212. Cultivating Roses (Rose Garden)

This rose garden is an ever-evolving experiment. We select roses for their disease resistance and

ability to thrive in hot, humid Mid-Atlantic summers. We evaluate the roses regularly and replace

those that fail to perform well.


Because roses are prone to many diseases and pests, many gardeners rely on chemical fertilizers,

fungicides, and pesticides. Not here! We take an environmentally friendly approach to growing

our roses.


We promote healthy rose growth by careful site selection, soil preparation, appropriate

applications of organic fertilizer, and regular grooming and pruning. These techniques help roses

thrive and resist disease.


Look around. Notice the variety of companion plants among the roses. In addition to providing

seasonal color and contrast, these plants create crucial habitats for beneficial insects that help

control rose pests.