Although not well known,
Renziehausen Park Rose
Garden is the second largest in the state, the first being the
Hershey Gardens in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The
garden contains over
1,800 roses. It has been named one of the ten
top favorites by the All-American Rose Selection Organization.
Rose Garden is maintained by the Garden Club of McKeesport.
The garden club was founded in 1933
and the arboretum was established in 1938. Through hard
work, generous donations, and countless plant and craft sales,
the Garden Club of McKeesport has brought the arboretum up to
the standard of national recognition. There are approximately
40 to 50 members who maintain the 3-1/2 acres of roses,
perennials, water pond, herb garden and a newly planted
butterfly garden. Their work begins in April pruning roses and
continues throughout the garden until mid-November. The garden
club also maintains a two-story clubhouse where they have
meetings, workshops, luncheons and teas.
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According to Frances Zalac, President of the Garden Club of
McKeesport, “during the summer the club averages 600 volunteer
hours a month weeding, deadheading and maintaining the rose
beds. Along with all the work comes the
pleasure of a bloom that lasts from
early spring into the fall.”
rose is a woody perennial of which there are over 100 species.
They may be in the form of shrubs and climbing or trailing
plants. The flowers are large and showy and range in color from
white through yellow and reds. Along the stem of the rose are
sharp prickles that can be likened to very coarse hairs that
arise from the outer skin of the cane; not thorns, they are
modified branches or stems. Roses range in size from compact,
miniature roses, to climbers that can reach eight feet in
height. Roses are grown for their beauty and fragrance. They
are easily hybridized to develop a wide range of garden rose
a climbing striped red and white bush with ruffled blooms, is an
excellent repeat bloomer with stunning sprays of color reaching
a height of 10-14 feet all season long. It is cold hardy and
very disease resistant.
personally chosen by the celebrity chef, is a 2006 AARS Winner.
The rose is also known in the UK as the Absolutely Fabulous
rose after the popular TV show. It is a golden butter
floribunda rose producing clusters of repeating blooms all
season long. It is a popular landscaping plant with its bright
yellow color, disease resistance, constant bloom and sweet
a 1965 AARS Winner, this velvety, deep red hybrid tea rose is
one of the most popular garden roses. The blossoms are strongly
scented and have very strong, upright stems. This rose is ideal
for a long stemmed red rose bouquet. The bushes grow four to
five feet tall and two feet across.
introduced in 2000 and winner of the AARS Award, this rose is
cold hardy, heat tolerant, disease resistant and very
floriferous. They come in a wide range of colors from cherry
red to creamy yellow. They grow four feet tall and three feet
wide. They are ideal for growing in containers or along borders
and can be easily maintained at a smaller size by pruning.
a beautiful pink grandiflora rose hybridized in 1954, is a
favorite among rose breeders around the world. The bloom of the
flower is four inches, fragrant and profuse. The bush has a
height of five to seven feet and a width of three to four feet.
Plant in well drained, fertile soil in full sun.
Space four feet apart to allow for good air circulation and
Water slowly and thoroughly. Avoid wetting the foliage as
this can spread diseases.
Fertilize when the bush first leafs out and after each flush
of bloom. Stop fertilizing after July.
Mulch to minimize weeds and maintain soil moisture.
Prune to control the size and shape of rose plants and to
encourage blooms. Most roses should be pruned in late
winter or early spring while the plant is dormant. Remove
any dead or damaged wood.
In the rose beds of Renzie Park, the garden club members maintain
their beautiful blooms by feeding a number of times during the
season with a 10-10-10 fertilizer, alfalfa pellets and Epsom
salts. They treat and spray for
black spot, midge and Japanese
beetles. The roses are kept well-watered by use of a sprinkler
The park is open to the public year round and a
tour of the garden is free. The best time to view the roses is
during the last week of May, the month of June and the month of
What the color of a
rose means when given as a gift
Photos of Roses