… A Family Thing
It is not easy to explain just how we ended up growing roses on the Oregon Coast. Suffice it to say that we both come from generations of farmers and gardeners and that such tendencies run deep. Both of us have memories of grandparents with a much different life and lifestyle than is prevalent today.
This life we have chosen presents many challenges, but we strongly believe in protecting the future we all share by preserving the part of our past most important to us. The collecting and propagation of old varieties of roses is just as important as preserving antique varieties of fruits and vegetables. The narrowing of the gene pool is something we must all be very concerned about. The necessity of maintaining bio-diversity includes all living things – the ones that nourish our bodies as well as the ones that nourish our souls. It is the old “Bread and Roses” concept – a balancing act between the necessity to survive and the desire to be surrounded by beauty.
As a nursery, we are doing our best to preserve and propagate old varieties of roses. We join a very select group of nurseries, which are doing the same thing. Some of them have been at it for years and years, which is why we are able to do it today.
We began our nursery in 1996. The 2-3/4 acres had been clear-cut in 1991. It was an example of the worst type of logging and harvest possible. We started by raking all of the slash and debris into piles. It was then ground up and left to compost for later use in the gardens. We left certain stumps for future plantings and as an example of what had been here just a few years ago, trees over 125 years old.
From our “dreaming plans” we had already decided where the access road would be, the pole barn, greenhouses, the placement of the pond and the garden areas. Once these areas were roughed out, the rest of the land became gardens. Fencing was important for deer protection, so that took next priority. Because of a normally high water table, addition of tractor load after load of the composted ground-up debris built up the soil level so that the roots of the newly planted roses would not be in soggy soil. Once these tasks were completed, the actual planting of the roses could take place.
One of our original goals was to have mature examples of all the roses we intended to sell in a garden setting. Roses sold in one-gallon pots or less do not give the new owner an accurate idea of what a particular rose can do in one or two growing seasons. Some of our ramblers can put on 20 feet in one season after they are established, maybe not the best choice for the entry way to your front door.
We preserve roses for each other and we preserve roses for you.