Celebration of the Rose

Spring is a season of great hope and anticipation. Plants that lay dormant though the cold winter months begin to show the first signs of life as new growth bursts forth and promises the seasons first colorful blooms are soon to follow. During this time, gardeners nurture this tender new growth hoping that their efforts will be rewarded with a garden full of blooms to harvest for Spring arrangements.

With this tradition of hope and anticipation, it is no wonder the rose has become a centerpiece of family life and legacy.

Over the years, we have had the privilege of being a part of many family stories. A couple who filled their reception hall with rose bushes that were planted at their first home as a reminder of their special day. Grandmothers bringing their grandkids to pick out their first rose in hopes of passing on a love of tending the earth and enjoying its bounty. Even those who break down in tears as they share with us stories of a family member or friend who has passed on and how they will remember them fondly by planting a garden of their favorite roses.

Each story is unique, yet a single thread binds them together: the rose.

When we celebrate the first blooms of the season, we are celebrating more than an explosion of color and fragrance from our rose gardens. We are celebrating the hope of a new life together, the anticipation of little ones growing love for the earth, and we remember those who entered our lives and changed them forever. Every person’s story, like each rose bloom, is unique and beautiful. Grab your shovel and plant a rose garden. You never know what story your garden will inspire.

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R.K. Witherspoon

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2015 First Bloom Celebration in Photos

Hopefully you were able to make it to our First Bloom Celebration in May, but if you missed it here are some highlights from the day!


Highlights from our First Bloom Celebration

First Bloom Celebration 2013!!
May is an exciting time here at Witherspoon Rose Culture.  Color explodes forth from a sea of green leaves and fills our garden with a myriad of brilliant roses.
We celebrate this first bloom of the season every year with a day filled with garden tours, food, and of course roses!
People gathered at the bottom of our Anniversary Garden to begin our guided Garden Tour.  They were able to take a stroll through the 2,000 rose bushes in our garden while stopping along the way for rose care demonstrations!

Our rose care demonstrations were taught by our Rose Service Technicians.  These guys care for nearly 2,600 rose gardens across the state of North Carolina and into both South Carolina and Virginia!  When it comes to rose care, they know their stuff!!
The first stop on the tour was learning how to plant a premium rose garden!
Troy was an excellent teacher!  He gave us step by step instructions as he planted!
Brandon was happy to answer any questions tossed at him after his demonstration on irrigation and weed prevention.
Doug taught our class on cutting roses to enjoy in your home! 

Each stop on the Garden Tour was filled with all the information one needs to care for roses in their own backyard!  Not to mention, the backdrop of 2,000 rose bushes in full bloom! 
Just in case everyone’s questions were not answered during the Garden Tour, we had a Q&A session where everyone had a chance to “Stump the Rose Guy!”  Still no success in completely stumping any of the rose guys!  Maybe next year…

There was also a chance to win Witherspoon Gift cards and fantastic sales on over 180 varieties of roses!
All in all it was a great day filled with fun and only a little rain!  Thank goodness none of us melted in the rain!!

We hope to see you next year for our First Bloom Celebration!!  Bring the family and enjoy the explosion of color!

Oh…and did I mention there were cookies!