The Courier-Record

COMING UP ROSES

DAR enjoys program in Victoria
Rose enthusiasts Joan Reid (left) of Varina and Julie Ashman of Amelia shared their vast knowledge of rose cultivation with members of the William Taylor Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. All-American Flowers

Rose enthusiasts Joan Reid (left) of Varina and Julie Ashman of Amelia shared their vast knowledge of rose cultivation with members of the William Taylor Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. All-American Flowers

The national flower of the United States of America is the rose.

A 1986 proclamation making that declaration reads, ”More often than any other flower, we hold the rose dear as the symbol of life and love and devotion, of beauty and eternity.”

Thus it was fitting that members of the patriotic Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently learned more about roses.

Members of the William Taylor Chapter welcomed two experienced growers of roses to present a fascinating program at the October meeting of the local DAR chapter in Victoria.

Julie Ashman of Amelia County, a new member of the DAR chapter, grows 150 roses on her family farm in Amelia.

Joan Reid of Varina, an avid gardener since youth, grows more than 200 roses, an outgrowth of a project to restore her family’s formal rose garden. Both ladies are active members of the Richmond Rose Society and the American Rose Society.

Mrs. Ashman often writes articles for rose and garden publications and enjoys giving presentations.

Mrs. Reid has an additional passion for photography and has won numerous awards for her images as well as her roses.

Both ladies shared their areas of expertise with the group. Mrs. Ashman gave wonderful tips on cultivation of roses and ways to keep them healthy and flourishing, while Mrs. Reid concentrated on tips for taking successful photographs of roses, using her own photographs as examples.

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