Lisa, our June speaker and the founder of Owl Grove Roses in Brighton, spoke about her foray into the world of horticulture as a child, carrying on the tradition of her great grandparents. Previous to purchasing her 1855 heritage home on in Brighton, she worked at historical garden re-creation for heritage properties as well as consulting on discovery gardens, healing and therapy spaces and accessible gardening. She manages her business with the help of her two grown daughters.
Owning a heritage home meant Lisa designed her gardens to reflect a specific time period. Heritage roses, Lisa’s choice for her new heritage gardens, are sometimes extinct, often difficult to locate and rarely available in the trade. Lisa collects and cultivates these rarities – Old Garden Roses, Heirloom, Ancient and English-styled roses. On her organic, pesticide free acreage, her roses are field grown, none are grafted and all are own-root. Growing a rose to the flowering stage is a three year process Lisa told us, so the work requires dedication and perseverance. She soaks newly delivered bare root roses for three days before planting them in her rich organic soil.
Lisa sells her potted roses, along with mixed bouquets of heirloom flowers from her extensive perennial beds, at the market in Codrington. As well, she delivers bouquets by subscription to local customers on a bi-weekly, weekly or monthly schedule.
Learn more about Owl Grove Roses at https://www.facebook.com/owlgroveroses
Or on the website https://owlgroveroses.square.site/
Report written by Marguerite Long