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Preparing your Roses for Winter & ASK Ray! with ARS Master Rosarian Ray Shipley

  • 21 Nov 2021
  • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • On-Line
  • 42


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                                               Photo credit Park Seed

Join The Potomac Rose Society to learn how to protect your roses from winter damage.  Due to geography, Ray’s rose garden in the mountains of western Maryland has more extreme winter protection requirements than possibly any other location in the American Rose Society's Colonial District.  However, the winter protection strategy that’s best for you will depend on the USDA Hardiness Zone and weather conditions specific to your location.  In this presentation, Ray will discuss winterization tactics ranging from little or no protection to extreme protection, depending on your local conditions. Ray will also discuss how pruning and fertilization effect winter protection.

After we learn how to put our roses to bed for the winter, Ray will answer your questions on ANY rose topic.  PRS members are invited to submit your rose questions for Ray in advance via email to:, with email subject:  Ask Ray!

Ray Shipley is the former Director of the American Rose Society’s Colonial District, a Consulting Rosarian since 2005 and a Master Rosarian since 2015.  He and his wife Marie grow over 230 roses in beautiful Allegany County Maryland.