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Donna and Frank Dublo of the Pinellas Rose Society invite you to the next meeting of the group on May 23.
CLEARWATER - Just a little knowledge is all you need to grow roses in sunny beds in the yard or in containers on the patio, advises Frank Dublo of the Pinellas Rose Society. Where can you get that knowledge, you ask? The best source is a rose society, according to Dublo. Members of the Pinellas organization, which has been "blooming" for the past 44 years, are always happy to assist beginning gardeners, he advised at the recent Art & Floral Design Show at the Largo Community Center.
The Pinellas Rose Society usually meets the fourth Wednesday of the month (except June, July, August and December) at the Clearwater East Library, 2251 Drew Street. An exception is the November meeting, which is held on the third Wednesday. A holiday party in December and a picnic in June take the place of regularly scheduled meetings during those months. The next meeting of the group is scheduled at 7 p.m. on May 23. Each meeting includes a short business meeting followed by an educational program presented by Consulting Rosarians and other knowledgeable individuals. Consulting Rosarians are members who have been certified by the American Rose Society. Some of the recent programs focused on planting and pruning roses, spraying for fungus and insects, how to exhibit in a rose show and irrigation systems.
The non-profit organization, which is affiliated with the American Rose Society and ARS Deep South District, has published a handbook covering all aspects of growing roses. It also publishes a newletter 10 times a year for distribution to its membership. Included are articles which are helpful to both beginner and experienced rose growers.
Are you interested in creating a beautiful garden for enjoyment of family and friends? Or would you like to produce cut roses to beautify the home? Perhaps your aim would be to grow winning roses and participate in local rose shows. Are you aware the best times to plant roses in Florida are spring and fall? Did you know roses need six to eight hours of sun each day? These are examples of what you need to know to produce a successful garden. There's much more you can learn by joining the society.
Yearly membership cost is $20 per household. For more information, you may call (727) 343-2572.
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