Discover the Fun of Gardening

April 28, 2011   

Roses are one of the most beautiful flowers around, but most of us don't stop and smell them very often. This weekend come out to Kerby's and learn all about the first six weeks of your roses at the Rose Workshop presented by the Tampa Rose Society. It's at 10am on Saturday, April 30th. You'll learn about creating the proper soil conditions and caring for newly planted roses. Take a little time to stop and smell the roses. And if you are into something new, the nursery just received a shipment of Florida Sun Hostas. That's right, a hosta for Florida! Come see them on the boardwalk at Kerby's.

See the event calendar to get info on upcoming events. Spring is rolling right along, but there are still great workshops coming up, including herb gardening and this weekend's Tampa Rose Society's 'First Six Weeks of your Roses' workshop. It's time to Discover the Fun of Gardening.

Happy Gardening,
Kim, Joey and Mark

In This Issue

Stop and Smell
the Roses

Upcoming Events

New at the Nursery this week

Florida Sun Hostas

Stop and Smell the Roses

Everyone always asks about the different types of roses, so below is a little information about the common types: Hybrid Tea, Grandiflora, Floribunda and Climber. There are great roses in every category. What's your favorite?


Hybrid Tea - The roses that everyone wants because they produce long stems with a single large rose at the end. These are the roses that are great for cutting and making beautiful bouquets. They get their name Hybrid Tea, because they are cultivated hybrids of old fashioned tea roses. Many of these roses also have delightful fragrances, not to mention they come in a rainbow of colors.



Grandiflora - These roses were created in the mid 1900s as crosses between hybrid teas and floribundas. One of the original grandifloras was Queen Elizabeth, introduced in 1954. These roses typically appear in clusters of 3 to 5, but are still large roses like the hybrid teas.



Floribunda - These roses were introduced in 1909 as crosses of the hybrid tea roses with the profuse blooming polyantha roses. Floribundas maintain characteristics of both. The bushes tend to grow in shrub forms and bear large clusters of flowers. The flowers though have hybrid tea qualities, and are large, colorful and fragrant.

Climbers- Roses that grow in long branches that are softer than their shrubby counterparts are called climbing roses. They are great for climbing up trellises or arbors or for framing doors and windows. Climbers typically grow from 8' to 20' tall. The large red flowers and the relatively easy nature of the Don Juan rose make it a favorite climber for this area.



And so many more - There are many other types of roses. From the easy care Knockout roses (pictured) to rose trees that add great color and height to a landscape, there is bound to be a rose that catches your eye and that deserves a place in your garden.


Upcoming Events

Kerby's has lots of fun planned for the garden in 2011, including workshop favorites on vegetables, herbs and roses, as well as some new kids gardening events that will get the whole family involved. 2011 is a great year to Discover the Fun of Gardening. 



Workshop: Growing Roses
Saturday, April 30 at 10am

Presented by the Tampa Rose Society

A rose by any other name . . . can grow in your garden. Discover everything you need to plant and care for beautiful roses at this workshop presented by the Tampa Rose Society.




Workshop: Herb Gardening
Saturday, May 7th at 10:00 am

It's mother's day weekend, so treat mom to a fun workshop on herb gardening. Learn how to plant and grow all types of tasty herbs, and how to use them in cooking. We'll even have a few samples for everyone to try. A great way to share some time with mom!



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Kerby's Nursery

2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265

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Friday & Saturday,  9:00am - 7:00pm
Sunday,  9:00am - 4:00pm