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Archive for May 2nd, 2015

These Ain’t My Yard Roses!

Posted by terrepruitt on May 2, 2015

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It is 5 1/2–acres of grass and roses.  What my friend was telling me and then the ex-gardener expounded upon was that roses get tested there.  So there is an entire section of roses that don’t have names.  You will just see numbers on the placards.  Those are patent numbers.  The roses are there for three years and the rose growers see how they do.  I am sure there is a list of things they are looking for in order to qualify as a new variety.  The are probably being tested for size and color.  Also fortitude.  I am sure they don’t want a rose that will not be able to grow well.  The ex-gardener mentioned that the rose growers are getting more interested in aroma.  You might be familiar with the fact that most roses you purchase now-a-days don’t really have a scent.  It is as if they are so busy breeding HUGE colorful roses that they bred the scent right out of them.

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So it really seems that I picked an AWESOME day to go to the rose garden.  I mean, how lucky were we to run into this man who used to work there taking care of the roses.  He was so full of information and so kind to take his time to share his knowledge with us.  He even pointed out his roses.  Miles of Smiles they are called.

The rose garden is host to many events.  People take pictures for special events all the time.  There is enough grass to have a picnic or just spread out a blanket and relax.  There are also a few picnic tables.

The problem for me is after having stopped to talk to the ex-gardener I used up all my “outside-breathe-time”.  We ended up rushing through a portion of it so that we could have time to hang the flyers before I passed out from sneezing!  My allergies are very apparent this time of year.

We actually have TWO rose gardens in San Jose.  The one I recently visited is where they test the new roses and my friend was saying the other one is where they have the old variety of roses.  I will have to get to that one.

The website for the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden states that the garden has over 4,000 rose shrubs.  There are 189 varieties represented. Click here to visit the website.

Have you ever visited the Rose Garden in San Jose?  Did you know they tested roses there?

 

 

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