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New Carefree Desert Gardens series begins with ‘Roses in the Desert’


CAREFREE – Roses have always been a part of nature’s landscape design. Learn more about how to grow these beautiful, versatile flowers at the Carefree Desert Gardens series first meeting of the year on Saturday, Jan. 9. This will be the first of four programs of the winter 2016 season.

Fossil evidence shows that roses have been around for at least 30 million years. Some type of rose has been discovered growing wild in almost every habitable place in the northern hemisphere. The southwest desert is no exception. This is the best time of year to buy and plant roses. All of the local nurseries and garden centers will have a large assortment of roses around the middle of December through the middle of February.

Don’t miss this opportunity to plant the “queen of flowers” in your garden now. At the Jan. 9 event, Carefree Desert Gardens invites you to become inspired and learn everything you need to know about selecting, planting, and growing roses. American Rose Horticulture and Arrangement Judge and Master Consulting Rosarian LeRoy Brady will be presenting information. He, as a volunteer, designed, and is Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mesa Community College Rose Garden, one of 12 American Rose Society testing sites in the U.S. He evaluates the test roses at the garden.

The program, usually including a plant raffle, will begin at 9:30 a.m. and run approximately until noon in the Town Council Chambers, located in the U.S. Post Office Building, 100 Easy Street, in Carefree.  A $5 (or more) donation is appreciated to support these programs. 

For additional information, call (480) 488-3686.  Come early; seating is limited.