The Summerland Ornamental Gardens’ Rose Team smiles for the camera with the roses of the Canadian Heritage Rose Garden. (Contributed)

Canadian Heritage Rose Garden finishes first phase in time for fall

The Summerland Ornamental Gardens’ rose team celebrated earlier in October.

The Summerland Ornamental Gardens’ rose team celebrated earlier this month after they finished the first phase of the Canadian Heritage Rose Garden project.

“Many, many hours of work — planning, design, construction and planting — have gone into this project,” said team leader and rosarian, Rick Sauder. “The roses in the collection include the works of many Canadian rose breeders from the early twentieth century to the present. The 120-plus roses are now secure in their beds and anxiously waiting to bloom next June.”

The second phase of the Canadian Heritage Rose Garden will begin in the spring of 2020.

Sauder offered his thanks to all of the gardeners, volunteers and donors who contributed to the project, among them Bev and Peter Krieger and family as well as Brad Jalbert for their generous donations. John and Sharon Prendertast of Oakdale, CA are also providing some rare Canadian-bred roses not generally available commercially.

Anyone interested in contributing is asked to contact the Friends of Summerland Ornamental Gardens.

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