The monthly meeting of the Houston Rose Society this month is on Thursday, September 12, 2019. Refreshments and socializing begins at 7:00 pm and 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.

September 12, 2019
    Blackspot, Bugs, and Garden Safety
    Speaker: Dr. Allen Owings, ARS Region 7 Director

Roses thrive on loving care, which for most rosarians includes using organic or synthetic chemicals, or both, in our gardens to combat harmful insects and plant funguses such as blackspot. Join us on September 12 at the Cherie Flores Pavilion, 1500 Hermann Drive, when Dr. Allen Owings presents recommended tools, methods and products to care for your roses while protecting yourself, your family, your pets, beneficial insects, and the environment. Dr. Owings was keynote speaker for the Consulting Rosarian Seminar in Beaumont, TX in March 2019. We are honored to welcome him to the Houston Rose Society.  This program qualifies for one hour Consulting Rosarian continuing education audit credit with the American Rose Society (ARS).

Dr. Allen Owings is Professor Emeritus - Horticulture, LSU AgCenter. Dr. Owings was born and raised in Hammond, LA. He holds a BS degree (plant science) from Southeastern Louisiana University, MS degree (Horticulture) from LSU and PhD (Horticulture) from Mississippi State University. Dr. Owings retired with 26 years of service working in the LSU Department of Horticulture in Baton Rouge and as professor and resident coordinator of the Hammond Research Station in Hammond, LA. He provided statewide extension service programming for nursery growers, landscapers, garden centers and secondarily to master gardeners and home gardeners.  Dr. Owings coordinated the LSU AgCenter Louisiana Super Plant program and conducted research in the area of ornamental horticulture plant trials and evaluation programs. 

Since October 2017, Dr. Owings has been  employed as senior horticulturist at Bracy’s Nursery in Amite, LA and horticulturist at Clegg’s Nursery in Baton Rouge, LA. In this role he works in the area of new plant recommendations, social media education, horticulture outreach and customer relations. Dr. Owings  has been recognized by the Louisiana and National Agricultural County Agents Associations with their achievement award and distinguished service award. He is a life member of the Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association (where he served as executive secretary for 13 years) and Louisiana Society for Horticultural Research. Dr. Owings belongs to numerous horticulture societies in LA and across the south. He is current president of the Louisiana Chapter of the Azalea Society of America. Dr. Owings has served four terms as president of the Baton Rouge Rose Society and was the ARS Gulf District director from 2012-2018. He currently serves as ARS Region 7 director. He enjoys gardening, golf and LSU sports.

Be sure to arrive by 7 pm to take part in this month’s Beginner’s Corner, hosted by Earl and Deanna Krause, with tips for both new and experienced rosarians. Refreshments start at 7 pm, and the main program begins at 7:30.

Parking Note:  The Pavilion has agreed to mark off “Reserved” parking for us every month on the second and third rows of Lot C (at Hermann Drive and Crawford Street), so feel free to use the reserved parking area. This is another great reason to arrive early!

Bring one or more roses from your garden to participate in “Grow and Tell”. Be sure to get your free raffle ticket when you sign in. Invite a friend, and bring your favorite snack to share. See you September 12th!

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

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