All About the Next Meeting of The Houston Rose Society

by Baxter Williams, Program Chairman

The monthly meeting of the Houston Rose Society this month is on Thursday, April 10, 2014. The meeting begins at 7:30 pm at our meeting place at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 1819 Heights Blvd. Admission is free. The public is welcome.

April 10, 2014
    Hybridizing Roses -
    A Child Can Do It, and So Can You!

April is the best time to get started with hybridizing, as efforts made with first bloom roses will yield the best results. Mary Fulgham will show us how to cross-pollinate for hybridization, using the method she taught her daughter, Ivy Keen, who went on to create over fifty of her own rose cultivars. Ivy began hybridizing around 6 years old, and now she is in college.

Mary is an American Rose Society Master Rosarian. In the past, she has served as the Houston Rose Society’s Consulting Rosarian Chair. Mary is also First Chair Violist for the Houston Ballet Orchestra. Mary and her husband Randy Keen grow around 300 roses on their Bellaire lot and have been active members of the Houston Rose Society since 1978. They are greatly assisted by Mary’s Mom, Geneva Fulgham, who tames the terrible weeds every spring.

Come, and see how this “child’s play” can become one of the most fascinating parts of our wonderful hobby.

Consulting Rosarian: Donald Burger is the consulting Rosarian this month.   Bring your rose questions.

April Rose Parade: Bring your rose blooms, in their own container, to share with us. Note the variety and name of the rose. Door Prizes: We’ll have rose bushes to give away.

To read about past programs of the Houston Rose Society, click here.

For directions to the HRS Meeting Place at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in the Heights, click here.

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