City Cemetery Board sponsors lecture on antique roses

Published 9:06 am Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Maureen Detweiler, one of the three founders of the New Orleans Old Garden Rose Society, will present “Old Roses of the Natchez City Cemetery — Past, Present and Future” at 11:30 a.m. Monday in the Queen’s Room at the Carriage House restaurant.

The Natchez City Cemetery Board is sponsoring the program, and the public is invited to attend.

Along with the lecture is a dutch-treat luncheon at $12 per person. Reservations are available at 601-445-5151.

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The program will include slides of the roses in the City Cemetery Detweiler has taken over many years, including some roses that no longer grow there.

She will relate stories about the roses and their folklore.

Detweiler is an appointed member of the American Rose Society Old Garden Rose and Shrub Committee as well as the Library Advisory Committee.

She is a trustee of the board of directors of the Heritage Rose Foundation and has served as editor-in-chief of the Old Garden Rose and Shrub Journal, an international publication of the American Rose Society.

Detweiler teaches workshops and gives illustrated presentations on roses at the New Orleans Botanical Garden and for many plant societies and civic groups.

She was chairman of the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Garden in the New Orleans Botanical Garden in 2003.

Detweiler is a native and lifelong resident of New Orleans, where she lives with her husband, Bill.