Fall is a Great Time to Plant a Rose!

In the 1920s when we were The City of Roses, the local paper reported that almost every home, humble or aristocratic” had a rose garden.  Let’s get back to this beautiful history.  So all you beginners, let’s get brave and plant your first rose! 

The Drift Rose, A Hardy, Low Maintenance Rose

The video features Tami Keeley, Sanders Nursery, demonstrating how to plant a Drift  Rose.  Big Thank You to Sanders Nursery for being a Rose Committee and Rose Festival Sponsor for 6 years!!  Please visit them and check out the many colors of Drift Roses. Mention us please!


How to Plant a Drift Rose, Driftrose.com

 Step 1:  Pick a Sunny Spot to Plant. 

Your rose bush will need at least 6 hours of sun each day.

Step 2:  Dig a Large Hole. 

Dig a hole slightly larger than the container.  Work the soil at the bottom of the hole with your shovel so that it is loose and aerated.

Step 3:  Remove Rose from its Container

            Use your hands to gently loosen the roots at the bottom of the plant

Step 4:  Plant Your Rose in Ground

            Place the plant in the hole, ensuring that the base of the plant is level with the soil

Step 5:  Fill in Soil around Plant

Add soil back to the hole around the plant.  Crumble the soil so that it is nice and aerated.  Mulch the plant with 2 inches of pine mulch.

Step 6:  Water Rose until Established

Water your Drift Rose thoroughly around the base of the plant, allowing it to soak in.  Repeat as necessary.  For next couple of weeks, check it and water the plant as needed to ensure it stays healthy. 


Happy Birthday Georgeana! 

The Rose Committee met at Georgeana Rainwater’s home where we planted the beautiful Coral Drift Rose, celebrating her Birthday.  She has led the Rose Festival Welcome Booth for 6 years, overseeing the making of 1000s of free rose bracelets and all the fun Welcome Booth activities. Happy Birthday Georgeana!  We love you!