Rose Month in the Lowcountry

May is a rose month in the lowcountry and it keeps me very busy this month. First we had our rose show at Johns Island library. I meant not to get involved with some of the activities of the rose society this year since I finished my four-year term as president last December. But unknowingly … Continue reading Rose Month in the Lowcountry


Which Mulch is better for roses? Pine Bark or Pine Straw?

    This article appeared in the Carolina Rosarian, Winter 2016 issue of which I was the editor. It was written by Dr. Satish Prabhu, a Master Rosarian and a Rose Show Judge of the American Rose Society.   There is not a simple one or the other kind of answer to this question. In … Continue reading Which Mulch is better for roses? Pine Bark or Pine Straw?

Tips on Buying Roses

        On a recent visit to Lowe’s, I encountered a whole shelf of bagged roses. Then the following week, a whole shipment of container roses appeared on the display areas. If you are a novice rose gardeners, you’ll wonder which roses to buy.   Buying roses should not be a great challenge. … Continue reading Tips on Buying Roses

Spring Forward to a New Rose Gardening Season

      As the weather warms up, there are certain things rose gardeners do to get ready for the season. While our fellow gardeners in the North are still hibernating, gardeners in the South are already in full swing of activities in the garden. Depending on where you are on the Hardiness Zone Map, … Continue reading Spring Forward to a New Rose Gardening Season


Why do you want to grow roses?   We grow them because of their beauty and their fragrance. Florist roses for the most part do not have fragrance. My two sons will never buy me roses for Mother's Day or my birthday or even Valentine's Day. I got See's chocolates yesterday, my favorite. They think … Continue reading WHY DO WE GROW ROSES?

Formal Rose Gardens – Part II

ELEMENTS OF A FORMAL ROSE GARDEN Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden - 2012 winner of Award of Garden Excellence from World Federation Rose Societies – NYTimes Photo   Strong Axis – Paths of some nature be it grass, pebble or other materials provide visual axes that lead to a focal … Continue reading Formal Rose Gardens – Part II