Newsletters are necessary, and I enjoy the exercise in organization that producing the newsletter represents. For this month, all of the topics relate to various events and activities that I want my rose friends to know about. In case some of you are not on my mailing list, I'll reprint my newsletter here today as a blog post, so my blog friends can see what I'll be up to for the next few weeks.
News from Hartwood Roses
With the arrival of cooler Fall weather, and football season, it is time to begin the end-of-season Clearance sale. All roses are now priced at $10, for as long as they last … first come, first served. This is the final mark-down of the season ... don’t sit around waiting for lower prices, because there won’t be any. Order online for best selection. We accept credit cards via PayPal or a mailed check, or choose the on-site pick-up option if you’re local. In time since the announcement of this sale went live on the web site yesterday afternoon, we have already sold out of ten varieties!
The roses and I are going on the road to the Fall Plant Sale at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond this weekend, Friday and Saturday, September 17 and 18. I always have such a great time at this sale … meeting all the gardeners and talking roses non-stop for two days. If you’re in the Richmond area, you can order your roses ahead of time and come to the plant sale to pick them up. While you’re there, take advantage of the wonderful assortment of other vendors selling herbs, perennials, shrubs, and other great garden stuff to go along with your roses. I’m always attracted to the hostas for the shady parts of my garden.
Now that summer is behind us, and our thoughts turn from hiding in the air conditioning to working outdoors in the crisp fall air, I’ll finish out the season by reopening the nursery and garden for select Saturdays in September and October. Working around other commitments, the schedule is: September 25, October 9, and October 16, from 10am to 3pm. The fall flush of bloom is already getting started, and I expect there will be plenty of flowers to see and smell well into October.
Finally, please mark your calendar and plan to join us on Sunday, October 10 at 11am, as we gather here for the organizational meeting for the new Old Dominion chapter of the Heritage Roses Group! The first sentence on HRG web site beautifully states why I am forming this new chapter, and why this organization fits so perfectly with what I am already doing here at Hartwood Roses. “The Heritage Roses Group, formed in 1975, as a fellowship of those who care about Old Garden Roses, Species Roses, Old or Unusual Roses - particularly those roses introduced into commerce prior to the year 1867. Its purposes are to preserve, enjoy, and share knowledge about the Old Roses. “ Our special guest for this gathering will be Dennis Whetzel, nursery manager at the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants at Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia. Dennis is a quiet force in the world of old roses, and he has generously offered to share some of his knowledge with all of us here in the garden. To learn more about the Heritage Roses Group, please visit the web site: (http://www.theheritagerosesgroup.org/) If you are interested in attending, please send me an email to reserve your spot.
As the season winds down, I must take a minute to thank each of you for your support and encouragement. Without you, Hartwood Roses would not exist. If you have gardening friends you think may be interested, feel free to spread the word and forward this newsletter to them.
335 Hartwood Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22406
Web site: www.hartwoodroses.com
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I'm heading out to the garden now. I have to get ready for the plant sale this weekend ... there's LOTS to do.
(written by Hartwood Roses. Hartwood Roses blog.)