, was hosted by Mesa East Valley Rose Society with the assistance of other Arizona rose societies.

“The rose garden consists of 44 roses planted in eight beds,” explained Judith Kafantaris, Master Gardener and Rosarian. Rose varieties include: Hybrid Teas, Floribundas, Shrubs, Rugosas, Old Garden Roses: Damasks, Noisettes, and Miniatures. Each rose has engraved signage indicating name, variety and year of market introduction for the Old Garden Roses.

“The garden layout is of a labyrinth design,” added Kafantaris, “and anchored by four large planters containing red garden carpet roses. The entire rose garden is surrounded by African Sumac and Chaste trees.”

The garden, open M-F, is maintained by Master Gardeners and members of the South Valley Rose Society. The Rose Society and Cooperative Extension have a mutual interest in providing educational programs to the community via monthly workshops opened to the public and advertised in local newspapers.

The local South Valley Rose Society chapter, along with university-trained Master Gardeners, stands ready to help you with your questions about growing roses throughout the desert southwest. Both groups are dedicated to help you grow beautiful roses. Their wish for you is to explore and learn more about the joy of growing roses and the camaraderie it brings into your life.

For more information on Cooperative Extension’s rose garden or the Master Gardener program, email or call the Master Gardener Help Desk at 702-257-5555.

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