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Rose rosette has ravaged rose bushes throughout North Texas, and homeowners and professional landscapers are baffled as to how to battle it. In March, the Denton County Master Gardeners will present two no-cost presentations to help local gardeners deal with the disease.

Dr. Kevin Ong with the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab will speak on "Dealing With Rose Rosette Disease" at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 13 at the Joseph A. Carroll building, 104 W. Hickory St., Denton. Dr. Ong has extensive experience in developing educational programs to encourage the public to develop an understanding of plant diseases, their impact and scientifically sound management methods. His current professional interests include development, validation and implementation of existing and new plant disease diagnostics methodologies which includes molecular diagnostics.

Claude Graves, Master Rosarian, will present “Rose Rosette Disease in DFW: A Research Update” at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 18 at Coppell Biodiversity Center. He is curator of the Rose Mary Hagar Rose Garden at the Dallas Arboretum and has half a century of rose-growing experience. Graves manages an extensive residential rose garden and has experienced the disease first hand. As president of the Collin County Rose Society, he has organized the Rose Rosette Eradication Alliance which brings together growers, landscapers, and gardening groups to share research information and educate gardeners with RRD-infected roses.

Both talks are open to the public. Visit www.dcmga.com and www.coppellnaturepark.org for more details.

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