Rose-raising Tuesday

Well, it better not snow after Tuesday.

That’s when the tender roses are to be raised at the Duluth Rose Garden. And you don’t have to be rose savvy to help with the annual ritual from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday.

City staff and rose aficionados from the Lake Superior Rose Society will be on hand to teach beginners the back side of the “Minnesota tip” method of wintering tender roses. That is, instead of tipping them over and burying them, the bushes will be unearthed and eased back upright.

The city’s plans to start the annual “raising of the roses” today and finish Tuesday were foiled by lingering snow. So they hope to get most of job done Tuesday.

Volunteers should show up at the Rose Garden, dressed for the weather and with protective gloves. City staff would like to know how many will participate. E-mail or call (218) 730-4334.