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Welcome to Our HCMGA Rose Garden!
We hope you enjoy our Hamilton County Master Gardener Association (HCMGA) Educational Rose Garden. This garden began as an idea in 2011 and finally became a reality on April 26, 2014 with the planting of 103 roses.
Our rose garden contains several (but not all) classifications of roses. We wanted to present our garden as a tool to encourage and show our Master Gardener members and more importantly, you, our visitors and neighbors, how to successfully grow roses. Our garden is young, but we hope it will provide beauty, knowledge and enjoyment to those who visit for many years to come.
We welcome your questions and hope this website and the links provided will encourage you to plant and enjoy your own roses. Please feel free also to photograph, walk the path, sit on the benches and just enjoy the beauty and the scents provided by these lovely plants.
Besides our HCMGA website and rose garden, there are many other places to obtain helpful information about growing roses. This website contains information about each of the roses in our garden. The American Rose Society (ARS), an organization devoted to growing roses provides the most up-to-date information regarding growing roses in the United States. It provides information ranging from types of roses, and best roses to grow in your particular climate zone, to how to fertilize, prune and protect your roses. You can access their information at www.rose.org. To get access to even more detailed rose information, resources and issues of American Rose magazine, you can also join their organization.
Additionally, the Indianapolis Rose Society, www.indianapolisrosesociety.com, is a local chapter of the ARS, and provides local information and rose growing tips at monthly meetings and via their website.
Currently, the American Rose Society recognized 37 classes or types of roses. So, while we at HCMGA do not have every classification of rose represented in our HCMGA Educational Rose Garden, we do have representatives for several classifications of roses. Most of the modern roses are represented here.
Please note: Specific information regarding each rose grown in this garden is provided on this website. Our goal was to provide you with some background on each classification in order to help you understand when, where and how these rose classes came about.
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[List of Roses in our garden]
These are often referred to as “wild roses”. We have no representatives of this type in our garden currently.
Old Garden Roses
Old Garden Roses (OGR): These are defined as types that were in existence prior to 1867, when the first hybrid tea, “La France”, was introduced. There are many subdivisions of roses existing in this classification. Many times after they initially bloom in spring, some varieties have no other blooms (flowers) for the rest of the year. Typically, these roses have a wonderful fragrance. We chose only eight OGRs to represent this classification in our HCMGA Educational Rose Garden. Using our garden pathway as a natural separation for this garden, you can find our examples of these roses located in the arbor section. More information about each of rose follows on our website.
Most of the roses in our garden are contained in the Modern Rose Classification. Included in our labeled beds are the following types of roses: Tea, Climbing, miniature, miniflora, floribunda, polyanthas, and shrub roses. Please note that our rose beds were laid out to showcase modern roses which were developed to be more disease and insect resistant, as well as tolerant of drought conditions. Take a look at those beds which include: EarthKind, Dr.Griffith Buck, David Austin, and Kordes.
Climbing Roses: Climbing roses (climbers) have long arching canes that actually climb arbors, fences and walls when trained to do so. Located in the arbor section of the garden, we have 5 modern climbers represented in our garden. They can be found on either side of our arbor and in front of each of the three trellises in our garden. They are colorful landscape accents.
Hybrid Tea Roses: These are one of the most popular types of rose. They are the beautiful, perfectly shaped single bloom roses that we all have come to love. They produce long stems and gorgeous blossoms and are typically the rose you find at your neighborhood florist. The first Hybrid Tea, “Peace” was introduced in 1945 and since then thousands of new hybrid teas have been introduced. We have two small beds with 6 total hybrid teas including “Peace”. Our Hybrid Teas are located in the arbor section of the garden on either side of the arbor.
Miniature and Miniflora Roses: We have one bed containing 5 miniature roses and one bed of 5 minifloras located on either side of the arbor in the arbor section of the garden. The miniatures have an average height of 15-30 inches and are the miniature versions of both the hybrid teas and floribundas. They are lovely as an accent in the garden, as edging or in containers. The minifloras represent a relatively new ARS classification (1999) and have intermediate blooms and foliage that are between the size of miniatures and floribundas. They are beautiful in containers and for edging or as a landscape accent. They can be used to make lovely flower arrangements.
Our Shrub Roses Include:
David Austin (English Roses): Shrub roses from England that are loved for their spectacular old-fashioned flowers and wonderful fragrance. These roses were bred by crossing old garden roses with more modern roses in order to achieve the superb fragrance, delicacy and charm of the old-style blooms combined with the repeat flowering characteristics and wide color range of modern roses. Some of these roses can become very large shrubs and even climbers when grown in warmer climates.
Dr. Griffith Buck Roses: We have two beds with a total of 14 Buck (as they are often referred to) roses. These roses were developed by a professor of horticulture at Iowa State University and were bred specifically to require low maintenance, and be disease resistant and cold hardy. These are roses that are easy to grow, even for a beginner and will definitely reward you with constant blooms, beautiful colors and wonderful scents. Our two “Buck” rose beds are located in the area across the path from the arbor section.
Drift® Roses: Drift® Roses are shrub roses and are repeat bloomers. They are a cross between full-size ground cover roses and miniatures and are known for their disease resistance, winter hardiness and low maintenance requirements. In the arbor section of the garden you will find four different representatives of this type rose.
Earth-Kind® Roses: Designation given by Texas A&M Agri-Life Extension and awarded only to those roses that have demonstrated superior pest tolerance, heat and drought tolerance, combined with outstanding landscape performance. The 7 roses in this bed represent both shrub roses and polyanthas. This bed is located on the opposite side of the walkway from the arbor.
Floribunda Roses: We have 5 roses in this bed which is located across the walkway from the arbor section of the garden. Floribundas are very popular in large part due to their ability to provide massive, long lasting displays of beautiful, colorful roses continually throughout the growing season. They are typically hardier and easier to grow.
Kordes Roses: The Kordes family has grown roses in Germany and throughout the world for over 125 years. These roses are bred for disease resistance and winter hardiness, quick repeat blooms, fungal disease resistance, unique colors and forms of bloom, abundance of blooms, fragrance, self-cleaning, good height and fullness of plant and rain resistance. We have 6 shrub roses in our Kordes bed, located in the section on the opposite side of the walkway from the arbor.
Double and Pink Double Knock Out® Roses: These shrub roses were originally was introduced to the world in 2000. They bloom from Spring to Fall and continue to produce roses throughout the season. These roses were bred by Will Radler and are disease resistant and drought tolerant. They are a beautiful landscape rose but unfortunately do not have much fragrance, but their low care requirements make them a favorite with everyone. We chose to put 31 Knock Out® roses on the outside perimeter of our rose garden to provide constant color and an eye catching entrance into our rose garden. We have 22 of the (red) Double Knock Outs® and 9 of the Pink Double Knock Out® roses. Note: Shrub roses can grow from 5 to 15 feet in every direction, so be aware of this when choosing a roles for your container or garden. Shrub roses are hardy and produce large clusters of flowers. Locate on map of fairgrounds
Thank you for visiting our rose garden!
We hope you’ll return often!