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"I want BioFish to stay on the leaves for at least two or three days. I believe it makes the roses healthier and because they are healthier they are more disease resistant."

Rick Harrison, rose grower in Stanley Park says one of his first jobs was to renovate the garden by ripping out all the poor performers. “Last year was the first year I was not embarrassed by this garden,” says Harrison, who has worked as a gardener in Stanley Park for more than 30 years. “I think today we can start to call it a rose garden again. This year, people have been raving about how good it looks. “However, they are looking at it as a whole and I know that there is a still a lot of work to be done.” Harrison has been working closely with rose expert Brad Jalbert, owner of Select Roses in Langley, to pick reliable, disease-resistant performance roses. The collaboration has been paying off. “Brad suggested we try top floribunda-type roses like ‘Livin’ Easy’ and ‘Easy Going’ and ‘Easy Does It’. They have all worked out brilliantly,” says Harrison. Some of the new German-bred roses from the Kordes Nursery such as ‘Brothers Grimm’ in the Cinderella series have also proven to be reliable replacements. Other star performers include ‘Julia Child’, an award-winning yellow floribunda developed by Weeks Roses in the U.S., and ‘Mountbatten’, a yellow shrub rose developed by Harkness Roses in the U.K. Today that garden contains more than 3,000 plants displayed in about 60 individual flower beds close to the entrance of the park. A traditional pergola-style arbour is still at the centre of the garden. Harrison is not allowed to use any pesticide or fungicide sprays, but he does spray with Bio-Fish, a natural fertilizer with a 3-1-2 content ratio (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium), produced by BioFert Manufacturing Inc, and sells for $4.50 for 500 ml, $8.30 for two litres. “I spray with it every couple of weeks in the morning,” says Harrison. “I want it to stay on the leaves for at least two or three days. I believe it makes the roses healthier and because they are healthier they are more disease resistant.”. 

Source: Vancouver Sun,  30th July 2010.

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Grower Rick Harrison, Rose Garden
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