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A Rose... - Aug 12, 2010

Julia Child floribunda rosa

by Mark Konlock, Director of Horticulture, Green Bay Botanical Garden

“Rose, oh pure contradiction, delight of being no one’s sleep under so many lids.”
- Rainer Marie Rilke

No other flower says flower like a rose!  There are so many different types -  hybrid teas, floribundas, grandifloras, shrubs, climbers, etc.  Our collection here at Green Bay Botanical Garden includes over 800 plants of 155 different species and cultivars.  With so many plants to choose from, one might have a hard time picking.  One good place to investigate is the All-America Rose Selection website .  This site has information on regional greats as well as plants that have performed well throughout the country.

Shrub roses are popular due to their disease and insect resistance as well as their cold hardiness and floriferous nature.  Local landscapers and greenhouses carry a wide variety of these roses that thrive in our zones.  Here at the Garden, the Easy Elegance collection from Bailey Nurseries has performed well .  We especially love Sweet Fragrance with its warm, apricot color and fragrant flowers.

So come on out and smell the roses!  Visiting the Garden and noting which roses you like is a great way to find out what will work in your home oasis.  Or you can just visit our babies and then go home and relax!

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