The monthly meeting of the Houston Rose Society this month is on Thursday, October 13, 2016. The meeting begins at 7:30 pm at the Cherie Flores Pavilion at the north end of Hermann Park. Admission is free. The public is welcome.

October 13, 2016
    Cuttings Made Easy
    Featuring Patsy Williams

We have all wished that we had a particular rose (like the one from a family site – a home, or a cemetery) but we didn’t know the variety. Well, it isn’t necessary to dig into the history of the rose in question to see if one can be found and purchased, not if the rose is still growing in its original site. All it takes is the knowledge of how to successfully take a cutting, and this month’s speaker is an expert in taking and growing cuttings.

Patsy Williams has put almost 80% of the roses in her garden on Fortuniana rootstock. And she will show you how to treat a cutting that you take from the old home place and give it the best chance of growing into a plant that you can be proud of and even pass along to your children or neighbors.

Patsy has been growing roses since moving to Houston in early 1967. Her garden includes almost 500 bushes of all types – Hybrid Teas, Grandifloras, Floribundas, Miniatures, Mini-floras, Shrubs, Climbers, and Old Garden Roses. She has been starting own-root cuttings for about 35 years, and has been grafting cuttings onto Fortuniana for almost 23 of those years. She has a special technique that provides a nearly 100% take, and will share the particulars with us. Bring a notepad!

Patsy is a native of NW Louisiana, is a Life Member of the American Rose Society, a Horticulture Judge, a Master Rosarian, the recipient of the Bronze Award, a Past President of the Houston Rose Society, and she has been a member of our Society for the last 46 years.

Consulting Rosarian:
Deanna Krause
is the consulting Rosarian this month. Bring her your questions.

Grand Prix continues this month. Bring your blooms

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

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