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Rose Weekend: An NHG Tradition for 60 Years

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Ira Duncan, NHG Rosarian at the time, stands in what is now our front parking lot with roses growing out in cans. Photo is from Northaven Road facing south-southeast across the front of the store, ca. 1958.

Nothing can stop our traditional kickoff for spring, our annual Rose Weekend. Traditionally the first weekend in March, it’s the decades-old celebration of one of our favorite landscape shrubs and the grand unveiling of the thousands of roses we grow in our greenhouses each year.

Jon Pinkus, Rose Weekend 1961
Jon Pinkus, second-generation owner and President, works the desk at Rose Weekend 1961. At that time, customers shopped buckets of rose blossoms in October to choose the varieties they wanted the following March.

Each summer, we carefully review customer input, local rose trials, new introductions, and industry news to curate our selection of rose varieties. We publish our annual Rose List up to a month in advance of Rose Weekend so that you can review the varieties ahead of time to select the varieties best suited to your landscape needs and wants.

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The 1967 NHG special insert into the Dallas Times Herald newspaper for Rose Weekend.

One change you’ll find this year is the separation of ‘Texas Pioneer’ roses from ‘Antique’ roses–formerly listed together, we’ve divided them in our listing to more clearly reflect the meanings of the two groups.

Boscobel (Auscousin) Image courtesy of David Austin Roses®.
‘Boscobel’ Rose. Image courtesy of David Austin Roses®.

Another update is our increase in the varieties of David Austin English Rose® we’re offering. Produced through crosses of antique and modern rose varieties, these hybrids offer exquisite blooms with rich color, form and fragrance. Of the twenty varieties we’re offering this year, all but one is grown in the local trials of The Rose Gardens of Farmers Branch nearby.

This year, in the face of the Rose Rosette Disease (RRD) epidemic in north Texas, it’s an opportunity to help spread the word and to promote awareness and careful stewardship of roses in our landscapes.

Rose Rosette Disease symptom
Telltale symptoms of RRD include warped, reddish new growth and hyper-thorny branches with densely-clustered stems or ‘witch’s brooms’

Five of our staff members attended a day-long RRD conference presented by the Texas Agrilife Extension agency in 2015. Composed of professional rosarians, landscape managers, academics and nursery professionals, the audience reviewed statistics, shared photos, and traded stories on the impact of the disease. It was a valuable opportunity to keep current on our evolving understanding of the disease, it’s spread and control. To read our updated handout on Rose Rosette Disease, click here

As years pass, selections change and issues affecting growth and culture evolve, rest assured that your gardening friends at NHG will continue to offer this special weekend. Both for our love of roses and all they bring to the garden.

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