Celebrate National Rose Month
June is National Rose Month!
Roses have a long history of symbolism from love, peace, beauty, and the United States— In 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed a resolution making the rose the national flower of the United States of America. Full of fragrance and delicate petals, roses are some of the most versatile and classical garden plants.
Although they require careful planting and pruning, many variations of roses are not as hard to care for as some may think. Shrub and ground-cover bush roses are becoming more popular with gardeners around the country looking for a splash of fragrance in their home or garden. Ground-cover roses, often referred to as “carpet roses” are a lower maintenance rose option for those looking for the beauty of the rose without the higher effort upkeep.
You can read more about different types of roses at the National Rose Society’s website, and visit the Reciprocal Admissions Program (RAP) Garden: American Rose Society & Gardens of the American Rose Center in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Attend Regional Gardening Events this Spring/Summer
Did you know that the AHS provides a widespread listing of gardening events near you? Enjoy premier food, wine and craft beer at the UC Riverside Botanic Gardens’ fundraiser, Primavera in the Gardens on May 21 in Riverside, CA. Stop by the Iris Show at Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI in June. Attend a class on “Creating Habitat for Butterflies” at the Tanger Arboretum in Lancaster, PA. on July 29. These are just a few examples of gardening events to explore!
This year, get involved at a garden near you, learn something new, meet new people, and find joy in gardens and gardening! Visit the Regional Events page on our website for a complete listing.
Five New Gardens Join RAP
We are excited to announce that the Fredericton Botanic Garden in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada; Palma Sola Botanical Park in Bradenton, Florida; Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior, Arizona; Central Gardens of North Iowa in Clear Lake, Iowa; and Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden in Reno, Nevada have joined our RAP program! We hope that our members will take advantage of attending the new gardens, seeing their beauty, and connecting to nature.
AHS members receive a variety of incentives and benefits when they attend a RAP garden. If you are not yet a member of AHS and would like to join so you can have access to these gardens, you are able to do so! Learn more about our RAP and see if there is a garden near you.