COLLEGE STATION Growing antique roses in the Brazos Valley will be the theme at the upcoming Texas A&M University Horticultural Gardens Spring Lecture Series March 19.
Mike Shoup of the Antique Rose Emporium in Independence is one of the nation’s leading authorities on antique roses. His talk will provide information on roses and rose culture specifically for this area.
The session will begin at 2 p.m. at the garden, between Texas and South College avenues on Hensel Drive in College Station. Cost is $5 for Friends of the Garden members and $10 for non members. Annual dues for Friends of the Garden membership can be paid with registration to this event.
“By becoming a Friends of the Garden member, you not only help support teaching, research and education activities at the Texas A&M Horticultural Gardens, but you also receive numerous benefits,” said Dr. Don Wilkinson, Extension horticulturist and garden director. “Individuals interested in the latest information on new plants, gardening techniques, pest control and other topics will want to support the growing tradition by becoming a Friends member.”
Wilkerson said Annual Friends of the Garden members pay $20 and receive discount admission to educational programs and events at the gardens. Contributing members give $50 and receive the discount admission and a copy of the new book, “Gardeners Guide to the Brazos Valley.” Sustaining members pay $100 and receive the bonuses above, plus a recognition plaque on the garden’s donor display. Sponsoring members are individuals, organizations or businesses with an annual and recurring gift of more than $500. They receive all other member benefits, plus a handsome plaque, suitable for hanging in home or office.
Other programs planned for the spring lecture series include “New Plant Introductions” on April 24, “Gardening at the Mercer Arboretum” on May 21 and “Floral Design Workshop” on June 18. The cost for each workshop is $5 for members and $10 for non members.
To register for the talk, call (979) 845 7692. For more information on this event, call (979) 845 3685. Information about the gardens can be found at http://hortgardens.tamu.edu