Preparation: Select a location with 6-8 hours full sun where you want to spend time that has a water source. Add elements for the pleasure and perception of your 5 senses, Sight; the roses and companion plants that attract pollinators. Hearing; wind chimes or a water fall type fountain for the relaxing sound of water Smell; fragrant roses and flowers, and add the beverage of your choice champagne, wine, iced tea, coffee. And we can add thermoception (temperature differences) by carefully choosing the location of a bench or swing in the shade or sun. Sound; wind chimes or a water fountain, Wind chimes, sound; the roses, sight; touch, textured companion plants like Mondo grass; smell, roses. Add your favorite beverage for taste, like champagne and hear the tinkling of the bubbles. Meditate, pray and stimulate the 6th sense plant these three roses according to instructions, add a fountain, decor, like wind chimes, a beautiful bench and companion plants and you’ve got your self a rose garden. Children and grown ups alike love my geese girls that I dress for holidays. The most important ingredient of all is Love. A garden is a gathering place for loved ones.
*Mills Magic Rose Mix is the perfect blend of organic soil amendments that I personally used to buy separately in 40-50 pound bags at the feed store, transport home and mix in a huge wheelbarrow and separate in 5-gallon pails. Now I just use this product exclusively. So if there is a secret to rose success this is it.
Review: Before and after photos of the Futaba Rose Garden appeared in an article called â€œRoses Abroadâ€, written by Akira Ogawa in the July/Aug 2013 issue of The American Rose Magazine of The American Rose Society. I was so moved and stricken with such sorrow and grief for Okada, his family and the people of Futaba Town, I contacted the honorable Akira Ogawa expressing my sincere sorrow for their loss due to the Great East Japan Earthquake measuring 9.0 at 2.46 pm on Friday, March 11, 2011. The earthquake, created the tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster at the three Fukushima Daiichi reactors which combined effect of loss and devastation shall be felt for generations. Mr. Akira Ogawa and I have stayed in touch. On New Yearâ€™s Eve of 2014, I opened a package from Mr. Ogawa, it was the book called The Rose Garden of Fukushima by Maya Moore.
I shall always treasure it;
it is the story of one of the â€œcountless narratives that unfolded from the momentous tragedies of the great Tohoku Earthquake and explosion at the nuclear plantâ€. Ms. Moore tells the story of how the Futaba Rose Garden was designed, built and maintained by one man, Katsuhide â€œKatzâ€ Okada, and his wife Kazuko and their family over the course of 50 years with pictures of the garden before the earthquake and nuclear disaster of March 11, 2011, and pictures of the garden as it stands now after the disaster occurred and its devastating effects on the landscape. Katz began his dream garden when he was only 17, with the support of his father, and would end up â€œcreating an oasis unparalleled in the country, if not the world.â€ 50,000 people came to visit the rose garden each year in Futaba Town nestled in Japanâ€™s historical Soma region. Ms. Mooreâ€™s book is a pictorial of how a little town and its beautiful garden nestled in a pristine setting so close to a sleeping dragon eventually came to be swallowed up by the beast.
Katz dream was to build the garden
upon four key concepts he called foundation stones, â€œNatural,â€ â€œGreen,â€ â€œAtmospheric,â€ and of course â€œRoses.â€ His first task was to modulate the space with visual rhythms. This is a powerful force he put in play with Himalayan cedars and vertical design elements. Ms. Mooreâ€™s book is a treasure that captures the visual beauty of the gardenâ€™s design elements. It also tells the story of what happened on that momentous day in March on another 11th day we have in common with the people of Japan that changed the world forever when this garden and so many lives ceased to exist. In Ms. Mooreâ€™s beautiful chronology of the story of the garden as I turned the pages upon reaching page 82, I began to cry at the sight of the garden as it stands today frozen in the despair of that fateful day.
But remnants of the beauty remain
draped in an arbor once so beautiful but now poised as if in anguish shown in the picture on page 85. Some of the pictures actually look like a snarled web of destruction, within a wilderness of among wisps of frightened loneliness. The pictures on page 87 depict such barrenness and a statue once beautiful frozen as if asking an eternal question of why? Katz was inspired to tell the history of roses to visitors in a chronology from Wild Roses to Modern Roses so visitors would know the history of roses.
Ms. Moores book includes the history
of the garden and a lesson we need to remember of the fragility of life. Countless people drew beauty and wonder from the Fukushima Rose garden, now this book by Maya Moore captures this story for all time. I am so thankful that the honorable Akira Ogawa sent me The Rose Garden of Fukushima by Maya Moore, and he wrote about Katz Okada and his Fukushima Rose Garden for The American Rose magazine. Ms Moore captured for all time how one manâ€™s dream became a reality, as it was and as it is today so we never forget. All of life is but a vapor that can be gone in an instant, but hope endures in the human spirit and in all living things. Katz at the end was beginning anew with his roses and Ms. Moore tells the story eloquently. Ms. Mooreâ€™s book is a beautiful work that I highly recommend.
The American Rose Society leadership invited the worlds leading authorities on roses to come and they’re all coming. That’s just a fact. Simply stated the most famous hybridizers and rose authorities in the world will be there: Michael Marriott, David Austin Roses of the UK.
Alain Meilland from Meilland International, whose family “got into roses” around 1850, creator of the worlds most famous rose, ‘Peace’; and roses that continue to make an impact across the world.
Thomas Proll, Lead Breeder of Kordes Roses, Germany; Steve Hutton, President and CEO of Conard-Pyle Co./StarÂ® Roses; Dr. Dave Byrne, AgriLife Research Horticulturist of Texas A&M; and Dr. Jim Sproul, General Director, Rose Hybridizers Assoc., Bakersfield, CA. This meeting will include the swearing in of the new American Rose Society president Ms. Pat Shanley and the newly elected Vice President Mr. Robert Martin, who will also be doing a presentation on showing roses. And we will thank Ms. Jolene Adams and current officers for their service. If you can come to this convention I can truly say this is the most outstanding line-up of speakers I have ever seen at a convention. Come join us whether you are interested in roses, gardening, learning or socializing there’s lots for you to do. And we would love to meet you. The dates are September 10-13, 2015, Syracuse, New York at the Holiday Inn, Syracuse. If the hotel is booked they have an adjoining hotel and many others in the area. Or plan a day trip. Call ARS if you need any details or contact me via this post.
The name of the photography presentation that I am so honored to have been asked to be a part of is:
Getting That Award-Winning Rose PHOTO
American Rose Society Fall Convention: Friday, September 11, 2015: 1:15-2:15 Syracuse, NY, Holiday Inn, Syracuse
Corona Tools, is sponsoring a special surprise for attendees to the photography session
The moderator of our photography presentation will be Curtis Aumiller, ARS National Chair of Photography from Camp Hill , PA. The panelists are Bill Kozemchak, Levittown, PA; Sally Long, El Cajon, CA; and John Mattia, Orange, CA., I was asked to be part of this panel and I am ecstatic about it.
My Rosechat friends Teresa Byington and Chris VanCleave are the Rose Show Award Presentation Master of Ceremonies as well so we will be doing a live twitter feed that night promoting the event via Rosechat and twitter. Especially if you live anywhere close so that you can make this a week-end or a day trip just check out the schedule below. I guarantee you will make friends for life.