Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

Rose Garden Improvement Project

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The roses are just beginning to wake up, but volunteers and I have been hard at work starting our Rose Garden Improvement Project!  And after a few weeks of beautiful, spring weather, we have great progress to show you.  The original pergola has been stripped down to the posts and construction of the new pergola will begin soon.  The roses have been uncovered (And thankfully, almost all made it through the harsh winter!) and we’ve weeded and spread compost.

Big thanks to Randy Robinson, Pat McGivern, John Miller, Joan Webster-Vore, Jack Golden, Garry Gardiner, Howard Craven and Larry Bjortort who have already put in many hours on this project.

Also thanks to The Arboretum’s Public Art Committee who worked diligently through the winter to develop this project!


Want to know more about the improvement project?  Read below!

Rose Garden Improvement Project  ::  Remodel the existing pergola and resurface flooring, build containers to fill with annuals, build rose collection and incorporate woody plant material and companion plants .                                                                               

Project Description  ::  In December of 2008, a designated gift was given for a pergola structure in the Rose Garden.  The original pergola is of simple design and does not fit the desired formal theme of the space.  In previous years, the Rose Garden included a large collection of Buck Roses but few have survived and plant material quality has declined.  By refurbishing the existing structure, there are adequate funds to resurface the pergola floor, incorporate new plant material and add containers.

 Activity Summary  ::  The goal of the Rose Garden improvement project is to improve the aesthetic appeal and comfort of the space.  Doing so will increase rental revenue and visitor enjoyment of the Rose Garden.

  • Remodel existing pergola and install new flooring.
  • Develop rose collection with theme.  Install plant identification signs.
  • Develop complimentary planting of ornamental trees and perennials with height and groundcovers to install amongst rose collection.
  • Incorporate containers and benches to create a welcoming space for visitors.


See you in the gardens.


Written by cedarvalleyarboretum

April 6, 2010 at 6:00 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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