Avery Park Rose Garden, Spring 2013 update
“When the rose garden was in bloom last year, I could smell them from the parking lot.”
Parks landscaper America McMillan is very happy with how her roses have been responding to soil biology inoculation. A gem of the Corvallis city parks system, Avery Park rose garden is frequented by rose enthusiasts, wedding guests, and children who want to smell the roses. When she came to Earthfort for a local fertilizer source, she didn’t yet know that she would also save the city money in not using fungicides and other chemicals on the rose garden. But that is exactly what she did. “All they’ve gotten is water,” she says of the roses after last years’ treatment with Earthfort’s ProVide and ReVive. She points out the Europeana roses that are particularly susceptible to powdery mildew, their new growth healthy, mildew-free, and more importantly, fungicide-free. Inoculation with soil biology appears to be improving the health of the roses so much that their scents are more potent. What would a re-inoculation of healthy soil biology do for your tomatoes? Try a test plot in your farm or garden, and please let us know what you find. This spring in Avery Park, America has submitted soil to our lab from rhododendrons that are not thriving. We will treat them according to the soil biology test results, and update you with what we find!
The Rose Garden in Avery Park, Corvallis Oregon was created in 1956 and has 1200 plants featuring over 250 varieties of roses. The All-American Rose Selection has designated the Avery Rose Garden as one of 139 official display gardens to display the AAR winner each year. The garden is a favorite spot for wedding parties and their photographers.
The roses had been maintained with traditional fungal and insect control products until late summer of 2011. The Corvallis Parks Department made a switch to Earthfort products. These all-natural products are registered with the Oregon Department of Agriculture and made with close attention to quality control.
The Park staff applies the products monthly with both soil-drench and foliar methods. The plants exhibit strong growth and healthy blooms. Beneficial insects abound and are available to pollinate the flowers; harmful insects are controlled in a non-toxic manner. The staff does not need special protective gear during the application process; park visitors can enter the treated area as soon as the staff is finished.