The Sinnissippi Rose Garden has retained accreditation by the All-America Rose Selections (AARS) Committee and was recently awarded a certificate of achievement for Outstanding Rose Garden Maintenance in 2006. The Sinnissippi Rose Garden is one of seven AARS-accredited rose gardens in the state of Illinois and displays more than 2,000 roses of 60 different varieties.
In 2006, Rockford Park District horticultural staff, along with volunteers from the Rockford Area Gardeners of America and University of Illinois Extension Office Master Gardener program, planted 1,197 new roses in 35 renovated rose beds under the guidance of Certified Consulting Rosarian volunteers Jean and Mary Ewaldz.
Earlier this year, the Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners demonstrated leadership by allocating an additional $22,000 in the 2007 budget for upgrades to the rose garden and the additional maintenance required to support the improvements, which included re-leveling of brick paving, repairing stonewalls, and renovations of border plantings.
According to Dan Erwin, manager of Parks and Horticulture: This is quite an accomplishment and really demonstrates a commitment to excellence form our board of commissioners, our staff and our volunteers. Our accreditation from AARS allows us to display the newest award-winning roses (which we receive free of charge) one year before they are released to the market.
The award was presented to the Board of Commissioners during the Awards and Recognition portion of the July 24 board meeting. The Sinnissippi Rose Garden last received the award for outstanding maintenance from All America Rose Selections in 2001.
Rockford is again participating in the America in Bloom Competition and will serve as host of the national America in Bloom Symposium and Awards Ceremony Sept. 27-29 at the Clock Tower Resort and Conference Center.
from the Aug 15-21, 2007, issue