Rose forum planned for Pittsworth in August

ROSE enthusiasts are in for a treat in Pittsworth.

Local nursery owner Penny McKinlay has organised a Rose Forum for Wednesday, August 19, 9am-4pm at the Pittsworth Function Centre.

Six rose experts will share their knowledge as well as demonstrating useful techniques.

Participants will have the chance to ask for advice and there will be plants on sale.

Cost of $30 provides morning tea and lunch.

A talented and passionate group of gardeners will speak. Barb Wicks from Buderim is an expert on salvia and old roses.

Lois Roberts grows many Alister Clark roses, old roses and Harold Swim roses at her Drillham property. Charles Shan from Warwick is a salvia guru but he is also great with roses. Leonie Kearney owns a rose nursery at Samford with a wide range of polyantha and old roses, many grown by cutting. Dawn Eldridge is the niece of the very well-known Australian rose breeder Frank Riethmuller.

She grows all of his roses in Crows Nest including Carabella, Esmerelda and Spring Song. Gay Kearey of Pittsworth loves her roses passionately and is an expert in the care and fertilising of them.

The forum is a fund raiser for the recently formed Gardens of the Downs committee which plans to stage open garden days on the Darling Downs to replace the now defunct Open Gardens Australia.

To book your forum tickets please email or ring Belinda on 0427 932 033.

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