Rose Garden

Growing Roses

Roses have a reputation for being difficult to grow in New York’s climate. While many roses are susceptible to damage from insects and diseases, Garden horticulturists have worked with growers across the United States and Europe to assemble a collection that features species roses, ancient cultivars, and disease-resistant, drought-tolerant hybrids that thrive in this region and grow with minimal use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

The horticulturists who care for the Rose Garden employ techniques that keep the roses healthy and vigorous. Pruning or cutting back branches and dead foliage facilitates air circulation around the plant, mulching maintains nutrient-rich soil, and watering schedules ensure that the plants receive the appropriate amount of water. To ensure the beauty of the Rose Garden, horticulturists monitor the garden constantly for signs of pests or diseases and apply the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). IPM is an approach to pest management that employs knowledge of plants and their pests, and careful monitoring for potential problems, to find solutions that use the least toxic option. By choosing disease-resistant roses and applying best horticultural practices, NYBG gardeners have been able to substantially reduce the use of chemicals in the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden.

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