FARMERS BRANCH ~ Now that the EarthKind Rose trial is over, the rose garden at Gussie Field Watterworth Park in Farmers Branch is becoming a trial garden for England's David Austin Roses.
Volunteers from local rose societies along with Farmers Branch Parks and Recreation staff converged on the rose garden in early March, braving chilly temperatures, to plant the 600-plus David Austin trial roses. They were joined by Steve Longbottom, who traveled to Farmers Branch from Shropshire, England, to oversee installation of the trial garden.
The National EarthKind Rose trial in the Farmers Branch garden, testing roses that could grow with little maintenance, concluded its five-year run in 2012.
Farmers Branch Landscape Manager Pam Smith said David Austin Jr. traveled to the U.S. last year, visiting the rose gardens at Gussie Field Watterworth Park and personally selected Farmers Branch as one of three trial locations in the U.S., along with sites in New York and California. Ms. Smith said the bed improvements and roses were all donated by the David Austin group.
"David Austin is most well-known for hybridizing roses with an old English feel," Ms. Smith said. "They are also known for their fragrance." The four-year trial will feature both climbing and shrub roses of varying types. For more information, call 972.919.2625.