CAPTION: The City of Welland rose is being sold again to local gardeners. The price is $25 per bush. (File photo by Joe Barkovich)
By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large
The City of Welland rose is back in the Rose City.
After an absence of about four years, the city’s official rose is available for sale to local rose growers and gardeners.
Allen Bunyan, a member of the Rose Festival committee, said 60 City of Welland rose bushes arrived Monday from Sheridan Nurseries in Georgetown.
Ten have already been snapped up through word of mouth, Bunyan said.
The bushes are being sold from the Rose Festival office, 30 East Main St. If any remain on the weekend, they will be available at the Welland market and at the Welland Home Show, both on Saturday. Check with the festival office, 905-732-7673 for up-to-date info on sales and availability.
Earlier this month, the City of Welland purchased 50 bushes and the Welland Recreational Canal Corp., 20, said Bunyan.
Having the rose available for sale to the public was Bunyan’s initiative. He said he wants the city rose to have a higher profile here in Canada’s Rose City.
It also dovetails with this year’s festival motto: Put the rose back in the Rose City and, building bridges. There is need to build “better relationships” with and between community and volunteer organizations in Welland, Bunyan said.
(A former reporter and city editor, Joe Barkovich lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario, Canada’s Rose City)