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Volunteers sought to help remove old bushes in Grandview rose garden

GRANDVIEW - Volunteers, it's time to roll up your shirt sleeves and head to the Grandview Rose Garden, where about 50 or so older rose bushes need to be dug up and replaced.

Sue Johnson and Terry Daniel are heading up the rose garden upkeep efforts and have slated a work party for this coming Friday and Saturday.

Johnson has been volunteering at the rose garden ever since she retired from Grandview Middle School about a year and a half ago.

"My mom and dad were involved in it for a long time," said Johnson.

Her mother, now 90, was a Garden Club member that tended to the roses (the Garden Club no longer exists). Her father had a spraying business and used to spray the roses.

When she retired, Johnson says she decided to take it on as a project because it was in need of care.

Over the years, she said, various organizations have tried to care for the garden. But, she said, "It just wasn't very adequate. It just wasn't happening."

Johnson said Yellow Rose Nursery will sell replacement roses at a reduced cost this year for the garden. But first, the older roses that Johnson says just aren't blooming like they should need to be replaced.

The Kiwanis Club, as well as individual donors, have donated funds for the new roses, which Johnson said need to be planted before the end of the month.

Work at the rose garden begins Friday at 2:30 p.m. and on Saturday at 8 a.m.

Johnson said "brute strength" is needed to help remove the old rose bushes.

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