Owen Memorial Rose Garden gets improvements

Eugene's Owen Memorial Rose Garden has a new lead gardener.

Posted: Feb 2, 2018 7:25 AM
Updated: Feb 2, 2018 9:25 AM

EUGENE, Ore.-- Gardeners at the Owen Memorial Rose Garden are busy making improvements.

A new lead gardener, Daphene Sampson, took over about a year ago.

She told KEZI 9 News the changes being made are contributing to the park’s longevity and help make it a safer place.

Sampson and the other gardeners are doing rejuvenation that hasn’t been done in years. That means, in part, cutting out old or dead parts of plants. They are also upgrading some of the flower beds to house old garden roses.

“The people that come through are very positive. They’re very excited to see it,” Sampson said.

She said making the park look nicer also deters bad behavior in the area.

"It was kind of an attraction for less attractive behavior with that being open, that's made a huge difference."

She said to expect the first blooms at the garden to start in mid to late May.

If you're interested in learning more about the Rose Garden, the Eugene Heritage Rose Group is holding a free event. Sampson will talk about future developments, and there will be an opportunity for questions.

It will be held at the Eugene Garden Club building on Monday, February 19th, from 7 until 9 p.m.

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