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Enjoy blooms and educational displays on September 28-29.

Roses Bring Fragrance and Color to Botanic Garden

Detail of a rose in the Botanic Garden. Photo courtesy of Gilbert Nelson.

September 25, 2013

Roses shine this weekend at the Botanic Garden during the Rose Exhibition on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29 in the Education Building. The Botanic Garden and Albuquerque Rose Society invite you to enjoy dozens of colorful rose arrangements, talk with experts and learn great gardening tips.

The Rose Doctor will be in, so rose gardeners can bring pictures of problem plants or pests for diagnosis. Rosarians will share tips and tricks for growing beautiful roses in the desert and identify which roses do best in Albuquerque. They will also provide handouts about caring for plants and extending the life of bouquets. No admission is required to attend the Rose Exhibition in the Education Building. (Regular admission rates apply for a visit to the Botanic Garden.)

"Roses are always guest favorites," said Catherine Hubbard, Botanic Garden Manager. "The Rose Society brings a riot of colors and a host of expertise for this show. As an added bonus, the Botanic Garden Education Building will have an amazing fragrance all weekend long."

Guests can learn more about the Rose Society. Members enjoy monthly gatherings, maintain gardens (including the 1200+ roses at the Tony Hillerman Library), give free pruning demonstrations and produce calendars that provide monthly advice about growing roses in New Mexico.

After the show, be sure to visit the Botanic Garden’s rose collections in the Old World Walled Gardens and Camino de Colores. Looking to the future, rose enthusiasts will be able to enjoy the new High Desert Rose Garden (video) with a glasshouse, seasonal café, restrooms and hundreds of additional roses. We expect to open in 2014. For more information email [email protected] or dial 311 locally (505-768-2000).

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