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The Salem Rose Society is a group of rose-growing folks that enjoy touring open gardens in warm-weather months.
Casual visitors are also welcome to join the tour.

Send us an email at salemrosesociety@gmail.com and we will let you know about upcoming events.

August 28, 2014

An evening with the Masters

We had a very enjoyable time yesterday evening at the Marion Demonstration Garden right here in the center of Salem (on Center street, no less).  As stated by the powers that be, namely the Oregon State University Extension Service, this garden is a project of the Marion County Master Gardener Association.  We are fortunate to have 2 of their master gardeners as members of the Salem Rose Society.  So, thanks Laveryne and Fred for facilitating our private tour of the garden, especially because one of their 20+ demonstration plots is a strikingly beautiful large bed of roses.

We'll set the scene with a photo of some of the beds (below left) which were adjacent to where we first gathered (below right) for an early evening snack enjoyed by a mingling of master gardeners and rose gardeners.  Notice the handsome "Rose Garden" sign in the lower-left of the second photo.

The next photo shows how well positioned the large rose bed is in the overall context of the gardens.

And now for a closer look at the roses themselves, with Laveryne introducing us to the various rose varieties.  There were an awful lot of blooms for late August, so congratulations are due to the master gardeners for their dedication to the roses.

For more information about the Master Gardener program, here's a couple of links to pertinent web-sites: