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Take a Rose Trip

After you get poised for poinsettias in Washington County (Poinsettia Celebration, Nov. 20-21, at Ellison’s Greenhouses, Brenham; see story, page 44), may we suggest you take yet another road trip in that direction, this time to stop and smell the roses?

At The Antique Rose Emporium in Independence, other plants may share the spotlight, but roses star in the show. During the annual Fall Festival, November 5-7 this year, the staff will share why they’ve carried on a love affair with antique roses for more than a decade. Free van tours will take visitors through the fragrant growing fields (12 acres’ worth) and past a Victorian-style home and private greenhouses. Ten speakers will share their expertise in such topics as gardening with salvia, the gardens of Spain, cutting and propagating roses, and gardening to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Be sure to take time to see the herb garden, butterfly garden, native plant gardens, arbors of climbing roses and vines, and the formal rose hedges decorating the grounds. And, as always, you can buy (and learn how to grow) more than 250 varieties of roses, most grown from rootstock that has thrived in Texas for more than a century.

The Antique Rose Emporium is about 12 miles north of Brenham on Farm-to-Market Road 50 in Independence. The festival runs 9-6 all three days; admission is free. Write to 9300 Lueckemeyer Road, Brenham 77833, or call 409/836-5548. To request a catalog, call 409/836-9051 or 800/441-0002.

From the November 1999 issue.

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