A Lakeland college is home to one of the most diverse collections of rare roses in the country, but someone has stolen some of the rarest ones. Ruth’s Rose Garden at Florida Southern College is one of the prettiest spots on campus.
“I just took a test, actually, so it’s nice to come here and decompress and look at the flowers and the birds and everything in between my classes,” said Dawn Stanczyk.
The garden holds 200 varieties of roses. It is the most genetically diverse collection in the Southeast United States.
“People who know roses from rose societies often come to see some of the rarer varieties that you just don’t find in other gardens, especially in Florida,” said Dr. Malcolm Manners, Florida Southern College horticulture professor.
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