I’ve told y’all before that it takes a really long time for me to get around to editing photos. Today’s pictures are no exception. I took this pictures about a month ago when we had Parent Report Card pick-up, and I didn’t want to go all the way back to the in-law’s for the two hours I had between the end of school and the beginning of parent visitation.
When I first started attending the University of Southern Mississippi in the summer of 2001, one of the features of the campus that fascinated me was the rose garden. I didn’t know the story of the garden in this first years, but I did hear the rumor – since confirmed as truth – that whatever you do, don’t pick a rose or face the possibility of a fine.
A little digging turns up information about the USM All American Rose Garden. Started in 1974, it is the state’s only test garden for the American Rose Society. The University puts an incredible amount of effort into the garden – in bloom season, someone trims the dead blooms every week. The plants are babied…and they bring incredible joy to those who stop to admire them.
Be on the look-out for more photos from the Rose Garden. I have reds, pinks, yellows, purples, whites, and maroons to show you…to name a few. With 800 plants in the garden, there are lots to choose from 😉