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Roses at Demonstration Garden

You will find many variety of roses at Demonstration Garden. Twin rose beds line the brick path as you enter from the southeast corner. The crescent-shaped raised beds were installed in 2011. Four concrete benches along the path encourage visitors to linger a while and enjoy the view. The rose beds are flanked by dwarf conifer beds. The conifers provide a tranquil background for the more colorful display of roses in the foreground.

Griffith Buck Roses

The rose collection includes many Griffith Buck Roses. These roses are named for the Iowa State University horticulture professor who developed this hardy group of low-maintenance roses for midwestern gardens. Buck Roses are also disease resistant. Demonstration Garden houses several Buck Roses listed below.

Earth-Kind® Roses

The collection also includes several roses that have been awarded the Earth-Kind® designation by the Texas AgriLife Extension.  Earth-Kind® roses will thrive in a variety of soil types, are heat and drought tolerant, and require limited use of pesticides, fertilizers, and water. Demonstration Garden displays Earth-Kind® roses designated in the list that follows:

North Rose Bed- South Rose Bed-
‘Sunny Sky’ Hybrid Tea ‘Love’ Grandiflora
‘Snow Drift’ Easy Elegance ‘Melody Parfume’
‘Kashmir’ Easy Elegance ‘Enchanted Autumn’
‘Honey Sweet’ ‘Pinnacle’ Floribunda
‘Country Dancer’ ‘Chuckles’
‘Dick Clark’ Grandiflora ‘Pearle Mae’
‘Bright Melody’ Griffith Buck Shrub ‘Carefree Wonder’
‘Lady of Shalott’ David Austin Shrub ‘April Moon’ Griffith Buck Shrub
‘The Fairy’  Polyantha Earth-Kind® ‘Marie Daly’  Shrub Earth-Kind®
‘Julia Child’ Rosa Floribunda ‘Zaide’ Kordes Floribunda
‘Carefree Beauty’ Shrub Earth-Kind® ‘Grandma’s Blessing’ Easy Elegance
‘Les Sjulin’ Griffith Buck Grandiflora ‘Prairie Sunrise’
‘Yellow Brick Road’ Easy Elegance ‘La Marne’  Polyantha  Earth-Kind®
‘Angel Face’ Floribunda Rose ‘Winter Sunset’ Griffith Buck Shrub
‘Sophy’s Kiss’ David Austin Shrub ‘Polonaise’ Griffith Buck Grandiflora
‘Frida Kahlo®’ Floribunda Rose ‘Lion’s Fairy Tale’
‘Angel Face’ Floribunda Rose ‘Hawkeye Belle’ Griffith Buck Shrub
‘Amethyst Falls’ ‘Party Hardy’ Hybrid Tea

‘Prairie Star’

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