'Party Hardy' bred by Christian Bedard in Bloom at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show
Flowertales | The Story Grows On Wednesday through Sunday March 20-24, 2019 at Navy Pier
Flowertales | The Story Grows On Wednesday through Sunday March 20-24, 2019 at Navy Pier
Tony Abruscato | Susan Fox in the Rose Garden
Tony Abruscato | Susan Fox in the Rose Garden

“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 ” 

'Cinco de Mayo' | Easy~To~Love Roses by Weeks Roses Donated by Weeks Roses Forced Into Bloom for The Chicago Flower & Garden Show In March
‘Cinco de Mayo’ | Easy~To~Love Roses by Weeks Roses Donated by Weeks Roses Forced Into Bloom for The Chicago Flower & Garden Show In March

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.”

'Party Hardy' bred by Christian Bedard in Bloom at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show
‘Party Hardy’ bred by Christian Bedard in Bloom at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Roses That Love Where You Live

'Cinco de Mayo' | Easy~To~Love Roses by Weeks Roses
‘Cinco de Mayo’ | Easy~To~Love Roses by Weeks Roses Donated by Weeks Roses Forced Into Bloom for The Chicago Flower & Garden Show by Star Roses & Plants Ball Horticultural Representative Tim Cook

What’s Your Talk About This Year? ‘Roses That Love Where You Live’

Chicago Flower & Garden Rose Garden Walkway
Chicago Flower & Garden Rose Garden Walkway

Success = Decide What You Want To Achieve With Roses

'Julia Child' | Easy~To~Love Roses by Weeks Roses Donated by Weeks Roses Forced Into Bloom for The Chicago Flower & Garden Show In March
‘Julia Child’ | Easy~To~Love Roses by Weeks Roses Donated by Weeks Roses Forced Into Bloom for The Chicago Flower & Garden Show In March
  1. Roses that offer each gardener a beautiful individualized landscape choice suitable for whatever interests them, whether it be:
  2. Landscaping with Roses;
  3. Rose Photography;
  4. Rose Accessorizing;
  5. Flower Arranging;
  6. Rose Collections;
  7. Extension of Interior Décor;
  8. Roses Exhibiting.
Chicago Flower & Garden Show Rose garden in Bloom
Chicago Flower & Garden Show Rose garden in Bloom

What Type of Roses Were In Bloom?

David Austin Rose in Bloom
David Austin Rose 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.

Chicago Flower & Garden Rose Garden in Bloom
‘Koko Loco’ | Easy~To~Love Roses by Weeks Roses Donated by Weeks Roses Forced Into Bloom for The Chicago Flower & Garden Show In March

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:

Chicago Flower & Garden Rose Garden in Bloom
Chicago Flower & Garden Rose Garden in Bloom
  • 6-8 hours of sun per day
  • Soil nutrients & fertilization
  • Water
  • Fertilizer

Was It Difficult To Force The Roses?

Chicago Flower & Garden Rose Garden In Bloom
Chicago Flower & Garden Rose Garden In Bloom

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:

Information & Education Table with ARS Executive Director
Information & Education Table with ARS Executive Director Signing Up 100’s of Trial Memberships

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.

Star Roses and Plants

Star Roses & Plants By Ball Horticulture

Chicago Flower & Garden Rose In Bloom Walkway
Chicago Flower & Garden Rose In Bloom Walkway
  1. Dee-Lish,
  2. Pink Flamingo,
  3. Eternal Flame,
  4. Apricot Candy,
  5. Sunshine Daydream
Chicago Botanic Senior Horticulturist Rose Docent Tom Soulsby, ARS Executive Director, and Steve
Chicago Botanic Senior Horticulturist Rose Docent Tom Soulsby, ARS Executive Director, and Steve

Weeks Roses

  • ‘Julia Child’
  • ‘Easy Livin’
  • ‘Cinco de Mayo’
  • ‘Koko Loko’
  • ‘Party Hardy’

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