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Mission Rose Garden
updated: Jan 09, 2014, 1:01 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

A very polite city employee spoke to me about the Mission Rose Gardens. He said they are removing 6 - 8 types of rose from a bed and replacing them with just one type. My question is - do the citizens have any input into this type of action? The great variety has always been, in my opinion, one of the gorgeous things about our rose garden.

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 COMMENT 483905 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-09 01:17 PM

They were deemed to be invasive. The new ones will be beautiful.


 COMMENT 483907P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-09 01:23 PM

The city tree & plant people must know what they are doing here. After all, they're getting paid to make decisions to help keep SB beautiful.


 COMMENT 483923 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-09 01:48 PM

Of course you don't. Why would you?

If you WANT a say in what is going on in the rose garden then you should join the Rose Society. Or get a job with Parks & Rec.


 COMMENT 483925 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-09 01:52 PM

Contact the department doing the work, and ask how you can give input. If they blow you off, let the elected officials know how their staff is treating a taxpayer and involved citizen. The electeds hate bad press and will often contact the city department to make sure it is performing their public outreach the way they are supposed to.


 COMMENT 483936 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-09 02:04 PM

Ask the Rose Society, I think they work with the city to maintain the rose garden. It's likely they requested it or at least were consulted.


 COMMENT 483937 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-09 02:04 PM

We were up there on Christmas Day and it was obvious that while most roses were thriving, there were some that didn't look so happy. Let's hope the new ones will be very happy and make all who visit this lovely corner of SB happy too!


 COMMENT 483957P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-09 03:12 PM

I went to one of the rose pruning days some years ago and got a very wise statement from the man running it.

"Don't get attached to your roses."


 COMMENT 483976 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-09 04:15 PM

Roses requires constant watering in the summer. Why don't we remove the roses and replace them with drought tolerant shrubs? Also, what's with all the grass there? Doesn't that also consume massive amounts of water to stay green? Yank it out and replace with bark or decorative rock.


 COMMENT 483978 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-09 04:19 PM

976 - Absolutely no fresh water is used for either the grass or the roses. All reclaimed water.


 COMMENT 483991P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-09 05:26 PM

@937 - The roses don't look "happy" because it's the time of season that they all get trimmed back for the winter. Pruned back.


 COMMENT 484005 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-09 06:16 PM

While I do not know the reason this year, last year the Rose Society was able to sell some of the displaced roses from the A C Postel Rose garden.

And thanks to the hard work of the volunteers and city employees, and due to the prime location, the replacement roses were donated by the distributor.

As a serious rose lover, I can tell you that often a rose that sounds like it should be wonderful, ends up not being that great. Might need spraying, there are many roses that do not! It might not rebloom often and there are many that bloom better. Or it could be a size issue, too tall or too wide. But there are many reasons to remove a rose.

And with that, I will take the shovel to a few of my own.


 KDEF agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-09 08:22 PM

With the availability of internet communication such as Edhat, Parks and Rec needs to publicly post what varieties of roses are to be removed and why. Also post what varieties are proposed as replacements. This openness should apply to all major plant or tree removal.


 COMMENT 484034 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-09 08:26 PM



 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-10 07:45 AM

I'm sure the Rose Society has the final word on the garden; workers only sent to carry out their desires; not really a City decision. There must be a good reason to remove certain bushes.


 COMMENT 484082 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-10 08:04 AM

KDEF the Parks and Rec has been slashed to deal with our "great depression" (47 million Americans on wellfare). The city has to spend $$ on more important things for now.


 COMMENT 484085 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-10 08:15 AM

With all that free time, consider volunteering Saturday to help trim the roses. Dig a little deeper and learn some background on the garden. I think it's also a demonstration or test garden for American rose society or some such entity.

KDEF, my friend, lets ask the MARKETING COORDINATOR FOR THE PARKS AND REC DEPARTMENT to perform the task you suggested. Otherwise eliminate the position. Doesn't pass the sniff test. Wasting our dollars on marketing when the parks themselves are woefully under-maintained. The groundskeepers might even get a sorely needed morale boost if the marketing coordinator position became a boots and shovel employee. I hate seeing the beaten down look on Santo's face. Support the people who actually produce tangible results; nicer parks for all, or more weddings and private events?

S'Auntie Barbara


 RHS agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-10 10:00 AM

KDEF would be besides him/herself if govt employees were to spend their time responding to and publishing such notices. There is such a thing as representative government. We hire experts all the time to do things they are trained to do and if they don't do them well I expect my elected representative to do something but I don't want this sort of ill informed citizen kangaroo jury going on. And, as a person who has grown roses for decades, I second the comments that you have to be willing to move on when a rose is not performing well in your garden.


 COMMENT 484162 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-10 10:38 AM

RHS, the cow has already left the barn: an taxpayer-support parks employee already exists whose sole purpose is "to spend time responding to and publishing such notices". It ain't right, but there it is. My own 2 cents is that this person should just issue a very brief press release regarding future plans of the rose garden due to the (apparent) concern of many taxpayers.


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