Bare Root Roses. It’s time to start gathering those roses in winter, bare root roses! 

And to get everyone off to another great rose season, Wallace Gardens is giving away a copy of the Four Seasons of Roses 2014 Monthly Guide to Rose Care by Susan Fox, including one bare root rose: David Austin’s English Rose ‘Winchester Cathedral.’ You’ll have Susan’s advice, right at your fingertips when you receive this rose, pictured above in a bare root box with Susan’s calendar. To enter: you must have a mailing address within the Continental United States. See below for instructions to enter.

The American Rose Society awarded Susan with its Presidential Citation “for Promoting the Rose and Rose Education Via Social Media,” and her photo of the Julia Child Rose is included in the 2014 ARS Calendar for the month of July. This is a woman who knows her roses. 

'Winchester Cathedral' is a large, fragrant white-blooming rose. Mature size will depend upon where you live, but expect it to grow to at least 4-5’ tall and wide, with masses of white flowers that continue at regular intervals throughout the summer. David Austin describes the scent as a “Light Old Rose with hints of honey and almond.” What garden wouldn’t be improved by such summer fragrance? 

Instructions to enter: all you have to do is “like” and/or comment on the ‘Winchester Cathedral’ photo on Pinterest. You must have a mailing address within the Continental United States. The winner will be selected at random and announced on TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2014. So hop to it! 

How about a garden giveaway? What a lovely way to start the new year!  The dead of winter is a perfect time to plan a garden, so here’s a little gift to get you started. 

I’m giving away a copy of Susan Fox’s brand new guide: Four Seasons of Roses 2014 Monthly Guide to Rose Care … along with the added bonus of a 3-pack of organic Alfalfa Tea from Authentic Haven Brand Natural Brew, to help grow your roses more beautifully than ever. To enter the giveaway, you must have a shipping address in the United States or Canada, and you must “like” or comment on this photo on Pinterest

Susan is one of the most gracious and generous gardeners I know, and is always willing to share her secrets to growing roses with the rest of us. “Roses are easy, people can be difficult,” and Susan proves that point with her tips in the new 2014 guide, filled with colorful photographs of roses she took in her rose garden. You can read about her journey to write the guide on her blog

The American Rose Society awarded Susan with its Presidential Citation “for Promoting the Rose and Rose Education Via Social Media,” and her photo of the Julia Child Rose is included in the 2014 ARS Calendar for the month of July.  

You can find Susan on twitter, @gagasgarden, or on her blog, Gaga’s Garden when she isn’t taking care of her roses. 

June is National Rose Month, and my friends over at Bombay Outdoors ran a reader facebook poll last month, asking: “What’s your favorite flower?”  and this was the result:
"30,000 fans and gardeners (mostly U.S. women) voted for their favorite garden flowers. The results came in and I asked horticulturist Nancy Wallace if she’d write about the Top Five Favorites. Then we noticed. In the poll, roses got LOVE! They didn’t just win, they got 15 THOUSAND more votes than the 2nd-most popular flower!"
So, follow the link and find out which roses are my personal favorites. The readers’ other four favorite flowers will appear in a story next week, so stay tuned. 

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Celebrate National Rose Month by sharing your blooms with the world around you. In 1986 President Ronald Reagan declared the rose the National Floral Emblem of the United States. June is set aside …

Pictured: ‘Golden Celebration’ in the garden of Chris VanCleave aka “The Redneck Rosarian” (who is also the President of the Birmingham Rose Society).