The program will run from 7-8 p.m. at 100 Wilco Way, Room 226, Georgetown. Participants may arrive as early as 6:15 p.m. if they would like to take part in the social that precedes the monthly Master Gardener meeting.
“Those who grow roses may have heard of rose rosette disease, caused by the rose rosette virus,” said Kate Whitney, AgriLife Extension horticulturist for Williamson County. “This disease causes serious deformities of plants and is transmitted from plant to plant by a tiny mite.”
She said there is no known treatment for rosette disease and all types of roses appear to be susceptible to the virus. Scientists in Texas and across the U.S. are currently focusing efforts to identify treatments and find the most resistant rootstock.
Master Gardener expertise
Master Gardener Val Black is the featured speaker for the program. Black will discuss the best methods to prevent, detect and deal with rose rosette disease.
The Texas Master Gardener program is an educational volunteer program conducted by AgriLife Extension. Throughout the year, Master Gardeners deliver a variety of programs in cooperation with AgriLife Extension across the state. There are over 6,000 Texas Master Gardeners in 112 counties.
For more Master Gardener events and additional information call 512-943-3300 or visit the website at: https://williamson.agrilife.org/events/.