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Everything is coming up roses

Have you ever walked through a perfect rose garden on a warm summer day and imagined your garden complete with colorful aromatic blooms?

Have you tried to grow roses but somehow they didn’t look like those you had imagined?

Well, worry no more because everything is coming up roses on Tuesday at the Vidalia Branch of Concordia Parish Library. Come learn about roses for the southern garden with Trish Aleshire, the park manager at Rosedown Plantation. She will share information on the types of roses, spraying, planting, fertilizing and pruning of several of roses. She will include hybrid teas, antiques, shrubs, groundcovers, English and climbers in her discussion.

Mrs. Aleshire has a bachelor’s of science degree in horticulture from LSU. She has worked in the nursery business and managed retail nurseries in Baton Rouge and later for the wholesale nursery business. When she began to work with roses and heirloom plants, Chef John Folse offered her a job designing and overseeing the building of old-fashioned gardens on the grounds of White Oak and Bittersweet Plantations. It was during this time she began to seriously study 19th century gardening techniques and plant material.

In January of 2001 she became the horticulturist at Rosedown and began a five-year garden restoration. In 2007, she was appointed park manager and horticulturist.

Mrs. Aleshire will help take the mystery out of growing perfect roses so that you can enjoy the beauty of one of the world’s most popular flower. Join us at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Vidalia Library to welcome spring with the garden clubs of Ferriday and Vidalia who are co-sponsoring this event.

This event is free and open to the public.

Ms. Dianne Watson is a member of the Ferriday Garden Club and president-elect.

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