OARDC Heirloom Rose Garden Open House and Plant Sale Is June 8 (UPDATED w/ slideshow)

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WOOSTER, Ohio -- The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s (OARDC) Garden of Roses of Legend and Romance, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, will hold its annual open house and rose sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 8.

The three-acre collection is home to about 1,500 heirloom rose plants, which should be in peak bloom for the event.

OARDC is the research arm of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). The garden is part of the center’s Secrest Arboretum.


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Admission to the open house is free and open to the public. Proceeds from the sale will go toward supporting the garden.

All the plants in the sale, which will be $15 each, will have been propagated from roses in the garden.

Heirloom roses are rose types that were developed before 1867, when the first hybrid tea rose came out. Also called antique roses or old garden roses, they’re known for their fragrance, easy care, and broad range of plant forms and flower colors.

The following heirloom rose types will be offered in the sale: Ballerina, Berlin, Buff Queen, Chevy Chase, Frau Karl Druschki, Golden Wings, Handel, Hanseat, Hiawatha, Lillian Gibson, Marchioness of Londonderry, New Dawn, Queen of the Musks, Queen of the Prairie, Rosa rugosa Alba, rugosa hybrid, Thalia, Thomas Lipton, Veilchenblau and Windchimes.

For more information, email king.1364@osu.edu.

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Kelly King