Growing beautiful and healthy roses in our unique desert climate can be a struggle for a gardener of any level. Just ask Steve Sheard, a longtime member of the Mesa-East Valley Rose Society (MEVRS), who will be presenting Roses in Arizona at the Sunset Library on Wednesday, November 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Steve was born in Zimbabwe, and while his father grew both roses and fruit trees, Steve wasn’t yet interested in gardening. After Steve got married, he and his wife moved to England where the twenty rose bushes in their front garden thrived and easily looked after themselves. After moving to Phoenix in 1980, he and his wife purchased twenty rose bushes for their new home, where all but two perished. “As an engineer, failure was not acceptable,” explained Steve. “Growing roses in the desert is not the same as in England!”
Steve was determined to learn as much as he could about growing and maintaining roses in the desert and that’s when he joins MEVRS. Today, he has about 150 rose bushes. As a Master Consulting Rosarian with the American Rose Society, he is able to assist others with their gardens and provide guidance.
Join Steve Sheard at the Sunset Library on November 14 at 6:30 p.m. to learn about growing and caring for roses in your garden, including selection, planting, maintenance and more. Registration is encouraged. A free rose bush will be given away to one lucky participant!
Want to learn more about roses? Check out the gardening section in our nonfiction shelves at 635.933.