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Couple cultivates roses, peaches

Couple cultivates roses, peaches

July 13
10:30 2012

Nicole Balderas / Senior Staff Writer

peculiar little cardboard sign with the words “U-pick peaches, roses also” can be easily mistaken by passers-by for a garage sale sign on the streets of Denton.

Follow the sign’s directions and you’ll wind up at Jim and Janet Herbison’s peach orchard and rose garden at the back of a dead-end dirt road on Haggard Lane.

“I started growing roses and exceeded the capacity in my house and backyard,” Jim Herbison said. “Then I exceeded the capacity in my daughter’s house and backyard.”

Jim Herbison (left) sells peaches and offers free roses to Eveith Miller and Mike Ward at U-Pick Peaches, off Haggard Lane and Hinkle Drive. "We got lost and discovered it," said Miller, who hadn't seen a peach orchard since living in Oregon. Photo by Tyler Cleveland/Staff Photographer

Running out of room to cultivate, Herbison sought out alternate property.

“This plot of land was on the market,” he said. “The city denied building permits on this land twice because of the creek going through part of it, but it’ll grow roses and it’ll grow peaches.”

The property, which he referred to as a “poison ivy farm” at the time of purchase, is now scenic and peaceful. A large tree casts a cool shadow on a wooden table where the Herbisons chat with customers and exchange money for juicy peaches and vibrant roses.

“It was a great find,” said Jeffery Smith, a patron of the garden. “I wouldn’t have thought such a place would be inside Denton. The peaches are very sweet and I really enjoyed talking with the owners.”

Herbison said his original interest in tending roses led him to experiment.

“When I started growing roses I did pretty well,” he said. “After I found out I could grow roses well, I thought, ‘Why don’t I try my hand at grafting roses?,’” or fusing parts from different rose plants.

After successfully grafting 45 out of 46 roses, Herbison was ready for the next step: Making rose hybrids.

“You take two roses and figure out how to make a better rose,” he said.

A member of the Dallas Rose Society, Herbison has learned new techniques from other experts and has won three awards for his hybrid roses. He hopes to eventually create and patent his own hybrid.

“If you patent a plant no one can grow them for 20 years without paying a royalty of $2 a bush,” Herbison said.

Growing up on a farm in Mississippi, Herbison has always been surrounded by the outdoors, which he credits for cultivating his interest in tending roses.

After realizing he had room for more than just roses, Herbison decided to add a fruit orchard to his family’s patch of land.

Now the 31 peach trees, six plum trees and three pear trees add a pleasant aroma to the sweet smell of roses filling the Denton air.

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  1. Jennifer
    Jennifer May 27, 19:24

    I adore this place! Can’t believe I only found it last year. ❤️❤️❤️

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