Roses to sigh over, and roses to smell.
The rose show and exhibition at Penrose Library on Saturday featured nearly 150 varieties grown by local enthusiasts.
Roses only need sunlight and water and dirt to grow in Colorado, said Georgie Bever, Rose Exhibition Day chairwoman.
“A hybrid tea rose will take a minimum of two gallons of water a day,” she said — less that a lawn would need. A little fertilizer also helps, she said.
Although there are more than 5,000 named roses, the best ones for the Pikes Peak region are hybridized especially for the cold, said Bev Watry, event chairwoman.
“For some reason, mini-roses love the Front Range,” she said.
Brooke Heischmidt and her fiance were studying at the library and decided to stop by the show.
Heischmidt doesn’t grow roses now, but is looking forward to when she can, she said.
“Roses are a fascination of mine,” she said. “They smell so good.”
For now, her roses consist of the bunches her fiance brings. He enjoyed the rose displays, too.
“I’m learning what she likes, said the groom-to-be, John Fischer.
The Pikes Peak Rose Society is the local chapter of the American Rose Society.
“It’s a very diverse group,” said Barb Money. They meet regularly, and member gatherings often have a little contest that varies from month to month, including “ugliest rose.”
The Pikes Peak group hosts an annual rose show in the summer, with many more roses, rose arrangements, professional judging.
People visit from neighboring states to show off their flowers, Bever said.
Although the group doesn’t meet during the coldest months of the year, members are still thinking rosy thoughts.
“In January, I look at the catalogs,” she said.
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