Growing roses lecture in DeFuniak Springs May 11

April 26, 2016

masterlogoThe Great American Lecture Series – Easy Care Roses for the Lower South

The Walton County Master Gardeners continue their Great American Garden Lecture Series on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.  The program will be held from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the UF/IFAS Walton Extension Office located at 732 N 9th Street in DeFuniak Springs, next to the fairgrounds.

Most roses are not suited for the north Florida climate due to disease pressure, heat and humidity. Only a handful of roses thrive in this area, particularly the old Tea and China roses from the 19th Century and some newer disease resistant shrub roses. These roses have enough disease resistance to grow in our climate without regular spraying. You will learn which varieties to plant and how to grow your roses into a successful garden.  Matt Orwat, Horticulture Agent from Washington County, will speak about his favorites and how to purchase roses for your garden.

These lectures are free and open to the public, however seating is limited, and reservations are required.  Please contact Cheryl at 850-892-8172 or by the Monday before to save your seat.  Light refreshments will be served and Master Gardeners will be on hand to take gardening questions.  This is a service of University of Florida/IFAS Extension and Master Gardeners.  Soil testing supplies and instruction will be available.  Master Gardeners are on duty at this location Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM until noon.  Stop by or give us a call 850-892-8172.