|Wielding those all-important pruners|
President Ronald Reagan signed a resolution into law on October 7, 1986 naming the rose as the “national floral emblem” of the United States. Redington said one of her dream goals is to “plant a rose bush next to the American flag at libraries” and other public buildings in our area.
|Red rose in full bloom Photo by Peggy Greb, courtesy|
USDA Agricultural Research Service Image Gallery
According to Eric Cech in an Ezine Article, it's estimated that 150 million plants are purchased annually by gardeners worldwide every year and roses dominate the world's cut flower market.
“The first thing I planted …was a rose,” said Rebecca Keller, Chambersburg, who moved to the area recently.
Sylvia Kremp, Chambersburg, asked “What is the difference between the varieties of roses?” Redington and son Jim talked about the types such as old garden, English roses, miniature, hybrid teas, mini-flora, shrub, and grandiflora roses.
|Jim Redington shows the size of a mini-floral rose|
“I have a Joseph’s Coat rose,” said Judy Scriptunas, Chambersburg, noting that she is interested in knowing more about how to care for it.
|Nancy demonstrates correct pruning method|
|Nancy Redington prunes a tree rose while son Jim watches|
|Nancy and Starbuck prune a miniature rose|
|Dawn Stinson and LuAnn Munson prune a hybrid tea rose|
Learn more about roses
Penn State Extension: Roses- The Queen of the Flowers
Penn State Extension: Rose Disease
American Rose Society
Rogers Roses: Roger Phillips Rose ID Site (58,000 pictures)
Lilly's Rose Garden: Fun Facts About Roses