The monthly meeting of the Houston Rose Society this month is on Thursday, September 14, 2017. 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 14, 2017
    Roses Love Companions

    by Marjorie Forster, VP Programs

“Whether you have a single rose plant or a dozen, you can add flowering bulbs, perennials and creepers to enhance the beauty and experience of the garden,” says horticulturist Linda Gay, who will share her insights regarding companion plants for roses with Houston Rose Society members and guests on Thursday, September 14, at the Cherie Flores Pavilion.

Linda B. Gay graduated from Trident Technical College in Charleston, SC, with an Associate’s Degree in Horticulture in 1979, and moved to Houston that same year. In 1985, she started with Mercer Arboretum, where she spent 26 years growing plants and developing a botanic garden. Linda served as Director of Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens from 2000-2011. After retirement, she worked full time for 3 years as an Arbor Gate Plant Lady.

In 2015 Linda assisted in the development of the new McGovern Centennial Gardens in Hermann Park, sharing her knowledge and love of plants, tweaking new garden plantings and teaching staff and volunteers best management practices for the garden. She can be found at The Arbor Gate on weekends teaching classes, meeting garden friends and helping newbies pick the best plants for our area. She writes a monthly garden article for Houston House and Home (for The Arbor Gate) and “talks dirt” with Craig Cohen on Houston Matters (88.7 FM) during quarterly cameo appearances. This fall Linda will be an adjunct professor in the Horticulture Department at Houston Community College in Katy.

Get your free raffle ticket when you arrive to be eligible for door prizes supplied this month by The Arbor Gate and by NitroPhos Fertilizer. Refreshments and networking begin at 7:00; the program starts at 7:30 pm. Houston Rose Society meetings are always open to the public, and guests are welcome. Admission and parking are free. See you there!

Consulting Rosarian for September is Earl Krause. Bring him your questions.

Grand Prix continues this month. Bring your blooms. If you have not entered before, we have members who can show you what to do to enter your blooms.

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

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