Rose Growing Zeleniak 10-14-15 1

Dave Zeleniak presented a 45 minute lecture on growing roses in the desert on Oct. 14 which was sponsored by Eureka Community Initiative and free to the public. Zeleniak presented those in attendance with a full color, printed version of the extensive knowledge he shared with the audience. Photo by Teri Nehrenz.

On Oct. 14, Mesquite citizens were treated to a special presentation by Dave Zeleniak.  The presentation was held at the Eureka Casino and sponsored by Eureka Community Initiative.

Zeleniak, a resident of Sun City has been growing roses for approximately five years here in Mesquite but had been finding ways to make them flourish in the desert for nearly 30 years since he lived in Phoenix, Arizona.

Zeleniak said, “I’m not an expert,” but the knowledge the audience walked away with was certainly not presented in a way that would suggest that he was anything less. Each place setting contained a full color, 37 page printed version of the well-put together PowerPoint presentation Zeleniak used to convey his rose growing techniques to the audience.

Barring the questions asked at the end, each attendee was gifted with all of his years of hard work, trial and error efforts, and tried and true results, detailed and in print to use as a reference guide.

The presentation itself was filled with an abundance of information any amateur or even rose enthusiast could ever want to know about the five desert hearty varieties Zeleniak has had great success with so far.

Zeleniak said his ongoing research has only just begun and he is continuing to experiment with different varieties in his own yard that currently has 40 rose bushes and a host of other plants that Zeleniak has found to be tried and true for the Mesquite environment.

If you were unfortunate enough to miss this informative presentation you can still find out Zeleniak’s secrets since he’s more than willing to share his passion with others.

For questions relating to growing roses and many other flowering plants contact Zeleniak by email at