“Tony Abruscato, Chicago Flower & Garden Show Director believed we could build a major rose garden at Navy Pier in March & we worked together to make it happen. ~Susan Fox ”
First Blooming Roses In Chicago In Over A Decade!
The Rose Gardens of The Chicago Flower & Garden Show were the first blooming rose gardens at a flower show in over a decade. I was thrilled and honored to be part of this historic event. it. Here’s a rotogravure of the rose gardens of the Chicago Flower & Garden Rose gardens. This year we will be presenting a talk about roses ‘That Love Where You Live.”
Roses That Love Where You Live
What’s Your Talk About This Year? ‘Roses That Love Where You Live’
Success = Decide What You Want To Achieve With Roses
- Roses that offer each gardener a beautiful individualized landscape choice suitable for whatever interests them, whether it be:
- Landscaping with Roses;
- Rose Photography;
- Rose Accessorizing;
- Flower Arranging;
- Rose Collections;
- Extension of Interior Décor;
- Roses Exhibiting.
What Type of Roses Were In Bloom?
The rose garden at The Chicago Flower & Garden Show owned by Tony Abruscato was the first in over a decade to have roses in bloom. The rose gardens consisted of over 1200 hybrid teas, grandifloras, floribundas, KnockOuts, shrubs, drift groundcover roses, climbing roses and landscape roses by both Star Roses and Plants and Weeks Roses.
Q. What do you hope visitors at the show will take away from your presentation That roses are easy to grow, can require minimal care, are long living, and resilient. Also I want folks to know that sure many rose growers have special techniques, however you need to only know the basics to grow beautiful roses:
- 6-8 hours of sun per day
- Soil nutrients & fertilization
Was It Difficult To Force The Roses?
Here is a question asked of me that you may not know. What is something you can look for in the rose gardens that you might not have otherwise noticed without someone showing you or telling you?
Varieties In The Gardens Blooming:
1200 roses were shipped to a greenhouse bare root in October where they were potted and leafed out. The lighting and heat had to be perfect and a white paper was followed sent by Dr. Keith Zary. It was over 35 pages long and had to be followed by a horticulturists to achieve the results guaranteeing that the roses would be in bloom on these dates.
- Pink Flamingo,
- Eternal Flame,
- Apricot Candy,
- Sunshine Daydream
- ‘Julia Child’
- ‘Easy Livin’
- ‘Cinco de Mayo’
- ‘Koko Loko’
- ‘Party Hardy’