Group tours the rose gardens

WARREN — During a tour, members of the Historic Perkins Homestead Neighborhood Association shared their story of how they created the Perkins Rose Garden located behind City Hall.

The English-style herbal, butterfly rose garden was created with a variety of rose plants and bushes such as David Austin roses. It sits near the entrance to Perkins Park.

The program on the history of the garden and walking tour of the grounds was sponsored by the association and the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library. More than 15 people took part.

Nola Yovich, Lou Lepro and other members of the association shared photographs and slides of what they have accomplished at the garden.

The association was established in 2006 with the goal of preserving and celebrating the history of the neighborhood. The rose garden was re-created in 2011.

“We have become a very successful organization in what we do. The garden has also been a success in a large visible historic area,” Yovich said.

She said the rose garden was revitalized to have something of lasting value for the community.

Yovich said an initial $4,000 Raymond John Wean Foundation grant, Trumbull 100 grant and other grants and donations got the garden project under way.

Over the years, the organization has received various grants and donations as well as volunteer work for weeding, planting, mulching and pruning at the garden from Boy Scouts, the Movement youth and adult teams, TNP, North Mar Church group and many others.

Lepro said they tried different roses and then decided on the David Austin roses, which were more a shrub rose.

“Last year was a heavy blooming season. This year we have faced Japanese beetles which fly over from the park to the garden to eat. The beetles love roses. They are hard to control and a constant battle,” he said.

The association has taken part in Make A Difference Day and Earth Day at the garden.

“We are very proud of what we have accomplished for the garden for the community to enjoy,” Yovich said.

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