Garey Wylie will speak at the next Community Horticultural Education Program by the Somervell County Master Gardener Association at 6:30 p.m. May 11 at the Somervell County Citizenís Center.

Wylie has been a master gardener since 2001, was a charter member of the Johnson County Master Gardener Association and served as president of the JCMGA during 2001-03.

He became a member of the Cleburne Parks Board in 2005 and has been a director of the Texas Master Gardener Association as well as president of the state organization in 2008.

Because Wylie has a passion for roses, he participated in the first Earth-Kind Rose Specialist Training Course in 2004 and became National Coordinator of the Earth-Kind Rose Program for Parks Departments in 2006.

As the national coordinator, Wylie traveled throughout the U.S. with the goal of having Earth-Kind Roses in city parks nationwide as well as internationally.

Earth-Kind Roses are among the most thoroughly tested, and environmentally responsible plants for use in Texas landscapes. The roses do well in almost any soil type. They are not immune to pest problems but their tolerance to pests is so great that they rarely require the use of chemical pesticides. Only a few roses have received the Earth-Kind designation. However, the list continues to grow as new selections meet the criteria.

Wylie will discuss how the Earth-Kind Rose program came into existence, the 19 roses that have earned the designation of Earth-Kind and much more. All of you will want to have some of these beautiful, easy to grow roses in your garden.

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