“An ‘Eyeconic’ Weekend” a free Celebration of Roses for the public will be taking place at UC Davis May 4 and 5th, 2013. Sponsored by the California Center for Urban Horticulture, Foundation Plant Services and their partners and sponsors this free, two-day Rose Extravaganza will have workshops, tours and a plant sale of fantastic plants. From 11:00 to 4:00 pm demonstrations will highlight methods for growing beautiful roses successfully featuring new rose varieties, best pruning practices, proper plant placement, planting techniques, pest management and disease identification of these hardy and colorful flowering shrubs. In the afternoon, tours of the brilliant colors of the eight acres of rose fields and more than 400 rose cultivars are sure to be a magnificent sight. At the Rose Sale from 10:00am to 4:00pm choose from thirty-two varieties of both classic and novel roses to find the one perfect to add to your home landscape. Free mini-floribunda roses will be given to the first 250 attendees on both days!
Roses available will include hybrid teas such as the tough Carefree Wonder that needs little pruning and yet blooms prolifically from spring to fall. Or perhaps select one of the new floribunda Eyeconic Series or the hybrid Hulthemia roses developed by hybridizing with the species Hulthemia persica to produce a new disease resistant bloomer with a characteristic red blotch at the base of the petals. Eyeconic varieties also will be available in yellow, darker pink and melon colors.
If fragrance is what you seek consider Baronne de Rothschild a fuschia-pink rose with strong fragrance and beautiful large flowers. Or perhaps Bolero a large, pale pink to white flower with a marvelous rose scent mixed with tropical fruit, great for cutting. Need a climbing rose to cover an arbor? Try the large fire engine red flowers of ‘Winner’s Circle’. Or short on space? Tiddly Winks is a miniature rose that can be one of the work horses in your small garden. Tidy and compact it has an orange-pink interior with a yellow eye sure to brighten that container garden or border over the long season.
We hope you will come and attend this great day and help us celebrate the beauty and fragrance of roses. The event is from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Foundation Plant Services (FPS), 455 Hopkins Road.
For directions, list of roses and the day’s agenda VISIT THE WEBSITE for the California Center of Urban Horticulture.