Roses, roses and more roses


If you ever wanted to learn about roses, this is the weekend you have been waiting for! The Golden Triangle Rose Society of Southeast Texas (GTRS) is inviting you to its annual free rose seminar. They are also extending an invite to their regular meetings and annual rose pruning and planting demonstrations in February.

So, this active group’s first event is in a couple of days. Slip your Uggs and jackets on and make it this Saturday, Jan. 16, from 9-11 a.m. to the Beaumont Botanical Gardens at 6088 Babe Zaharias Drive. This is where you will find the friendliest and most knowledgeable “rose experts” anywhere in Texas. You’ll learn about growing beautiful fragrant roses. President Gerald Jones says that they will be giving away about a dozen rose plants at the meeting, too. The annual rose seminar is free. 

This is just one of the upcoming activities of GTRS. Syble Jeffcoat, spokesperson and member of GTRS, reminds us that the first GTRS annual rose pruning and planting demonstration will be held Feb. 6. The public is invited. You can meet up with the group at 8 a.m. at the Wesley United Methodist Church at 3810 N. Major Drive in Beaumont. They are going to cut back the roses at the church and then move to the McFaddin-Ward House rose garden around 10 a.m. to trim the roses in that garden. This is a popular event because you not only learn how to cut back roses but you can go home with some free rose cuttings. Syble Jeffcoat, “All rose cutting and information is free. Bring a bag or box for your cuttings.”

The second rose pruning event will take place Feb. 13. Meet the rosarians at Tyrrell Park in the fabulous rose garden at 9 a.m. to learn how the experts trim their roses. Rose clippings will be available there too.

Syble Jeffcoat and Gerald Jones, president, invite you to their regular club meetings as well. “Our group meets the first Thursday of each month. We have interesting programs on rose culture and forums conducted by prominent rosarians.” Jones and the members will make sure that you feel welcome. You can enjoy not only the refreshments, but also fellowship.

The well-attended Fall Rose Show back in November gave bragging rights to Dale Dardeau with his winning entry rose called “Crescendo.” Jones says, “There were some good blooms in the show despite some rainy weather.”

While you are in the Tyrrell Park area this weekend, peak into the 10,000 square foot Warren Loose Conservatory and take a walk around the beautiful grounds of the Tyrrell Park Botanical Gardens.