Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

November, 2003
Regional Report

Books

Roses For Dummies
Aside from being a friend of mine, Lance Walheim is a fabulous gardener. His book, Roses for Dummies (For Dummies, 2000; $21.99) covers everything you could possibly need to know about growing roses. There is a section of color photos of the different types of roses: hybrid teas, shrub roses, climbers, floribundas, grandifloras, and miniatures. There also is a section on what makes roses fragrant. Very interesting reading! There is a large section on the cultivation of roses in containers, as well as the basics, such as pruning, fertilizing, and watering.

Overall, Roses for Dummies is a great source of information to keep on hand if you love roses!

Web Finds

American Rose Society
Want information about roses? Go to the ultimate source, the American Rose Society. New varieties, articles written by members, a gift shop, suggested reading, and links to other rose sites, events, and activities are all listed on this easy-to-navigate site. There are experts available to answer your rose questions via e-mail. Going on vacation? Check the extensive list of linked sites to visit a public garden in the area you plan to visit. Or chat with fellow rosarians on the rose forum. The American Rose Society Web site is a must if you love roses!

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