Contact: Barb DeGroot, 952-443-1459
Judy Hohmann: 952-443-1445
For Immediate Release
Chanhassen, MN (May 11, 2012) - The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is honored to announce there are two winners in the Arboretum's popular "Name the Rose" contest.
The new rose cultivar will be known as "Summer Waltz," and it is part of a new series of exclusive Arboretum plant introductions that will be called "Suddenly Summer"series.
"Summer Waltz" was nominated by Mary Ann Starnes of Bigfork, Minn., and it is a perfect name for this rose that features lovely pink, frilly blossoms but is cold-hardy and disease-resistant. The rose was developed by Kathy Zuzek, a U of M Extension educator.
The series name - "Suddenly Summer" was nominated by Mary Lynn Bechtel of Eden Prairie and reflects the sometimes abrupt but oh-so-welcome arrival of summer in Minnesota!
The winners were announced May 11 at the Arboretum as part of the National Public Gardens Day festivities. Each winner received a Summer Waltz rose plant and other prizes. Today the Arboretum is offering free admission all day in celebration of Gardens Day.
Congratulations, Mary Ann and Mary Lynn!
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, the largest public garden in the Upper Midwest, is part of the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences & located 9 miles west of I-494 on Highway 5 in Chaska. The Arboretum is disability accessible and smoke free. Admission: $12 adults; free for members & ages 12 and under.