The Parishes' Rose Garden

Beverly Parish is an award-winning rosarian who grows some very special roses in Nixa, Missouri. "I probably have close to 200 hybrid teas and maybe 250 miniature roses--they start blooming in May," she says. This is the garden Bev and husband Tom call home. They were kind enough to send us these remarkable pictures.

Tom and the Roses

Tom and the Parishes' marvelous walkway of roses. Roses aren't the only things in life the couple know how to nurture. When this photo was taken they had just observed their 51st wedding anniversary.

On the Side

This lovely scene is a model for making the best use of space to display roses at the side of the house and the advantages of growing and showing them in raised beds.

Raised Beds

Beverly, who among her other distinctions is a consulting rosarian for the Rose Society of the Ozarks, tells us she prefers to grow her hybrid tea roses in raised beds with compost and Perlite or sand added to keep the soil loose and well-draining.


The Parishes' backyard, with its beautiful rose beds, makes a highly convivial setting.

Winterizing the Roses

A bit of real genius? We think so. Come winter, with the wooden frames already standing in place, the Parishes protect the roses simply by adding styrofoam covers.

Micro Mini Roses

Bev and Tom also grow micro-mini roses, the smallest of the mini roses with blooms a quarter of an inch to an inch wide and tiny foliage.

A Major Award

Not surprisingly, Beverly's roses have brought her a great deal of national recognition. This dried arrangement, for example, won the Rosecraft Award at the 2005 American Rose Society National Rose Show in Memphis--one of eight awards she won at the event. (Note: The rose is 'Gold Medal', a grandiflora rose known for its deep yellow petals edged in red, superb hardiness, and light, spicy fragrance in the garden.)

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