Saturday I attended the Farmers Branch Celebration of Roses. What a privilege to hear Mike Shoup of Antique Rose Emporium fame talk about “Pioneer Roses” and Scott Ogden, landscape artist and author teach the subject of Moonlit Gardens.
Afterwards I happily wandered through the Farmers Branch Rose Trial gardens at 2610 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas.
Hundreds of roses are on trial in these gardens from Earth-Kind® Roses to David Austin roses, all displayed and labeled perfectly.
For example, a rose called Jude the Obscure: “A great favourite of many gardeners. ‘Jude the Obscure’ is very free-flowering, bearing very large, incurved, chalice-shaped flowers. The petals are medium yellow on the inside and pale yellow on the outside. Its award-winning fragrance is extremely strong with a delicious fruity note reminiscent of guava and sweet white wine, which delights all who smell the flower. An excellent short shrub with strong, upright, bushy growth and light green leaves. We recommend planting it near to the house or close a seating area or path, where its delicious perfume can be enjoyed at close quarters. In warmer climates it can be trained as a superb climber. Named after the character in Thomas Hardy’s novel of the same name.”
Thanks to this description from the David Austin website, I will now be reading Thomas Hardy!
Being a plant nerd, I have always wanted to see the Green Rose. Yes, there is a rose with green flowers and it is growing in the Farmer’s Branch Rose Gardens.
Now that I have seen it and compare it to other rose beauties, I will be shopping David Austin and Pioneer Roses.
Thank you Farmer’s Branch!
Get to know Farmer’s Branch aka the “City in a Park”. Last weekend’s events included Bluegrass music, a chili cook off, and arts and crafts along with The Celebration of Roses. Mark your calendar for future events here.