The monthly meeting of the Houston Rose Society this month is on Thursday, June 9, 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.

June 9, 2016
    The Yard Geek among Us
    Featuring Bob Patterson

Our speaker this month is Houston’s “Yard Geek,” Bob Patterson, owner of Southwest Fertilizer, located at 5828 Bissonnet in Southwest Houston, which for years has been a strong supporter of the Houston Rose Society. He has managed the store since 1989, and purchased the store in December 2008. Bob grew up in Houston, graduating from Sharpstown High School in 1973, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Houston. Bob is active in the community, where he serves on boards of several organizations and speaks to over one hundred garden, civic and church groups all across the Houston area.

For those who want to find out what is the latest and greatest in rose horticulture, SW Fertilizer has long been the place to go. Bob has made sure that his staff is knowledgeable, and that the shelves are filled with products that make gardening easier.

To maintain the health of our rose bushes, most of us find it necessary to apply fungicides, both curative and preventive. Bob will be showing us various sprayers, from simple types to advanced ones, and will discuss their proper use and maintenance. Garden safety is always an important matter, and he will give us valuable tips to prevent injuries as we use our equipment and tools. He will also share his knowledge of which products work best and which ones are popular with the consulting rosarians in Houston. Don’t miss this talk.

Consulting Rosarian
James Laperouse is the consulting rosarian this month. Bring him your questions.

The Grand Prix and Faux Grand Prix continue this month. Bring your roses. And if you want to learn how to show roses, come early and learn with blooms that will be available for you to use.

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

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