THE TENNESSEE ROSEBUD - Tennessee Rose Society
Page 6 TENNESSEE ROSEBUD Our Visit to The University of Tennessee Test Gardens By Dr. Joseph Spruiell, ARS Master Rosarian and Horticulture Judge, Spruiell@comcast.net On Saturday, June 5, 2010, several members of the Tennessee Rose Society took a day off from tending their own roses to see what the University of Tennessee has been doing with roses. Mark Windham, Distinguished Professor in the Ag school, agreed to serve as a tour guide to show us what is being done with respect to rose culture at UT. Everyone met on the UT Knoxville Ag campus. It was a gorgeous day and our first stop was at the Beall Family Rose Garden. This garden was a real treat; it was spectacular. It includes a wide range of rose classes and varieties and was well kept. Professor Windham explained that the Beall family has provided an endowment that supports stipends for graduate assistants who do much of the care for the garden. He also indicated that unlike the test gardens we were going to visit later, the Beall Family Garden is sprayed and given other care similar to what we might give our own gardens. If you haven’t visited this garden yet, you need to make a point to do so in the fall. This is a public garden worth the effort to visit. Next we got into our automobiles and drove to the Cumberland State Park near Crossville, TN, where we had lunch at the State Park Restaurant. The restaurant is renowned for its all-you-can-eat buffet which features seafood, pork, chicken, hot vegetables, full salad bar, and homemade desserts. All of the food was excellent, but my favorite was the banana pudding dessert. I had to go back for seconds and thirds. All in all, this was another great part of the day as everyone seemed to enjoy the food and the conversations around the lunch tables. After “pigging out” at the Cumberland State Park Restaurant we followed Professor Windham to the University of Tennessee Plateau Research and Education Center where the no-spray test gardens are located. This is one of the locations where some great research on identifying roses resistant to blackspot and cercospora leaf spot is being done by the UT team of James Mynes, Mark Windham, Alan Windham, Cecil Pounders and James Spiers. The other locations are in Jackson, TN, and Poplarville, MS. The test garden has 192 different cultivars under investigation at present. Four specimens of each variety are tested; so 768 plants are under investigation at present. New varieties to be tested from J&P, Weeks, Star, and Europe were added this spring. The main reason for existence of the garden is to find roses that will survive harsh conditions, including lack of spraying. It was a little disturbing, at first, to see many roses that were suffering from blackspot and cercospora leaf spot. But here and there we saw roses that seemed to be resistant, while experiencing the same conditions as those infected with fungus. This showed us that we could grow roses today that require little to no spraying, provided we choose the varieties wisely. And it is my firm belief that these roses need to be used more frequently in our gardens. Of course, ‘Knock Out’ was one of the roses that showed good resistance, as did several other cultivars in the shrub category. This gave us hope that someday roses in other classes might be developed that can withstand harsh conditions without spraying. If this garden helps to lead to that result, then it is job well done. However, most of us rosarians will likely continue to spray until no-spray hybrid teas and floribundas become common. For more information on the UT program on no-spray roses for the southeastern United States go to http:// soilplantandpest.utk.edu/pdffiles/gardensolutions/nosprayroses_2008.pdf DISCLAIMER The Tennessee Rose Society makes no warranty, expressed or implied, with respect to the material contained herein. The opinions expressed are those of the authors.
Summer 2010 Newsletter Roses, Roses, Roses By Mary Bates, ARS Consulting Rosarian, email@example.com Page 7 Soon fall will arrive and with it, we will begin to see catalogues for the 2011 rose growing season. Beautiful photos will cause excitement, and we will make a list of the roses we must have for next year even if the garden is already full to the brim with roses. In our parents’ and grandparents’ day, the selection of roses was limited. From the hybrid teas of the 30’s-50’s, the Hybrid Perpetuals in the 1880 and 1890’s and even back to the old garden roses and beyond, prior generations selected roses from the most up-to-date rose selections. Many varieties were passed down from generation to generation and still exist today. We are so fortunate to be able to select our roses from the widest selection in the history of the rose. Books have been filled with detailed information about how to grow roses. After reading many of them, one could determine that roses are difficult to grow; and if a recommended step in growing roses is neglected, then disaster is sure to follow. Rose growing wasn’t always so complicated. The first roses were created long before man and his cultivated gardens. Many roses survived without any care and only with the help from the birds and bees. We must remember this and relax a little. Roses are one of the easiest of all flowers to grow, but certainly the rose is not a plant that can be planted and ignored. There are basic and timeless recommendations for growing roses that have been passed down from generation to generation. 1. Choose your cultivars wisely. 2. Buy the best quality plants. 3. Roses require sunshine and open sky above. 4. Prepare and enrich the soil. 5. Use care when you plant your rose. 6. Fertilize and water regularly. 7. Prune lightly until the rose is well established. 8. Keep diseases under control. There is a rose for every garden, but often it takes a bit of reading and visiting other gardens to determine the best roses for your garden. Evaluate where you are in your rose-growing efforts. Review the basics. Determine to make next year your best rose-growing year yet. Rosarians have been doing this for generations. Getting the Most out of your Rose Society Membership By: Carolyn Noey, firstname.lastname@example.org We have added so many new members since March that this seems like a good time to review tips for getting the most out of your Tennessee Rose Society membership. If you haven’t received an email from our society, check to see if Mary Bates has your email address. She provides members with our local newsletter, The Tennessee Rosebud and KATnips, the Tenarky District Newsletter as well as other useful rose information. The society is comprised of all kinds of gardeners. Some members grow only roses while others grow roses and other types of plants. The one thing we all have in common is a love for the rose. As a result, our meetings are a great place to learn about them. I have never met a member who wasn’t willing to share his or her knowledge of roses. Members share information about planting and nurturing roses as well as selecting roses. If a member cannot answer your question, he or she will recommend someone who can answer it. There is no such thing as a dumb question. We are a volunteer society with plenty of opportunities for involvement. If you have a rose you would like to share, put it in a vase and place it on one of our tables. If you see a rose you like, ask about it. You may find a rose you would enjoy having in your garden. Come early to set up or stay late to clean up. This is a good way to meet members.