North America covers an area of about 24,709,000 square kilometers (9,540,000 square miles,) about 16.5% of the earth's land area and about 4.8% of its total surface. With about 20 species roses native to this large land mass, and a rose-friendly climate, one can easily understand why, over the centuries, North America has evolved to possess a plethora of beautiful rose gardens. This lecture will touch upon some of North America's lesser-known outstanding rose gardens. Expect to learn about, and see, not only superb rose gardens, but also count on finding out what makes each and every one of them so very special. One garden, once established, became so successful, it spurred the establishment of a number of other satellite gardens.
Another garden, quite a large one at that, was constructed above a highway tunnel and continues to thrive nonetheless. Then plan to hear about a garden that now contains 7300 impeccably maintained bushes that almost never came to be - because neither the Mayor nor City Council showed any interest in the project. Lastly, despite the best efforts of a garden's horticulture team, the collection had suffered in recent years - as using environmentally-friendly treatments could not outweigh the reality that the garden was made up of a large monoculture of disease-prone Hybrid teas and Floribunda roses in the shadow of large shade trees; fortunately, the problem was recognized and construction was planned to rejuvenate the garden - sacrificing a year of roses in order to take the rose garden in a bold new direction. Whether you are interested in visiting these lesser-known gardens one day, or you simply wish to experience their beauty and unique evolutionary accounts from the comfort of the lecture hall, expect to be wowed by these "Great North American Rose Gardens You've Never Heard Of.