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Smell the roses in Midtown Park Rose Garden

June 10, 2020 - 00:00
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  • Smell the roses in Midtown Park Rose Garden
    Coral Knockouts and red Homerun Roses have been planted in Midtown Park Rose Garden.
  • Smell the roses in Midtown Park Rose Garden
    Alesia Woolridge | Colorado County Citizen
  • Smell the roses in Midtown Park Rose Garden

The rose garden in Midtown Park was originally planted in 2007, and has needed a facelift for awhile. Some plants had become overgrown and unsightly. So Colulmbus Garden Club members have taken up shovels and pruners to get the job done.

The improvements at the Live Oak Street Rose Garden have been made possible through a Columbus Communtiy Industrial Development Corporation (CCIDC) Grant. Debbie Braden, President of the Columbus Garden Club, says, “The bed needed a lot of weeding, removal of some plants and the design needed to be reconstructed to make watering and upkeep easier.” An attractive rock border outlines the new garden. Eight hardy red Homerun roses remain from the original garden. Interesting tidbit for rose enthusiasts: Homerun roses have a nice, mild apple fragrance. It is a self-cleaning bush (no need to prune dead blooms!) They are hardy and highly disease resistant.

New roses, including an assortment of Knockoout roses, have been planted. Marian Schonenberg, who has been involved with the Midtown plantings since their beginning, explains that “the garden design includes white, double pink, coral and red Knockouts, a Cinco de Mayo that is a fragrant floribunda, and a bright apricot/orange Easy Living Rose highlights the rose garden.”

NO rose garden is complete without an assortment of Antique roses from the Antiqe Rose Emporium. The next step will be to identify and obtain Antique roses known for their fragrance, hardiness and beauty. Copper Canyon daisies, rosemary and society garlic have been planted in an attempt to discourage deer from eating the roses. Mulch has been spread in the garden to reduce weed growth, and a sprinkler system provides the moisture appropriate for the roses.

The new rose garden is attractive, and just around the corner is the certified butterfly garden and way station that was highlighted in last week’s edition. Columbus Garden Club strives to be true to its club motto: “A More Beautiful Community.