Thank you, Maddie Shires!
Video by Starla Willis
Maddi Shires, graduate student, Texas A&M University, will be at Raincatcher’s Garden of Midway Hills Shade Pavilion (north garden) on Tuesday, March 13th, at 10am to bring us an update on Rose Rosette Disease plant trials, research and recommendations and to help us plant some new roses in our research plot, which have been bred for potential resistance to the disease. She will also show us what to look for when identifying the disease, which we believe has affected additional roses in our trial rose bed. Maddi works with Dr. Kevin Ong, an Associate Professor and Extension Plant Pathologist who directs the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, a service lab of the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at Texas A&M University in conjunction with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service (http://plantclinic.tamu.edu)
Raincatcher’s Garden is on the campus of Midway Hills Christian Church, 11001 Midway Road in Dallas, just north of Royal Lane. Please park in the west parking lot to allow preschool parents use of the north parking area.
More information on rose rosette here.
Are your roses exhibiting odd, thorny, or twisted growth? They probably are infected with Rose Rosette Disease (RRD), a virus that has forced the removal of thousands of roses in the Dallas area. Learn what you can do to help prevent the spread of the disease at a talk by one of the leading RRD researchers, Dr. Kevin Ong, Texas A&M University associate professor and director of the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at TAMU.
The free talk will explain RRD symptoms, control, and removal of infected roses and is set for noon to 1 pm, Tuesday June 21st at the Fellowship Hall of Midway Hills Christian Church, 11001 Midway Road, Dallas.
A rose trial aimed at identifying roses that are resistant to RRD was recently installed at the Raincatcher’s Garden of Midway Hills, a project of the Dallas County Master Gardeners. The DCMG volunteers are trained by TAMU AgriLife Extension Service to distribute horticultural information to the public.
Visitors are welcome to tour the Raincatcher’s Garden and the rose trial located at Midway Hills Christian Church. Reservations are not necessary. For more details, contact Elizabeth Wilkinson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Read up on Rose Rosette Disease here.