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Rose disease poses threat to local gardens

These roses, which bloomed last July at a home in Saratoga Springs, are healthy. But some roses around the Capital Region have developed rose rosette disease, which is caused by a tiny mite.
These roses, which bloomed last July at a home in Saratoga Springs, are healthy. But some roses around the Capital Region have developed rose rosette disease, which is caused by a tiny mite.
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Dave Gade heard talk of rose rosette disease for 20 years before he ever saw any sign of it. As garden operations supervisor for Schenectady’s Central Park Rose Garden and a master rosarian with The American Rose Society, he has tended a lot of roses during the 40-plus years he’s been coaxing the thorny perennials to grow. But it wasn’t until recently that the disease, which has been on the radar in the U.S. since ...

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