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Connie Hilker stands at the foot of American Pillar Rose, growing high into the canopy of a Red Cedar tree. Photo credit: Dayna Smith for The Washington Post
Connie Hilker, owner of Hartwood Roses in Fredericksburg, VA, will speak at the US National Arboretum on Saturday September 9 at 11 AM. The topic of her presentation is The Preservation of Heirloom Roses.
Connie is a lifelong gardener with over 600 varieties of roses in her personal collection. She is the chair of the Heritage and Preservation Committee of the American Rose Society, is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Heritage Rose Foundation, and Old Garden Rose Chairperson for the American Rose Society Colonial District. Connie manages the documentation, preservation, and restoration of the historic rose collection at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, VA, and is the rose consultant at the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants at Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia.
This event is presented by our friends at the Herb Society of America: Potomac Unit. For questions about this program, please contact HSA Potomac here: https://www.herbsocietypotomac.org/contact-us
The program is FREE and guests are encouraged. There is plenty of free parking at the arboretum, and refreshments will be served. PRS last met with HSA Potomac in January 2019, when Mary Lou Winder demonstrated how to make rose beads, and exhibited some of the beautiful rose bead jewelry made by HSA members.
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