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Caring for roses

Lanier Library will offer a free gardening program, “The Easy Rose” with nationally known rosier Paul Zimmerman, online through Facebook, Wednesday, May 20 at noon.

Zimmerman is the owner of Paul Zimmerman Roses, in Campobello. His resume is lengthy and includes being: Head of Design for the Jackson & Perkins Landscape & Design Team; Exclusive Rose Consultant to Biltmore Estate; author of Everyday Roses- How To Grow Knockout And Other Modern Garden Roses; and host of “Roses Are Plants Too” on the Fine Gardening magazine website.

“Everyone loves roses, but the idea of growing them can to be daunting,” says Lanier Library Executive Director Jenny Purtill. “Paul takes the intimidation out of rose gardening, so we thought he would offer the perfect springtime program.”

Social distancing guidelines required the cancellation of library programs this spring, but Purtill decided timing was everything with this program and found a way to make it work.

“We will schedule a streaming video of the program on the library’s Facebook page and invite people to tune in,” she says. “All you have to do is visit the Lanier Library Association page on Facebook at noon on May 20. You will see a notice that we are going live and you can select the arrow button to join us. You will have the opportunity, during the live program, to ask Paul any questions you might have about roses by typing them in the comments section, and he will answer them during the program.” The program will continue to be available for viewing after the live streaming, but will no longer be interactive.

If you are not already following the library on Facebook, “follow” them today (https://business.facebook.com/lanierlibraryassociation/), and then on Wednesday, May 20 at noon go to the site, click the button and participate on your computer. Simple, fun, free and totally safe.

Submitted by Clare O’Sheel