Barrington resident's roses are a point of pride


Want to take a guess at what makes Bob Hoder's roses smell and look so beautiful?

(We'll give you a hint: The product has a distinct odor of its own.)

"Horse manure," said a proud Mr. Hoder. "I've learned that you've got to protect them each year, and horse manure works best."

Mr. Hoder and his wife Janet live in a handsome home on Adams Point Road near the corner of Bourne Lane, and each year share their pink and white roses with neighbors and passersby. Some years, they said, are better than others, and this year was one of the best. Despite the long, cold winter, the Hoders' roses flourished and in early June the fragrant flowers filled their garden and lined the fence along Bourne Lane.

Mr. Hoder said he has been gardening since he was just a boy. Now he's at retirement age — although he's not retired — and he still loves working with his roses. In addition to packing a healthy pile of manure around each rose bush's base each year, Mr. Hoder also makes sure to dead-head the flowers once the bloom has passed.

"I've always liked to garden," he said.

Mr. and Mrs. Hoder are selling their home, but have no plans to leave forget the roses. Mr. Hoder said he's already purchased a piece of land just to the south that overlooks his roses to the north and Smith's Cove to the south.


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