By Christine Morton SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) – As National Red Rose Day unfolded Tuesday, Pam Dooling was immersed in one of her favorite activities since she was a little girl.
Inspired by her father, Dooling said as she grew up and became a homeowner she made sure to plant her own rose garden. Now as the president of the Syracuse Rose Society, she has an even bigger rose garden to tend to.
Dooling and her Rose Society friends take care of more than 3,000 rose bushes blooming in E.M. Mills Memorial Rose Garden in Thornden Park. Among the multitude of colorful roses, you can see in the community park are Hybrid Tea, Flora Bunda, GrandFlora, Climbers and Shrubs.
Dooling said her favorite roses are the Marilyn Monroe because of their beautiful peach color.
Beyond simply colors, roses have been associated with a range of different occasions. Dooling said long-stemmed red roses have been associated with love while hybrid tea roses are the ones seen when Miss America crosses the stage.
For those gardening at home, you might find it difficult to protect the beauties from critters such as deer, rabbits, and other invaders. Dooling recommends planting Marigold’s around them because it has a potent fragrance that will keep them running off in another direction.
The Syracuse Rose Society‘s upcoming events include:
- Rose Day at the E.M. Mills Memorial Rose Garden in Thornden Park on Wednesday, June 27, from noon until 3 p.m. Light refreshments and music will be provided.
- June Rose Show on Saturday, June 23, from 1-4 p.m. at Destiny U.S.A.