Wednesday, December 1, 2021

President's Message - December 2021

Holiday Greeting to our Gainesville Area Rosarians,

We and our roses are certainly enjoying the cooler weather. Roses which looked pitiful a few months ago are flourishing. This is the season when several holidays converge—Hannukah and Christmas come to mind. Although true roses are not frequently mentioned in the bible, their association with the gods goes back to Greek and Roman times and probably much further and in many cultures. Purity was symbolized by the white rose and Aphrodite was said to have run to her dying lover’s side, heedless of the prickly white roses under her feet. Her blood turned the roses red. In Medieval times, St. Mary, whom many revere at this time of year, was referenced:

There is no rose of such vertu
As is the rose that bare Jesu.
Alleluia, Alleluia,
For in this rose contein├Ęd was
Heaven and earth in litel space,
Res miranda, Res miranda.

Roses continued to have great religious, romantic, and even political significance. First, a reminder of our traditional holiday party in Melrose at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 12.

Please RSVP, if you have not yet done it, so we know how many places to set. Mary Menoski has the sign-up sheet included so you can see what dishes are needed.

You are welcome to bring families and guests. The location is easy to find. From State Road 26, turn north on Centre Street and travel one block.

At our January 9 meeting, we will have a rose information round table. This is a good opportunity to learn more about growing roses in north central Florida. We will also discuss the proposed project to enhance the rose garden at Kanapaha Gardens. We are asking member to thoughtfully consider participation. When the Memorial Committee visited, the garden was in much better condition than we expected, but needs the addition of some rose varieties that will flourish without a lot of care. The arbor which was envisioned as a site for weddings needs refurbishing and planting. We don’t anticipate that GRS will be responsible for routine maintenance although individuals might want to volunteer. The February 13 Pruning Workday at the gardens, will give members a chance to see the rose garden.


Jean Giesel, President

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