Cameron County Master Gardener to present Earth-Kind Roses Program

Earth-Kind Roses may be available for purchase at the event.

A special species of robust roses will be the topic of discussion at Frontera Audubon Society (1101 S. Texas Blvd.) on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. Master Gardener Heidi Linnemann will demonstrate how Earth-Kind® Roses can be incorporated in any garden. Cost for the event is $3 for members, $5 for non-members.

About 24 roses hold the title of Earth-Kind® Roses for their beauty, toughness and easy maintenance. These special roses need minimal upkeep and require no pesticides or herbicides.

“These roses do well in a variety of soil types and have excellent heat and drought tolerance, which makes them perfect for the Rio Grande Valley climate,” said Linnemann, a Cameron County Master Gardener. “It’s the perfect combination of beauty and strength.”

Earth-Kind® is a special designation given to select rose cultivars by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. It is based on the result of extensive research and field trials and is awarded only to those roses demonstrating superior pest tolerance combined with outstanding landscape performance.

“Earth-Kind® roses also protect the environment by conserving water, reducing pesticide use, and they cut down on landscape wastes entering landfills,” said Linnemann.

Participants will not only learn about the roses, but may also have the opportunity to purchase them for home landscaping.

For more information, contact Frontera Audubon Society at 956-968-3275, or email fronteraaudubon@gmail.com.

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