Rose Celebration ‘Rosalia’ Returns to Gardens at Bag End – Eagle News Online – Low Calorie Diets Tips

CAZENOVIA — On Thursday, June 16, Bag End in Cazenovia hosted its fifth annual “Rosalia,” a celebration of the “first bloom” of the estate’s hardy, old-fashioned roses.

Visitors were invited to tour the rose gardens, sample some rosé wines and enjoy a selection of artisanal cheeses in the Pioneer Barn.

“We just hope visitors will enjoy the beauty of the blooming flowers and perhaps identify varieties they would like to grow,” said Bag End owner Jay King.

Inspired by an ancient rose festival observed by the Roman Empire, King and his wife Anne organized the first Rosalia in 2018, hoping the event would encourage local gardeners to grow old-fashioned hardy roses in their own homes.

Located on Fairchild Hill overlooking Cazenovia Lake, Bag End features two antique barns that were relocated and renovated by master builder and historic barn expert, Randy Nash.

The Kings lived year-round for 23 years in the antique barn, dating from 1795, before being made available for short-term rental to visitors to Cazenovia.

The couple acquired Bag End – named after the family of Baggins of The Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien – from Jimmy Hubbard of Cazenov in the late 1970s.

As the Kings prepared their move from the Sedgwick area of ​​Syracuse to Cazenovia, the Kings were warned by local longtime gardeners that they would not be able to grow roses in their new home.

After years of struggling to maintain a garden of modern hybrid tea roses, the kings spotted Rosa rugosa rubra growing wild out of a slate mound along Route 20.

The couple found that if the roses could grow in such inhospitable conditions, they could certainly survive in their garden.

“Once [the Rosa rugosa rubra] After becoming inactive in the fall, our younger son nearly fell down the steep embankment and simply ripped out 30 roots, which he and I immediately planted in the unprepared ground in front of our house,” King recalled. “Every single one has taken root and the resulting 50ft hedge – 20ft deep in places – is there today. This prompted me to do some research and discover other rugosa varieties, the most cold hardy rose family in the world, and rugosas became the core of our antique rose collection.”

The Kings organized the first Rosalia with the aim of sharing their discovery that roses can actually be grown in Cazenovia, even on its windswept hilltop.

In 2020 and 2021, instead of the traditional Rosalia, Bag End hosted socially distanced garden tours, inviting the Cazenovia Garden Club and other interested parties to walk through Bag End and tour its gardens.

Today, the Kings grow around 60 varieties of roses.

“My favorite variety for Bag End is a white rugosa called Blanc Double de Coubert,” King said. “It’s a beautiful white [color], fragrant, a repeat bloomer and produces beautiful rose hips in the fall. However, she is also an aggressive spreader, which can be undesirable in smaller garden areas. Recently developed in Canada, the Campfire Rose is an excellent all season performer, producing yellow, orange and red flowers on a closed sized plant.”

While Bag End’s annual Rosalia highlights the property’s roses, visitors also have a chance to see other flowers in full bloom, such as the common herbaceous peonies.

“Our Itoh peony garden is particularly eye-catching this year,” King said.

Unfortunately, King noted, attendees at this year’s Rosalia were not able to experience Bag End’s newly created Saunders Peony Garden, dedicated solely to cultivars created by Arthur Percy Saunders (1869-1953), the “father of the modern peony,” in Hamilton were created College in Clinton, New York.

King only became aware of Saunders’ work at Hamilton College after learning that the American Peony Society would be holding its 2023 annual meeting in Syracuse. It was at this point that he began investigating the organization’s connections to central New York and learned of the desire of many peony lovers to visit the Saunders collection on display in Hamilton College’s Grant Garden.

Realizing he didn’t know of any local gardens, including his own, that grew Saunders strains, he decided to start an entire garden of them.

The Kings planted 55 Saunders “roots” last fall and will add about 20 more this fall.

“They love Bag End,” King said. “All but one root has survived the first winter and is thriving and our Saunders collection will be one of the most comprehensive in New York State. My biggest personal takeaway to date has been that due to the large number of Saunders cultivars that are either ‘early’ or ‘very early’, our peony season at Bag End has been extended by maybe two weeks – and at the front end, when all blooms are extra welcome. Unfortunately, this also means that visitors to Rosalia will not have much to see in this garden.”

In addition to maintaining and expanding his Saunders peony garden, King also intends to work with the Cazenovia Garden Club to introduce Saunders cultivars to other Cazenovia gardens.

Bag End is located at 1702 Route 20 West, Cazenovia.

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