The monthly meeting of the Houston Rose Society this month is on Thursday, February 8, 2018. 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.

February 8, 2018
    Better Pruning for Better Blooming

    by Marjorie Forster, VP Programs

It’s time for our annual Pruning Demonstration! Come and watch “up close and personal” on February 8, as HRS experts prune roses of all varieties and types. Pruning tables are placed so you will have the best view, and questions are encouraged. All pruned bushes will be given away as door prizes!

Master Rosarians will show you how to assess each rose bush to know where to make the cuts, how much to prune, and what equipment to use. Pruning stations will include: Hybrid Teas – Baxter & Patsy Williams; Grandifloras and Shrubs – James & Debbie Laperouse;Floribundas – Mary Fulgham & Randy Keen; Miniatures and Mini Floras – Earl & Deanna Krause;Climbers and Old Garden Roses – Donald Burger & Maria Trevino.

To donate to the raffle, bring a rose or two from your garden that you are ready to replace. Just dig up the roses, put the roots in a bag with some extra soil, add a little water, and label them with the variety and color (or whatever information you have). Don’t have any roses you can part with? No problem! There are always plenty. Just get your free raffle ticket when you arrive, and plan to give a pruned rose a new home.

Networking and refreshments begin at 7:00; the program starts at 7:30 pm. Meetings take place the second Thursday of each month at the Cherie Flores Pavilion, 1500 Hermann Drive, Houston TX 77004. Parking is free in Lot C, at Hermann Drive and Crawford Street. Bring your favorite snack to share.

This is a great time to invite a friend who loves roses. Admission is free, meetings are open to the public, and guests are always welcome.

Because of the nature of this meeting, the pruners will all be acting as Consulting Rosarians this month.

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

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