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NEWBERRY — The Newberry County Master Gardener welcomed Bill Patterson, owner of Roses Unlimited in Laurens to their recent meeting.

Patterson’s presentation touched on aspects of rose history and care. He gave several tips on choosing rose varieties depending on a desire for number of blooms, fragrance or disease resistance. Planting and pruning procedures were also discussed.

In recognition of South Carolina gardening, he recommended growing one type of noisette rose as it was developed in Charleston in the early 1800s. Those wishing to further their interest in roses can visit the S.C. State Fair on Oct. 11 or the Union County Fair on Oct. 15.

Anyone who has completed the master gardener program in South Carolina or elsewhere is invited to join the Newberry County Master Gardener Association. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month at the Clemson Extension office, 1860 Wilson Road in Newberry.

For anyone wishing to become a master gardener, visit the Clemson Extension website at www.clemson.edu/extension/mg/about/index.html to find out about nearby and online classes or call the president of the Newberry chapter at 803-276-3193.

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