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Central Coast Rose Manual: Creating a Personal Rose Garden

Articles: Central Coast Rose Manual: Creating a Personal Rose Garden

Joseph Truskot is a highly skilled rose grower: the American Rose Society has awarded him the title of Master Consulting Rosarian. For the past thirteen years, he has been sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm about roses as editor of The Bay Rose, the monthly newsletter of the Monterey Bay Rose Society.

Truskot's new book is a compilation of his writing for that newsletter, but he has edited his work inventively so that the chapters no longer resemble newsletter articles. The chapters, which are organized by calendar month, combine seasonal notes on timely topics with the spontaneous thoughts of an avid rose gardener, all in a conversational tone. Each chapter provides valuable guidance for growing roses successfully, focusing in most cases on hybrid teas, floribundas, grandifloras, and shrub roses.

This schedule of cultivation is the largest section, but the book includes additional sections: a monthly Activity Calendar, Species and Cultivars, Terminology, Rose Gardening Essentials, and Common Rose Challenges, which include diseases, large and small pests, weeds, and chlorosis. There is also a selective bibliography, a brief biography of the author, and a thorough index, whi...

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