Rose expert shares in gardener's success

By Bea Walker for the News-Leader
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The UF/IFAS Nassau County Master Gardeners offer Landscape Matters classes January through October (except July and August). Paul Gosnell has conducted the class on roses since 2007. His classes are fun, informative and well attended and he has developed a reputation for his expertise.

This year's class reviewed information on planting, maintenance and pruning, and each person was given a Rose Maintenance Calendar for 2010. Each attendee completes an evaluation and is asked what "practice" they will implement. We are hopeful they will implement all of the practices.

Martha Conn of Yulee attended the class in February and decided to take Gosnell's advice seriously. She went home and pruned her roses as directed. Then she started the fertilization treatments and she was stunned at the results. Her roses are now all thriving - a welcome change from past years.

Gosnell makes an offer to each attendee: he will give each of them one visit for a consultation. Recently, Conn came into the extension office to request such a visit from Gosnell. She was eager to show him that her roses are now beautiful - all because she is doing what he said.

So on Tuesday, Gosnell went to visit Conn and her roses. She was pleased with his response: "They look good!" He offered some additional advice, including products to use and referred her to the extension website information on roses,

Conn says, "I wanted him to see that I was following his directions and the results are beautiful. My roses have never looked this good!"

All Landscape Matters classes are conducted by UF/IFAS Nassau County Master Gardeners and are free and open to the public. The schedule is posted at

The next class is May 19 on violets and will be conducted by Master Gardener volunteer Beverly Stormoen.

Bea Walker is a Nassau County Master Gardener volunteer.

Story created May 03, 2010 - 07:54:46 PDT.



Paul Gosnell

Nassau County Master Gardener volunteer Paul Gosnell visits Martha Conn of Yulee and her roses this week. Conn attended Gosnell's Landscape Matters class on roses in February and has been following his maintenance plan and is stunned by the results. Photo by Gil Conn/For the News-Leader