Rose Cuttings – October, 2009

Guests at the Fall Festival of Roses will have the opportunity to hear top rose experts and explore the grounds of the Antique Rose Emporium. Photo courtesy of Mike Shoup.

Festival Time

You’ve heard it over and over again, “Fall is the best time to plant.” But judging by the extraordinary number of educational seminars, festivals and outings, it’s obvious that fall in Texas is a time for outdoor camaraderie as well.

We’ve just experienced Dean Oswald’s Rosedango in North Texas, Pam Smith’s tour of the Farmer’s Branch Botanical Garden, and the Houston Garden Club’s Bulb Mart.    Now we at the Antique Rose Emporium will be celebrating our 22nd Fall Festival of Roses with three days of free seminars and activities, highlighted by famed rosarian Fabien Ducher’s visit from France. We hope you can join us!

You’re Invited to the

22nd Annual Fall Festival of Roses

November 6, 7, & 8, 2009      9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Come Early – Stay Late

Bring the Camera and Enjoy the Fall Peak Bloom 

Friday, November 6, 2009
10:30 a.m. Glenn Schroeter
Propagating Your Own Roses
Join Glenn, ARE’s own propagation manager, for this “hands-on” presentation and take home a cutting to root on your windowsill.

1:30 p.m. Heidi Sheesley
The Cutting Edge — Perfect Plants for Texas
Heidi is owner of the Houston nursery, Treesearch Farms, which is devoted to cultivating extraordinary selections of plants.  Some plants covered in her talk will be available for sale.

3:00 p.m. Jim Johnson
Simply Beautiful — Artistic Floral Displays
Jim is the creative talent behind the Benz School of Floral Design at Texas A&M University. Arrangements will be available, with proceeds going to M.D. Anderson and The Benz School.

Saturday, November 7, 2009
10:00 a.m. David Will
This Bulb’s for You! Naturalizing Bulbs for Texas
David is a landscape contractor, educator and author. He will share his vast knowledge of bulbs with us and offer some rare varieties for sale.

11:15 a.m. Fabien Ducher
New Roses from France
Fabien is owner of the famous French nursery Rosearie Fabien Ducher. This family-owned company has been in business since 1845 and introduced some of our favorite roses like ‘Reve d’Or’ and ‘Cecile Brunner’.

1:30 p.m. Stephen Scanniello
A Rose by Any Other Name
Stephen, current president of the Heritage Rose Foundation, is a garden designer and has authored three books.  His latest book will be profiled.  Stephen was made famous for his restoration work on the Cranford Rose Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York.

3:00 p.m. Claude Graves
Heirloom Hybrid Tea Research
Claude has been instrumental in promoting roses through the Heritage Rose Foundation, The American Rose Society, and the rose publication “The Yellow Rose.”  He will unlock the beauty, history and popularity of untapped Old Hybrid Teas.

Sunday, November 8, 2009
10:00 a.m. Robbi Will
Hot & Hotter — Drought & Deer
Robbi is one of the best “plantsmen” in Texas. Mind you, we are not prejudiced, even though she is the manager of our San Antonio location! She will share her growing experience with her favorite Texas-tough plants.

11:30 a.m. Judy Barrett
What Can I Do With My Herbs?
Judy is a garden writer and editor of Homegrown, a magazine about Texas gardening. Her new book, What Can I Do With My Herbs? will be available.

2:00 p.m. Andy Chidester
What You Should Know About Organics
Andy represents the “Lady Bug” line of organic gardening products of Austin. With her common-sense approach to gardening, she will encourage us all to play in the dirt.

All programs are FREE!

Food vendors on premises, and picnic facilities available.

Tours of the growing fields on Saturday, and Sunday (Free ticket from office is required — space limited!)

10,000 FM 50, Brenham, Texas 77833

For further information, call 979-836-5548.                                                  

About the author: Mike Shoup is the owner of the Antique Rose Emporium. Visit their Brenham and San Antonio display gardens for endless ideas on landscaping with roses. To order roses online, visit

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