Growing beautiful and healthy roses in our unique desert climate can be a struggle for a gardener of any level. Just ask Steve Sheard, a longtime member of the Mesa-East Valley Rose Society (MEVRS) and presenter of the upcoming program, “Roses in Arizona,” which will be held at the Chandler Sunset Library at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018.
Sheard will present information about rose selection, planting, maintenance, and more. A free rose bush will be given away to one lucky participant. The Chandler Sunset Library is located at 4930 W. Ray Road.
Sheard was born in Zimbabwe, and while his father grew both roses and fruit trees, Steve wasn’t yet interested in gardening. After getting married, he and his new wife moved to England where the twenty rose bushes in their front garden thrived, and easily looked after themselves. After moving to Phoenix in 1980, Sheard and his wife purchased twenty rose bushes for their new home and all but two perished.
“As an engineer, failure was not acceptable,” explained Steve. “Growing roses in the desert is not the same as in England!” Determined to learn as much as he could about growing and maintaining roses in the desert, Steve soon joined MEVRS. Today, he has about 150 rose bushes, is a Master Consulting Rosarian with the American Rose Society and he is able to assist others with their gardens and provide guidance.
Register for this program online or call 480-782-2800.