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.


R.K. Witherspoon


Rose Garden Preparation in the Fall?

Prepare for your New Rose Garden in the Fall

3b75a-riosamba2Spiced cider, moonlit hayrides, and bonfires usher us into the time of year where the air is crisp and sweet as the season’s apples.  Autumn weather also brings with it one last beautiful flush of roses.  When you are surrounded by blooms that rival spring’s first blossoms, it is difficult to imagine what the next season will bring.

And even though the season is not quite over, now is the time to begin prepping your garden for next season.

So why is fall a good time to prepare your garden?  Besides the fact that fall weather is perfect for working outside, it is a good idea to prepare the bed with enough time for the soil to settle over winter.  By putting in a little hard work now, your yard will become a healthy, happy home for our new rose garden in the spring.

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