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Year End Summary
By Linda Pitra
Posted: 2022-11-03T15:31:45Z

Well, here we are at the end of a very active, productive, fun season in the rose garden. Our dedicated members, and the staff at the Vanderbilt Museum, have accomplished so much since the start of this restoration!


A summary of our major accomplishments are:

- Restored the historic fountain.

- Installed a custom arbor and six trellises.

- Tested and amended soil pH to align with rose needs.

- Purchased and planted 53 disease resistant roses, eight boxwoods, two Japanese Maples and many beneficials. (Four more roses are on order to be delivered in the Spring and 3 more will be ordered in November for Spring delivery.)

- Obtained donations and planted 25 hydrangeas.

- Installed a drip irrigation system.

- Purchased name plates to identify roses and Japanese Maples. (To be installed in the Spring.)

- Incorporated memorial bricks into the brick pathway.

- Lots of sharing our love of gardening!!!


We accomplished all the above while, at the same time, we continued our maintenance of the garden by pulling weeds, fertilizing, deadheading, mulching, etc. Phew! We are both so grateful for the amazing support from club members and the museum staff. And we can’t wait for the Spring to see the new growth on all our new plantings. Thanks everyone!!


Linda Pitra & Nancy Schwarts Co-Chairs

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