BR Rose Society plans Spring Fling

The Baton Rouge Rose Society will host its second annual Spring Fling in Denham Springs on May 4.

The event will be held at the DeRouen Farm, 10030 Lockhart Road. There will be garden tours, speakers, rose-growing presentations, rose cultivation information and shrub roses, Earth Kind roses and old garden roses for sale.

The farm is the home of Carolyn and Pat DeRouen and is on hereditary Barnett family land. Carolyn DeRouen is a longtime member of the Baton Rouge Rose Society and has won many prizes for her outstanding roses.

Her garden consists of several hundred roses plus companion plants, a vegetable patch and various fruit bushes and trees.

Pat DeRouen is retired from LSU, where he was involved with raising and breeding cattle for many years. He is raising goats on the farm along with developing a subdivision in Ponchatoula. In the welding shop, he designs and constructs ironwork such as arbors, trellises and rose supports. His work can been seen at the Independence Park Botanic Garden and local nurseries.

For more information and directions go to Upcoming Events batonrougerosesociety.org/index.html.

Directions: Go east on I-12 toward Hammond. Take the Juban Road exit to the right and, at the top of the exit turn, left on Juban Road. At the dead end at U.S. 190 (Florida Boulevard) turn right. Veer left in front of the Chevron/Cracker Barrel service station. At the stop sign turn left. Cross the railroad tracks and turn left into the fourth driveway on the left. There will be a red barn, a few tall pine trees and roses and flowers at the beginning of the long driveway, along with a sign. No Internet map programs are correct.