Pella Chronicle


September 2, 2011

Master Gardener class on roses to be held in Albia

Pella — On September 8, at 6:30 p.m., the Monroe County Master Gardeners will hold “Rose Basics” an educational class at the gardens of Tom and Camilla Williamson 308 South D Street, Albia Iowa. The presentation by Tom Williamson, will feature discussion of rose problems and solutions, rose groupings, and will offer hands-on tips and techniques.

A Master Gardener since January 2009, Tom has 25 years experience growing roses, In fact, his sentimental favorite, a hybrid tea rose from Jackson & Perkins called “Snowfire”, has been growing in the same place for the last 25 years.

Williamson’s love of gardening didn’t begin in his youth, when he considered himself ‘forced labor’ and vowed not to garden when he was independent. That resolution was kept until the age of 30, when he and wife Camilla purchased their current home with two lots. Tom found himself unable to resist experimenting with gardening, especially after receiving a few seed catalogs. When the kids were too old to play in the back lot, Williamson decided to try landscaping and “things just got out of control from there”. The resulting garden is spectacular and has been featured in the “Iowa Gardening” magazine, the RFD TV Magazine.

Bring your lawn-chairs and enjoy this free, open to the public class. Refreshments will be served by Master Gardeners.

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