"How to care for your Roses" by CEO David Pike of Witherspoon Rose Culture


  • Tuesday, Feb 18, 2020 10:30am-11:30am

LOCATION: Burgwin-Wright House - 224 Market St

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Join David Pike, CEO of Witherspoon Rose Culture, for a presentation on the Five Essentials of growing beautiful roses. Along with a brief history of Witherspoon Rose Culture, he’ll explain the foundation of a rose garden, how to prep an area for a new garden or restore an older garden, explain the five “must do” tasks, and perform a demo. His goal is to help rose growers feel confident in their ability to care for their roses so they may enjoy growing and sharing them. Click the following link to learn more about Witherspoon Rose Culture http://www.witherspoonrose.com/ Admission is FREE- $10 donation is welcomed. Thank you for your support. About the Speaker David was born in Martinsville, Virginia; raised in Greensboro, North Carolina and was educated at Campbell College. After marrying Rhonda, Mr. Witherspoon’s youngest daughter, David expressed an interest in the family business and began a starting position in 1979 at Witherspoon Rose Culture. Without experience in horticulture, David had to learn the rose business from the ground up – literally. “That first summer, he took me out to a stall in a cow pasture,” David recalls. “He gave me a shovel, left me with a dump truck, and said, ‘We need that stuff back at the office.” That was David’s lesson on the value of good cow manure for roses. Mr. Witherspoon soon found that his own passion for roses and people was matched by David’s which was ideal. “Going to the homes of our customers and caring for their roses, I learned the varieties and what they needed and I really enjoyed getting to know the customers.” David became president of Witherspoon Rose Culture in 1983 and has worked diligently to build a staff of caring rose professionals who put a very personal touch on their impeccable service of installing and maintaining rose gardens. David is a frequent speaker at garden clubs, rose societies, gardening shows, and radio talk shows. By the American Rose Society, he is named a Consulting Rosarian and he shares his love of roses and how to properly care for them with thousands of rose lovers. David has been featured in numerous local and national print media, including Southern Living. In 1999, David’s vast experience with roses took him to The Netherlands where he was invited to judge in the World Rose Trials in The Hague. Most recently he served as a judge at the Biltmore International Rose Trials which took place at the Biltmore Estate and served on the Board of Directors for the Wing Haven Foundation at the Wing Haven Gardens and bird sanctuary in Charlotte, NC.