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Roses to bloom in memory of loved ones

April 11, 2004|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

bonnieb@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, PA. - Sixteen people with trowels, rakes, shovels, and mulch beautified the front lawn of Trinity United Church of Christ in Waynesboro Saturday morning.

The group, all members of the church's Rosecraft gardening club, planted 40 rose bushes in memory or in honor of loved ones, according to Carol Mowen of Greencastle, Pa. She planted a bush in memory of her mother.

The Rosecraft group was formed last August, the result of a brainstorming session of the church's Christian Education Board, Mowen said.

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The rose garden, in a grassy circle in front of the church on West North Street, was the idea of Paul Fogle. After retiring from the Frederick County (Md.) Board of Education, he joined the South Penn Area Rose Society. He tends 37 rose bushes at the home in Quincy Village that he shares with his wife, Pat.

"The circle had grass, bushes and a sundial, but no flowers," Fogle said, so he suggested to the club that they take on a rose garden as a project.

Whoever wanted to sponsor a rose could select one from a catalog, Fogle said.

"We thought we'd get about 30 donors, and we got 40," Fogle said. The bushes were shipped bare root from Oregon.

Fogle directed the planting. Teams were assigned to plots and given detailed, written instructions on how to plant the bushes. The holes had been dug earlier - on Saturday, workers mixed dirt, peat moss, composted manure humus and Mill's Magic Rose Mix, and covered the roots of the roses with it. The bushes then were watered and mulch added to cover the plants completely.

The Fogles planted a bush in memory of their son, Timothy. Tags with the names of the donor and the person honored or memorialized will be added later.

The group planted 30 hybrid tea roses and floribundas, and 10 miniature roses. One bush was a new variety for 2004, the Firefighter Commemorative Rose.

The project will be ongoing, as roses require a regimen of spraying and general caretaking, Fogle said.

"Paul (Fogle) will teach us the proper care of the roses, including pruning and spraying," Mowen said. "In the fall, we'll learn to winterize them correctly."

"I'm surprised (the planting) went that quickly," Mowen said. "We were done in about an hour and a half. Eventually, we want to have benches out here so people can come and meditate. We're hoping it will be a beautiful place for the neighborhood to enjoy. It's exciting to see the vision become a reality. Now, we just have to keep it up."

When the planting was done, Fogle showed the participants some insecticides and pruning shears.

Anyone interested in joining the Rosecraft group may call church secretary Teresa Needham at 1-717-762-7191. The group meets the second Friday of each month, and will schedule extra meetings to care for the roses.

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