The “Let’s Put the Rose Back in Glen Rose” campaign is off to a blooming start.

Anyone who has strolled along the River Walk recently can’t help but notice the rose bushes planted along the way. Although some bushes are still tiny, they made it through the winter and now many are starting to bloom.

The program is a joint effort between the Somervell County Master Gardeners Association and the Glen Rose/Somervell County Chamber of Commerce.

The reason for the project is because the Master Gardeners host their state convention in Glen Rose next year. The chamber is encouraging everyone, including businesses and residents, to plant roses at workplaces and at homes.

Local sponsors also include Fossil Rim Wildlife Center and Luminant.

“If you can imagine, we could have every entrance to the city lined in rose bushes,” the chamber and Master Gardeners said in a joint statement.

Master Gardener Donna Hagar told the last chamber meeting that so far about 600 rose bushes have been ordered.

The roses being planted are hardy varieties that have been designed “Earth-Kind” through Texas A&M University. They have been tested and approved for the Glen Rose environment. People can choose from 21 different kinds.

Visit the Earth-Kind test garden, tended by the Master Gardeners, at Heritage Park to see some of the varieties that are mature and blooming.

You can purchase rose bushes from either the chamber or the Master Gardeners by using the order form posted online at www.glenrosechamber.com/2010rose.html and returning it to the chamber or the Master Gardeners.

For more information, call the chamber at 897-2286.