Ten Top Roses For Mother’s Day, Order Her A Living Rose From Jackson & Perkins

‘A dusky pink rose named “Savannah” emerged as the morning’s star. “Savannah” took the George & Edith Vanderbilt Award for Most Outstanding Rose of the Trials, in other words ‘Best in Show’. “Savannah” is bred by Kordes Rosen in Germany, and also captured the categories for Best Hybrid Tea and Most Fragrant.

Order your Mom a Jackson & Perkins living rose bush today from the list below that includes winner of the Biltmore Rose Trials ‘Most Outstanding Rose’ ‘Savannah’, she’ll get her roses in time for Mother’s Day and you can enter a chance to win a $100 gift certificate!

Honor Mom this Mother’s Day with a Living Rose

Do you often hear yourself saying the same witty quips you heard your Mom say to the kids in your life? “Close the door.” “Were you born in a barn?” “Quit running in and out.” Since my Mom was a rosarian, and avid gardener I hear “Mom’s Gardening Tips” in my head! “Top off your roses with Canadian sphagnum peat moss”; “Keep water off the leaves”, “You missed some spent blooms.”

A Tribute to Moms & Caregivers Everywhere

In honor of Mother’s Day this is a tribute to Moms and caregivers everywhere that teach us all the things about gardening that we didn’t learn in books or Google Search. Since roses were one of my Mom’s favorite flowers, I wish she were here to see the first rose bloom each spring. Most Moms tell me they prefer living plants over cut flowers so this year why don’t you give living rose bushes to your Mom, Step-Moms, Mother-in-Law, and Grandmothers? You can even plant rose bushes in honor of the loved ones that have been important in your life and passed on.

85% of folks say roses are their favorite flower

They want easy-to-grow roses and prefer living plants to cut flowers. Just having returned from the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, I can tell you the world’s most prolific and famous rose breeders are listening to YOU! Each year there are better minimal care roses available that you can have great success with.

Where Can I Get Roses Like You Have?

Do you know the question I was most often asked while at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show? “Where can I get these kinds of roses?” Many people that attend the show are sophisticated gardeners that love and appreciate roses. Many have seen my website and even mention my roses, saying “We see the types of roses you have, but don’t know where to get varieties like ‘Savannah’ that swept the Biltmore Rose Trials!” People tell me often, “We don’t ever see roses like this at Independent Garden Centers.” They went on to say, “You have all these beautiful roses but where can we get them?” I’m here to tell you: you can get the very best varieties online at Jackson & Perkins.

‘Savannah’ Wins ‘Most Outstanding Rose’ at The Biltmore Rose Trials: Now You Can Get It From Jackson & Perkins

For instance the amazing rose ‘Savannah’ that swept the show while I was a judge at the Biltmore, and underwent 2 years of testing, is available and in-stock so order it now so you can get it in time for Mother’s Day.

Here’s what LeeAnn Donnelly, Sr. Publicist at the Biltmore says about ‘Savannah’ that underwent two years of testing and won ‘Most Outstanding Rose’ at the Biltmore International Rose Trials while I was a judge:

“A dusky pink rose named ‘Savannah’ emerged as the morning’s star. ‘Savannah’ took the George & Edith Vanderbilt Award for Most Outstanding Rose of the Trials, in other words Best in Show. ‘Savannah’ is bred by Kordes Rosen in Germany, and also captured the categories for Best Hybrid Tea and Most Fragrant.” Posted on 06/01/2015 by LeeAnn Donnelly, Sr. Publicist, Biltmore

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The Top Ten Jackson & Perkins Roses for Mom

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The Ten Best Roses To Order For Mom | Savannah™ Sunbelt ® Rose

Savannah won 'Best Hybrid Tea' at the #BiltmoreRoseTrials A rose by any other name than Savannah won't smell as sweet as this overachieving hybrid tea whose rich double blooms release a perfume that is positively hypnotic!"Savannah” takes Best in Show at the 2015 Biltmore International Rose Trials

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The Ten Best Roses To Order For Mom | Summer Nights Hybrid Tea Rose

Order the Jackson and Perkins 2012 Rose of the Year, 'Summer Nights' and enjoy amazing color, fragrance, and performance!

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The Ten Best Roses To Order For Mom | Surreal™ Floribunda Rose

Enjoy out-of-this world color all summer long with this striking accent rose, perfumed with fruity fragrance and decked out in orange-to-pink petals!

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The Ten Best Roses To Order For Mom | Spice It Up™ Floribunda Rose

Kick your garden up a notch with a stunning mixture of fragrance and orange/coral-pink blooms!

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The Ten Best Roses To Order For Mom | Dark Desire™ Parfuma® Grandiflora Rose

Dark Desire™ Parfuma® Grandiflora Rose is a blackspot- and mildew-resistant shrub that reblooms all summer, setting clusters of violet blooms. The flowers are strongly fragrance, the scent combining floral, citrus, and spicy notes.

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The Ten Best Roses To Order For Mom | Desmond Tutu™ Sunbelt®

Highly disease resistant, vigorous and easy to grow even in the heat and humidity, the Sunbelt® roses are a great choice!

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The Ten Best Roses To Order For Mom | Moondance Floribunda Rose

Moondance Floribunda Rose -- Award winning white floribunda that flowers non-stop all summer long bred by Dr. Keith Zary.

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The Ten Best Roses To Order For Mom | Sweet Intoxication Floribunda Rose

This floribunda offers sparkling amethyst clusters with non-stop color and fragrance that Mom will love all summer long!

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The Ten Best Roses To Order For Mom | Kimberlina Floribunda Rose

This fast-growing, winner of Floribunda of the Year Kimberlina is one of my all time Favorites! See my Rose Review Video on Instagram at Jackson & Perkins!

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The Ten Best Roses To Order For Mom | Astounding Glory Hybrid Tea Rose

'Astounding Glory' at Jackson & Perkins has the color that is the essence that is deep rose and so gorgeous Mom will swoon!

We Learn So Much About Gardening From Our Moms

Mother passed away in 1994, yet she walked me through every step of learning how to grow roses; I can still hear her voice in my head say “plant the graft 4-6 inches below ground to protect the rose from frost damage over the winter.” Since I can hear my Mother’s ‘gardening tips’ in my head about taking care of roses, I thought in honor of my Mom, and Mom’s everywhere that pass on crucial oral history I’d share her 5 growing tips. And I want to thank Mom’s and care-givers everywhere for the critical role they play and their voices in our head and for passing on all the vital oral knowledge that cannot be learned anywhere else and their profound wisdom that is an echo through the furrows of time.

While working in the garden this spring I was wondering how did our Mom’s know so much without ‘Google Search’, and the Internet? Oral history was key to knowledge. I’ll give you a hint: Our Moms must have read EVERYTHING!

Moms Tips To Rose Growing Success

  • Plan your rose garden where you have 6-8 hours of sun
  • Design for easy maintenance with access to water
  • Roses need good drainage
  • Space on 3 Foot Centers for most roses
  • Fertilize regularly in soil that has lots of organic matter

There’s Still Plenty Of Time To Get Your Living Roses, Order Now

Order your roses now so Mom will have them in time for Mother’s day or get your Mom a Jackson and Perkins Gift Certificate so she can choose her favorites. The varieties I listed are VERY popular with Mothers!

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President’s Day Rose Pruning Primer

Mr. Lincoln in Full Bloom
Rose Pruning Cart Ready For Rose Pruning Season
Rose Pruning Cart Ready For Rose Pruning Season

I would like to coin a new gardening phrase. Pruning post-traumatic stress disorder (PPTSD) I have it, it’s real, I suffer every President’s Day. It occurred from having pruned right after President’s Day in Texas, the supposed last day of the danger of a deadly killing frost. I relive the horror and the loss of 19 new rose bushes and having to re-prune 200 roses every President’s Day. The temperatures dipped to 8 degrees on March 10th well after the safe time to plant and prune. I lost all my new bushes and all the newly pruned bushes stimulated by my early pruning had to be pruned all over again. Well enough with my cheerful stories. This erroneous information was passed on to an unwitting northerner who grew up in the frozen tundra region on the frigid shores of Lake Michigan in Northern Illinois. Since today is President’s Day I thought I would cheer you all up and tell you again don’t prune too early.

Here is a primer on pruning your roses. It’s the best tips I’ve come up with over the years, as we get ready for the season of pruning.

Depending on the season and upon where you live pruning time can come between the middle of January and the end of April. The idea is to do it soon enough that you will not be cutting off too much new growth, and late enough that you will not promote premature growth. Usually this is just when the buds begin to swell, and then if you do not get a late frost the bushes will be off to a good start.

Pruned late, even after new growth starts, the canes are cut to a swollen dormant bud and the bush will do just fine, so it is probably better to prune late than too early. As I preach due to my disorder PPTSD, late-pruned bushes will bleed, but this has not been shown to be harmful to roses. Bleeding interferes with sealing cut ends but I stopped sealing smaller canes, with no increase in cane borer problems.

In addition to removing dead or diseased canes, there are several reasons for pruning. You want to remove non-productive branches and make room for ones that will make flowers. Remove crossing branches that clutter the bush or damage others. Open up the interior of the bush for ease in spraying and to promote good flowering stems. Remove non-productive canes at the base to promote growth of new vigorous canes. Finally, shape the bush to please you.

Before cutting out canes, you need to look at the branches they produced. If they have long, healthy, new branches, they should be left. If they have nothing but short twiggy non-blooming shoots, remove them. Sometimes there is not much left, but then perhaps the bush should be, as my mother used to say, “shovel pruned” and removed from the garden. We are told to reduce the number of canes to 3-5, but this is not necessarily a good guide.

Corona Garden Snips
Corona Garden Snips

Here are my tips:

  1. Wear tough protective clothing such as denim with long sleeves. It won’t snag as easily as some other fabrics.
  2. Wear thorn resistant gloves such as plastic coated garden gloves, or ones made of flexible leather.
  3. Watch where you put your hands and forearms. Thorns can penetrate almost any fabric I’ve used in the garden. I’ve had thorns penetrate the soles of my shoes, be careful.
  4. Invest in a small pruning or keyhole saw, they are essential for cutting larger canes and getting into tight spaces.
  5. A fairly large cane can be cut with hand shears if the cane is bent gently away from the shears, but I prefer to use a good pair of loppers rather than wrestle with the cane.
  6. Hold the shears so that the blunt blade is on the part to be cut off.
  7. Cut to an outside bud on upright-growing bushes or to an inside bud on spreading type bush. Cut to a bud pointing in the direction you want the branch to grow, the top bud usually will produce the dominant shoot.
  8. Cut to about ¼” of the bud, on a slight slant away from the bud. Cut shorter, the new shoot can break off in the wind, any longer causes unsightly dieback.
  9. If you feel you should seal cuts, use Elmer’s glue, I usually just seal large canes.
  10. Leave as many canes as are hardy and allow space to grow without crowding and are very well shaped.
  11. Learn to grasp the cane gently and very carefully with a slight circular motion.
  12. If you cut or accidentally knock off a branch you meant to leave don’t let it spoil your day. It will brow back.
  13. Do not prune once-blooming roses until they have bloomed.
  14. Prune miniature roses like hybrid teas and floribundas, if you have the time and patience.
  15. Old Garden Roses (OGR) are too diverse in nature to lay down rules. If you know the variety its best to research online for the best pruning for your OGR. In general, the best rule for pruning OGRs for the first two or three years is, “Don’t.”

    'Double Delight' hybrid tea rose, pruned like a vase, fertilized, Canadian Spagnum peat moss layer added, ready for mulch for winter protection
    ‘Double Delight’ hybrid tea rose, pruned like a vase, fertilized, Canadian Spagnum peat moss layer added, ready for mulch for winter protection

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Biltmore Rose Garden Awarded Prestigious ‘Award of Excellence’

Emily Tice Wilson | Past American Rose Society President, Jolene Adams
Emily Tice Wilson | Past American Rose Society President, Jolene Adams
Emily Tice Wilson | Past American Rose Society President, Jolene Adams

“Education is the key to the heart of rosarians of the World Federation of Rose Societies. People from all over the world have on their bucket list to travel to every WFRS ‘Award of Excellence’ Rose Garden in the World. The Biltmore Rose Garden is a welcome, exciting addition to our world class rose gardens.” says Jolene Adams

Asheville, NC ~ The Biltmore Rose Garden, home of the world famous International Rose Trails, host to rose breeders and rosarians from Canada, the U.S., France, Ireland, Great Britain, and Germany was awarded the prestigious World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS) ‘Award of Excellence’, Friday, September 24th in the Biltmore Estate Rose Garden. On hand to receive the award from Vice President of the World Federation of Rose Societies, Jolene Adams was Biltmore Horticulturalist, Parker Andes, and Biltmore Rosarian, Emily Tice Wilson as well as this year’s Biltmore International Rose Trial judges and sponsors of the event; Witherspoon Roses, Mr. & Mrs. David Pike, and Mills Mix Rose Fertilizer, Mr. & Mrs. John Beaty. The highly sought after and prestigious ‘Garden of Excellence’ Award was established to improve the public’s knowledge in all matters concerning the rose. ‘Award of Excellence’ Gardens world wide must meet the following requirements to qualify:

The WFRS ‘Award of Excellence’ recognizes the highest levels of arrangement in the field of rose garden development, maintenance and display.

  1. Eligibility. A garden may be eligible for an award which has:
  2. Demonstrated sustained performance in providing high quality displays of roses which are:
  • Beautiful and attractive and open to the public (and/or)
  • Educational, whereby the knowledge of the public and its interest in roses is enhanced (and/or)
  • Of assistance with the preservation of the genus (or)
  1. Sustained performance in conducting international rose trials.
  2. Private gardens will be considered, but the public must have unlimited access throughout the full flowering period.

    World Federation of Rose Societies Award of Excellence Garden
    World Federation of Rose Societies Award of Excellence Garden

Biltmore Rosarian, Emily Tice Wilson graciously accepted the award from Ms. Adams during the Friday evening at the reception of the Biltmore International Rose Trials that will be conducted Saturday, September 25th. All judges for the 2016 Biltmore Rose Trials were on hand for the unveiling of the ‘Award of Excellence’ to view its permanent home in the Biltmore Rose Garden. For More information to tour the estate and Biltmore Rose Garden garden visit. www.biltmore.com and more information about WFRS gardens visit www.worldrose.org

'Strike It Rich' A Perfect Rose Color Match | The Biltmore House in the Distance
‘Strike It Rich’ A Perfect Rose Color Match | The Biltmore House in the Distance

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Editors, please note: Photos are available on request to the media contacts on this release.

Media Contact: Susan Fox at gagasgarden.com@gmail.com

About The World Federation of Roses

The World Federation of Rose Societies is a federation of the national rose societies of 39 countries founded in 1968 representing rose lovers around the world. Their goal is to expand contact among them and increase the flow of knowledge about the rose.

The World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS) was founded in 1968 in London, England by representatives from the rose societies of Australia, Belgium, Israel, New Zealand, Romania, South Africa, Great Britain and the USA. Its stated purpose was to hold international rose conferences and act as a clearing house for rose research.

To encourage and facilitate the interchange of information about and knowledge of the rose between national rose societies; To coordinate the holding of international conventions and exhibitions; To encourage, and where appropriate, sponsor research into problems concerning the rose; To establish common standards for judging rose seedlings; To assist in coordinating the registration of rose names; To establish a uniform system of rose classification; To encourage and advance international cooperation on all matters concerning the rose.

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Roses, Natures Heart In Nature

'Dick Clark' opening as a perfect heart

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” ~ Helen Keller

'Dick Clark' opening as a perfect heart
‘Dick Clark’ opening as a perfect heart in nature

Einsteins Theory of Relativity* in a nutshell says that in the moment that it takes you to read this sentence the room has changed around you. The unseen world is more real than the seen world and is constantly changing. Every rose that we capture in a shutter frame is for ours alone to see and share and gone in a fleeting second.

'Bolero' blooming as a perfect heart in nature
‘Bolero’ blooming as a perfect heart in nature

Showing roses showed me that some folks have a magician’s touch with roses. One such person is Past President of the American Rose Society, (ARS) Don Ballin. Don, prior to being elected President of ARS was president of the Northeastern Illinois Rose Society when I was a member. Don is a rose whisperer. He and his wife Paula played a role in having the rose named as our National Floral Emblem, going to Washington and watching President Ronald Reagan sign the bill into law. I’ve seen Don and Paula ‘blow’ open a rose at a National Convention with a whispered breath. They can force into bloom perfect roses suitable to win the Horace McFarland Memorial National Trophy*, not once, but more times than I can remember. And yet no one on this earth that I have seen can open a rose into the form of a perfect Heart In Nature.

'New Zealand' a perfect heart blooming in nature
‘New Zealand’ a perfect heart blooming in nature

With the wonder of a perfect bloom in mind can you imagine what it means to happen upon nature’s Valentine? A perfect heart opening to wish you a Happy Valentines Day. Happy Valentines Day from my perfectly formed hearts-in-nature Valentines to yours. Love, Gaga.

Dublin Bay a perfect red Heart in Nature
Dublin Bay a perfect red Heart in Nature Back Lit by the Sun

* Einsteins Theory of Relativity

a theory, formulated essentially by Albert Einstein, that all motion must be defined relative to a frame of reference and that space and time are relative, rather than absolute concepts: it consists of two principal parts.

'Moonstone' blooming as a perfect heart in nature
‘Moonstone’ blooming as a perfect heart in nature

** Horace McFarland Memorial National Trophy

An entry of six -seven hybrid tea specimens, each of a different variety, correctly named and exhibited in separate containers

Horace McFarland Memorial Trophy won by John & Donna Hefner
Horace McFarland Memorial Trophy won by John & Donna Hefner, Indianapolis Rose Society, September, 2015

 

 

 

 

A View of Roses: A Look Back

'Uncle Joe' is as 'Big As The Broad Side of A Barn!
I Called This Picture 'The Garden Last Night'; I walked out on the deck and took a picture of exactly how the garden was in bloom on one summer evening, 'Easy Does It', 'Drop Dead Red', 'Hot Cocoa' and 'Bolero'
This Picture is called ‘The Garden Last Night’; I walked out on the Illinois deck and took a picture of exactly how the garden looked one summer evening. The roses are Weeks Roses and Star Roses And Plantscalled: ‘Easy Does It’, ‘Drop Dead Red’, ‘Hot Cocoa’ and ‘Bolero’.

Creating this view upon which the sun can shine is a room with a rosy view in Illinois. Its a new dawn in the Illinois rose gardens. We started over in Illinois in 2011. We built the rose gardens together you and I. If we can start over so can you! Make it a new prosperous and healthy 2016 filled with roses! Here’s a picture of the gardens then and now. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments. Just look at ‘Rosie O’Donnell’ shot on Christmas Eve morn in Texas VS magnificent ‘Uncle Joe’ shot in the fall with a back drop of the little red barn we built. You know how I love that little barn which represents country living of course.  Merry Christmas Every one!

Texas Front Rose Walk of Roses 'Iceberg', 'Blastoff'
Texas Front Rose Walk of Roses ‘Iceberg’, ‘Blastoff’

The award winning film A Room With a View won Best Picture of 1986, National Board of Review. It’s a British 3 time academy award winner about, “when Lucy Honeychurch and chaperon Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr. Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation. Meeting the Emersons could change Lucy’s life forever but, once back in England, how will her experiences in Tuscany affect her marriage plans?” Written by Bridget Jones

'Uncle Joe' is as 'Big As The Broad Side of A Barn!
When planning our rose gardens having the garden view is a key element  in placing the garden. My kitchen ‘Room With A View’ in Texas; here stands 7’7″, ‘Rosie Donnell’ towering over the fence with her elegant stark, black and white back drop as she stood from Christmas Eve through New Years Day 2011. Glistening with rain drops, I went outside and shot the picture looking up from below the fence on the cloudy Christmas Eve morning. The next shot is of hybrid tea Taboo yesterday morning. That’s then and ‘Uncle Joe and my Little red Barn are now.
Rosie O'Donnell on Christmas Eve in Texas
Rosie O’Donnell on Christmas Eve in Texas Then

Redemption_W15

The remaining shots are to show you the pictures of varieties still beautiful in the winter rose garden.

Texas Rose Garden View Out My Kitchen Window
Then: Texas Rose Garden View Out My Kitchen Window Room With A View out the Texas Kitchen Window
Gaga's Garden Floribunda Rose Garden in Illinois
NOW: Gaga’s Garden Floribunda Rose Garden in Illinois

A Dawning Along the Path

'Stormy Weather'
“Of all the paths a man could strike into, there is, at any given moment, a best path .. A thing which, here and now, it were of all things wisest for him to do .. To find this path, and walk in it, is the one thing needful for him.”
Thomas Carlyle
'Stormy Weather'
‘Stormy Weather’

It’s darker than usual at 6AM, the time Izzabelle, my alarm cat, gets me up to begin our routine. Make coffee, feed the cat. No, sorry, feed the cat, make coffee, then go outside to see what’s new to photograph in the garden. Sauntering down the floribunda rose garden path I had no idea ‘Stormy Weather’ would stop me in my tracks. I was overwhelmed with a need to show you how it looked at that very moment. You’ve seen it many times. But not like this. And it will never look this way again.

Its time to let our roses make rose hips. Other than the roses you cut for late rose shows and for your home, don’t cut any more spent blooms. This signals to your plants that its time to go into winter dormancy. I want to remind you that last year was the 3rd coldest winter in Illinois recorded weather history. Who could imagine that after just losing a few roses from the cold that this year would result in such a spectacular rose year? I’m also preparing by buying all the bags of mulch that I need to cover my roses so I am ready to put extra layers of protection on them for winterizing them.

Summer of 2014 Rotogravure

‘Moonstone’ Magnificence

'Moonstone' as at home in the garden as "King" of show
‘Moonstone’ as at home in the garden as “King” of show
‘Moonstone’ stole the show this summer. At one time this spectacular rose bush had 30 fully open roses at one time.

Duo of ‘Double Delight’

Double Delight
Double Delight

“Double Delight’, introduced by Armstrong Nursery in 1977 by breeder John Sheldon,  is still as beautiful, dramatic and rewarding a rose to have as any rose I have ever grown. I will be adding more roses to the rose rotogravure all winter.

I am Fredericksburg, VA as I write and will be telling you all about it soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roses for a Life Time, Chicago Flower and Garden Show

Stormy Weather, Large Flowered Climber

Stormy Weather, Large Flowered Climber
Stormy Weather, Large Flowered Climber

Sweet Home Chicago.

I grew up 38 miles north ‘as the crow flies’ along the beautiful N. Shore of Lake Michigan. Next Wednesday, March 19, at 11:00 AM I’ll be talking about rosesat the Chicago Flower and Garden Show. I wish Lynn Arthur and my mother could be there. Here’s why. Let me tell you a story about gardening and me. If your kids don’t want any part of gardening or getting their hands dirty think of this Proverb.

Weeding
Oui One Weeds

Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Kids learn by what we do not by what we say. When I was a kid my mother loved to be in the yard and wanted me to help. I wanted no part of it. I hated weeding and I could not understand why she liked it. It was when I got older and had my own yard and then inherited her rose garden that everything was different, as is often the case, isn’t it? Rose growing and gardening is a passion not a hobby or a past time any more. 

 

Bloom Where You Are Planted
Bloom Where You Are Planted

Lots of things are important to me — a love of gardening, kids and having fun whiling spending time with both. Inheriting my childhood home and my mother’s rose garden in Northern Illinois, I wanted to learn how to take care of my mother’s rose garden. My mother taught me many things about growing roses but back then I wanted to learn everything. There was a beautiful rose garden in Libertyville, Illinois and the Libertyville Men’s Garden Club took care of it so I thought that would be a good place to ask how they took care of the roses. What happened is a memorable story of love, caring, sharing and especially patience. Lynn Arthur, who was a tenured member of the club, called himself an octogenarian rosarian. Mr. Arthur took me under his wing and painstakingly began to cultivate a future rosarian from raw talent. With speech as slow as a beautiful nocturnal sloth, Mr. Arthur spoke and I listened, passing the craft onto the next generation. Mr. Arthur encouraged me to begin showing roses in local rose shows in a society that was largely male dominated at the time by doctors and scientists.

 

Rose Garden in the Summer
Rose Garden in the Summer

One of my high points after much instruction was having my rose garden featured on the Northern Illinois Rose Growers Garden Tour and a particularly talented rose sage commenting, “You have achieved perfect rose culture.” By far that still is one of the greatest things anyone has ever said to me by far. Sweeping many shows with blue ribbons as a novice, I was encouraged by Mr. Arthur and other senior members of the society to enter a national show in which I won a national trophy for best Climbing Rose, Tempo. This is how I began my life long passion that I now have for growing, taking care of and showing roses that I inherited from my Mother. I have lots to give back and many people to thank for what I now know.

“Sharing is a gardeners second nature” Kim Austin 

Rose growing has for many years been the passion and hobby of royalty from the ancient Chinese to the most splendid gardens of royalty throughout the world. Rose gardens grace the lands of the rich and famous to landed gentry and the simplest gardens throughout the globe. All are drawn together by the common bond of the most mystical and romantic of flowers, the rose. Although perceived as difficult to grow and maintain, roses are both hearty and forgiving to the best-meaning novice.

Chicago SkylineThis next week there will be gardeners and experts from all over the country who will share their knowledge and information with you at the Chicago Flower Show. Sharing is second nature to them. If you are able, be sure to visit the show. I can’t wait to see The Seed Keepers, Kylee Baumle of Our Little Acre, Shawna Coronado, and please read about the incredible work that Lamanda Joy @TheYarden is doing with The Peterson Garden project. Also, I see that the Chicago voice of gardening, Mike Nowak is launching his book humorous book at this show, Attack of the Killer Asapragus and other lessons not learned in the garden.”These folks will all be there and they are doing work that matters by giving back to the community. And I want to thank Paul Zimmerman, of Paul Zimmerman Roses Chris Van Cleave, @RedneckRosarian Teresa Byington @thegardendiary who I will be talking to Wednesday night on Rosechat who continually promote roses as well as Bren of BG Garden who Connects | Shares | Grows the Gardening Community as well with her wonderful #gardenchat. These are just a few and I will be talking about lots of other garden greats after the show. And I want to especially thank The Minnesota Gardener, Jack Falker who won’t be at the show but I don’t know how I would have made it through this dreadful winter with out his wise council. Thank-you Jack who lives in the frozen tundra and wrote What The Heck Is Wrong With This Winter?  😉

Lynn J. Arthur Rose Garden
Address: Cook Memorial Park , Libertyville, IL, USA 60048

Four Seasons of Roses – 2014 Monthly Beginners Guide to Growing Roses

Susan Fox in the Rose Garden with Chicago Flower and Garden Show Hat
Susan Fox in the Rose Garden with Chicago Flower and Garden Show Hat

Growing Roses can be as simple or complex as you want it to be.

For those of you that have told me you want an easy guide to growing roses I’ve created a 2014 garden planner filled with basic things-to-do each month featuring pictures of roses from  Gaga’s garden. There’s a community of rosarians that are always there to share their knowledge with you, via the American Rose Society, this garden planner encourages you to connect with us for all of your rose questions. Here’s a list of friends on twitter always willing to engage:

Jolene Adams            President of the American Rose Society                @Jolene_Adams
Teresa Byington        Co-Host of Rosechat Radio                                      @Agardendiary
Jack Falker                 Rosarian, Blogger                                                       @mnrosegardener
Brenda Haas               Host of GardenChat                                                  @Bg_Garden
Marci Martin              Consulting Rosarian                                                   PlantersPlace
Chris VanCleave         Rosarian, Blogger                                                      @RedneckRosarian
Baldo Villegas             Entomologist, Consulting rosarian                        @Baldoroses
Elena Williams           Consulting rosarian, Master gardener                  @ElenaWilliams
Paul Zimmerman       Author, Consulting rosarian                                   @PZimmermanRoses

January is a wonderful time for planning your spring rose garden. Most people today want simple solutions. Determine if your goal is to use roses as landscape accents or create your own rose garden for the most basic of simple pleasures such as viewing, fragrance, or strolling along the garden paths you’ve created. Many people enjoy photography and roses can be a great choice because the flowers are never static. The difference in a rose garden and a bed of begonias is that roses change every day. Each day that you walk in your garden of roses the blooms change dramatically from bud to fully open rose. There is never one day that the plant or the fragrance is exactly the same.  The only difference in your planning stage is to determine whether you want to show roses. Showing roses is another story altogether.

 

Four Seasons of Roses – 2014 Monthly Guide to Rose Care

Purchase planner at Amazon: https://www.createspace.com/4532140

10% of all profits of the sale of Four Seasons of Roses |2014 Monthly Guide to Rose Care will be donated to the American Rose Society Educational Endowment Trust.  Become a American Rose Society member today!

Description: Gardeners have expressed to me a desire to have their very own rose garden or add roses to their existing garden for as long as I have grown roses. Most of the time, the only thing standing between a gardener and having the rose garden they desire is a lack of knowing what to do to grow roses or thinking that roses, the queen of flowers, are too difficult to grow. I believe growing roses is easy, fun and certainly rewarding. The Four Seasons of Roses Planner, Monthly Guide to Rose Care, is an easy monthly guide filled with suggested gardening tips of what-to-do each month and all through the year to establish and maintain a healthy, beautiful rose garden. Keeping a journal and recording your garden’s history from year-to-year is fun and an important part of growing your knowledge base of rose growing.

Every rose featured in this garden planner was selected, planted, nurtured and photographed by me in Gaga’s Garden®. Your garden journal of notes will become part of your process of collecting roses and a keepsake. This planner was designed to inspire you and gardeners everywhere to add roses to your garden with simple things-to-do each month. I hope you enjoy the process of learning more each and every year.

President of the American Rose Society, Jolene Adams believes knowledge through education and sharing are both the heart and soul of building the American Rose Society offering a myriad of activities to please all tastes such as:

  • How to Grow Beautiful Roses
  • Photographing Roses
  • Cooking with Roses
  • Landscaping With Roses
  • Accessorizing with Roses
  • Arrangements with Roses
  • Collecting Roses

No matter what interest listed in the fore mentioned topics, I believe education is the key to growing beautiful roses. To underscore my commitment to rose education I have decided to donate 10% of all profits of the sale of Four Seasons of Roses |2014 Monthly Guide to Rose Care to the American Rose Society Education Fund. You can purchase your copy and thereby help grow the education fund as well by purchasing your copy today on Amazon https://www.createspace.com/4532140

Warm regards from the garden. I hope to hear from you at www.gagasgarden.com. Your thoughts and comments are always welcome.

Yours truly,

Gaga

“He who would have beautiful roses in his garden must have beautiful roses in his heart.”
-Reverend Dean Hole

 

Fragrant Cloud
The beautiful Fragrant Cloud is a nice garden addition!
Garden Party
Garden Party Actual Shot Taken in the Rose Garden