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Susan Fox, Speaker at The Chicago Flower & Garden Show
Susan Fox, Speaker at The Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Susan Fox to Wow Visitors with Jackson & Perkins Roses for Every Garden

Chicago Flower & Garden Show ~ Navy Pier, March 14-18, 2018

CHICAGO (March 17, 2018) – Susan Fox, of Gaga’s Garden, Central, Illinois will dazzle visitors on how to choose the perfect Jackson & Perkins rose based on their lifestyle when she attends the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, March 17th at Navy Pier.

The Chicago Flower & Garden Show is an annual harbinger of spring in the Midwest after a long winter. The 2018 show theme, “FLOWERTALES: Every Garden Has a Story to Tell”, interprets the unique role flowers, plants, and gardens play in the stories of our lives.

Spring In Bloom at The Chicago Flower & Garden Show

A new chapter of this legacy event begins with re-designing the show’s traditional nine-day run to five days. The show will run Wednesday, March 14 through Sunday, March 18, with extended daily hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Chicago Flower & Garden Show is one of the country’s top three consumer garden shows and one of its oldest, with roots that date back to 1847 as the Chicago Fruit and Flower Show. It was also one of the first consumer shows ever held at Navy Pier.

Navy Pier Along the Chicago River with the Sears Tower in the Back Ground
Navy Pier Along the Chicago River and Lake Michigan with the Sears Tower in the Back Ground, Home of the Independent Garden Center Show

Ms. Fox will show visitors how easy to grow roses can be. These darlings of the garden respond quite nicely to a little TLC. She’ll explore this topic with attendees in an interactive and highly visually intense presentation and further discuss what visitors want to achieve in their garden with roses. Today there are so many types of roses to choose from that suit any lifestyle. Ms. Fox plans to explore the exciting, easy care Jackson & Perkins varieties of roses suitable for busy lives that include environmentally friendly and minimal care plants. Remarkably, many gardeners perceive roses as difficult to grow and are hesitant about adding roses to their garden landscapes, Ms. Fox will dispel that myth via education.

Fox claims that a large percentage of gardeners that seek her advice tell her that they want to add roses to their landscape but are hesitant due to either a lack of knowledge about caring for roses or a perception that roses can be ‘persnickety’. Her presentation is about education and matching the right plant to the person’s lifestyle and goals for their garden. She states that today there are roses to choose from that fit any personal style. She plans to explore the methods and easy steps that produce quick and lasting results with these wonders of the garden world.

“People say that roses are their favorite flower and they want them in their garden. Roses have been growing in the wild long before they had to be ‘pampered by people’ so come to the show and let Susan Fox educate you in what’s new in the world of minimal care roses that you can add to your landscape,” says Chicago Flower & Garden Show Director Tony Abruscato.

Tony Abruscato | Chicago Flower & Garden Show Director | Rose Garden Visionary
Tony Abruscato | Chicago Flower & Garden Show Director | Rose Garden Visionary

Brand Manager of Jackson & Perkins Wes Harvell goes on to say, “Jackson & Perkins is excited to announce that Susan Fox of Gaga’s Garden will attend the Chicago Flower and Garden Show in March of 2018. Ms. Fox is a consulting rosarian, award-winning photographer, event planner, and a Biltmore Rose Trials judge with gardening in her blood. We are honored to have her as arepresentative of our brand. As we approach our 150th year in business, Jackson & Perkins is thrilled to maintain its presence as a trusted source for gardeners across America.  Ms. Fox is a wonderful representative of the Jackson & Perkins brand, and we look forward to our continued partnership with her,“  says Mr. Harvell.

“FLOWERTALES: Every Garden Has a Story to Tell” will present volumes of practical and pretty ideas, highlighting the season’s styles, colors, and textures through more than 20 display gardens and more than two dozen points of gardening interests. There’s something for every person and lifestyle; from balconies, patios and small-space designs to creative vegetable and herb gardens, inspiring water features, and glamorous perennial beds.

The Chicago Flower & Garden Show is open to the public from March 14-18, 2018. Evening in Bloom, a show preview that will benefit show partner Bernie’s Book Bank and the new Get Growing Foundation, is from 6:00-9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Save some “green” by purchasing group and individual day and evening tickets online at www.chicagoflower.com.

For more information about Susan Fox of Gaga’s Garden and Jackson & Perkins and their participation in this show and past shows, visit www.gagasgarden.com for the very latest updates and unique extras, like Jackson & Perkins on Facebook and tweet with us on Twitter @chicagoflower & @JacksonPerkins throughout the show #ChicagoFlower #JacksonPerkins. Be sure to follow all the show highlights as with Jackson & Perkins as Susan Fox takes you along an exciting Flowertale March 14-18 at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show.

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Susan Fox, is a consulting rosarian that speaks, grows, photographs, and shows roses. Company founder of Gaga’s Garden®, she was awarded the American Rose Society’s (ARS) Presidential Citation “for Promoting the Rose and Rose Education Via Social Media.” At her heart is a commitment to generating educational, entertaining content that profiles specific products, personalities, places and events that engage the larger audience through targeted social media campaigns. This and other acknowledgments in the gardening community has firmly established Susan as one of the most highly regarded rosarians and gardeners in the industry with a special talent for promoting garden related products, people or events via social media and content marketing. The Website at www.gagasgarden.com features a sample of Gaga’s Garden® content and story telling graphics that keep readers coming back for more!

Flower Show Productions, Inc. is the production company for the annual Chicago Flower & Garden Show and for grand-scale public events that celebrate sustainable living and eco-friendly lifestyles. The company provides year-round messaging, education and information about the benefits of earth-friendly choices to yards, neighborhoods, communities and the planet. The 2018 Chicago Flower & Garden Show runs March 14-18, 2018. The “Evening in Bloom” shows preview benefitting area charity organizations is Tuesday, March 13, 2018. For year-round inspiration and great ideas, please visit www.chicagoflower.com, and find the show on Facebook at www.facebook.com/chicagoflower and Twitter @Chicago Flower.

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Rose Gardener Christmas List

DeWit Hand Tools
Rosie O'Donnell on Christmas Eve in Texas
Rosie O’Donnell on Christmas Eve in Texas

“What do you want for Christmas?”

Do you get that deer in the headlights look when asked this question? As a doer, giver and caretaker of others, does it make you uncomfortable when asked “what do you want for Christmas?” As a mother, father, wife, husband, daughter, son, good neighbor, friend, and a care-taker of others even if during the year you’ve thought of things you want is it difficult for you to think of things you want and even harder to ask for them? Let me give you some ideas. Let’s reflect on the variety of things you can do as a rose gardener and this may give you some ideas of things you could ask for. 

Photography

Rose Cross | Rose Accessorizing

Rose Accessorizing

Bouquet of Roses | Flower Arranging
Bouquet of Roses | Flower Arranging

Flower Arranging

The American Rose Society Judges Class Winners | ARS National Convention, New York, 2015
The American Rose Society Judges Class Winners | ARS National Convention, NY

Showing Roses

'Bonica' Beautiful prolific ever blooming shrub
‘Bonica’ Beautiful prolific ever blooming shrub

Extension of your interior design

'Betty Boop' Floribunda, a red-blend beauty that lasts and lasts in the rose garden
‘Betty Boop’ Floribunda, part of a collection of roses named after Hollywood Icons

Rose Collections

Gift Ideas for the Gardener

Rose Photographer: camera, camera equipment, lens, stabilizer,

Rose Accessorizing: Baskets, drying equipment, books on uses of rose petals, flower drying, how to make potpourri

Flower Arranger: Unusual vases, books on arranging, classes on flower arranging

Showing Roses: log onto www.rose.org and sign up for membership for either one year membership or call for availability for a trial membership for your loved one. There’s so much for members on showing roses for members online.

Extension of your interior design: Subscription to Gardening magazines, Books, books, books!

Jackson & Perkins Splendor Rose Duet #MyJPRoses
Jackson & Perkins Splendor Rose Duet #MyJPRoses

Rose Collections: Gift Certificates are always the perfect gift. They are available at most garden centers and right now Jackson & Perkins roses are available for pre-ordering if you see a little box by the rose.

 

 

Corona Garden Snips
Corona Garden Snips

Gardening Tools

Do you know anyone that has too many gardening tools?! No? Neither do I. They make a perfect gift for someone who loves rose gardening. And whatever tool you get from Corona Tools makes a wonderful gift. An especially wonderful gift also is an engraved tulip trowel from Dewit Garden Tools. DeWit makes some of the most beautiful and quality tools on the market. And oh my goodness, let’s not forget this seedkeeper kit. It is just amazing and it was created by entrepreneurs Carol & Kerrie, The Seedkeepers. I hope I’ve given you some ideas. I know it’s so hard to come up with ideas and even more difficult to ask for things but just maybe this will give you the gentle nudge you need to ask for some of the gardening items you really want but might have forgotten to write down through the year.

Seeds Started | DeWit Gardening Trowel | Seedkeeper Kit

 

DeWit Hand Tools
Engraved DeWit Tulip Trowel and Small Fork for Close Spaces

And last but not least gauntlets make a nice gift and one can never have too many gardening gloves! Happy Shopping for the gardeners on your list.

Bionic Gloves | Soft Durable | Comfortable
Bionic Gloves | Soft Durable | Comfortable

‘Veterans’ Honor’, A Rose To Honor Our Veterans

Veterans' Honor Named Jackson & Perkins Rose of The Year in 2000
Veterans’ Honor Named Jackson & Perkins Rose of The Year in 2000
WWII Post Card My Father sent Dated Feb 23, 1942 Daddy says, “We’re playing for Bing Crosby in person tonight to entertain the boys.” Feb. 23, 1942

“Veterans Day is a U.S. legal holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars. In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I, then known as “the Great War.” Commemorated in many countries as Armistice Day the following year, November 11th became a federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became legally known as Veterans Day.” ~ The History Channel.

‘Veteran’s Honor’, A Rose Fit To Honor Our Heros

‘Veteran’s Honor’ was bred by Dr. Keith Zary and introduced by Jackson & Perkins, to be later named by them as ‘Rose of The Year’ in 2000. I planted and grow ‘Veterans’ Honor’ in honor of my father and all those who serve our great nation. It is a remarkable hybrid tea, strong, hardy with perfect color form and fragrance. Today I offer a portfolio of ‘Veteran’s Honor’ to honor my Father and your Father’s, Mother’s and relatives who have served. There are some roses that I hope to always have in the rose garden as long as I am able to have a rose garden and ‘Veteran’s Honor’ is one of those roses, along with ‘Peace’, ‘Let Freedom Ring’, and ‘Heaven’. Thank-you to each and every one of you Veterans. This post is for you.

Army Air Force WWII
Army Air Force WWII

How Did Veteran’s Day Come To Be?

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Veterans’ Honor Named bred by Keith Zary
Jackson & Perkins Named Rose of The Year in 2000The

First Veterans’ Day Proclamation

Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” which stated: “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.”

Veterans Honor
Veterans’ Honor
'Veterans Honor' Blooming on Memorial Day Week-End 2016
‘Veterans Honor’ Blooming on Memorial Day Week-End 2016

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Rapid Results With Floribunda Roses

Floribunda Rose Garden | Before and After

There are many reasons to start over; a new job, starting a career, or to be close to family. You may have a vacation home or want to downsize but still want to garden. We moved back to Illinois because we both grew up in Illinois. Our work situations had provided us with the opportunity to travel extensively to every state in the union. During my husband’s travel he decided he loved Illinois and there’s no place on earth he would rather be. A corporate transfer for me from Chicago to New York City, then Plano, Texas resulted in building a home in Plano, Texas in 1987 and acquiring over 200 roses by 2011. In 2011 we decided at that point we had acquired the house in Central Illinois and the house in Plano, Texas and thought rather than keep working all the time to support two homes and that lifestyle we would downsize and start over in Illinois.

Geese Girls Ready For Halloween

Starting Over Offers New Opportunities

You may not go willingly, but once you set your mind to it, the change may be filled with new opportunities. We sold the Texas home and moved to Illinois from Texas in 2011 leaving behind rose gardens that I had invested heart and soul creating. The Illinois property sits on 3 1/2 acres of rolling sandy loam hills, and did not have a single rose. Leaving behind the rose gardens in Plano, Texas (the safest city in America of its size unless you’re my kidnapped lawn decorations) that took 20 years to collect, I wanted to put in a rose garden that would get the quickest results. I decided to put rose gardens in in stages and share it with you dear readers.

Dr. & Mrs. Keith Zary & me at the Biltmore Rose Trials & Dr. Zary's Rose 'Kimberlina'
Dr. & Mrs. Keith Zary Biltmore Rose Trials & Dr. Zary’s Rose ‘Kimberlina’ in the Floribunda Rose Garden | For Profusion of Bloom | Rapid Results | Plant Floribundas

Floribunda Roses Offer Quick Results

That type rose garden that gets quick results is a floribunda rose garden. Floribundas are known for their ability to bear flowers in large clusters and profusion of bloom. Another advantage floribunda roses have is their ability to bloom continually whereas hybrid teas exhibits a bloom cycle every six to seven weeks. Let me give you a little back story here, this Illinois property is located 40 miles from Starbucks and 80 miles from Home Depot. *  So to locate my new roses I thought I would just pull up the list of roses online from a large garden center like I did in the DFW area, order my roses and have them delivered. Now I have come to learn a valuable lesson the hard way, or I would have dug up quite a few roses I probably will never be able to locate again. And also a large segment of the population that want roses like I grow don’t live in large Metro areas.

Displays Everywhere of Lovely Star Roses Knock® Out Roses
Displays Everywhere of Lovely Star Roses Knock® Out Roses

From 3 minutes from a Starbucks to 40 miles

Now after living in Plano, Texas; a totally consumer centric life style driven by hopping in the car for a 3 minute drive to Starbucks for coffee, Whole Foods, and Central Market type of living to being 15 miles from Walmart I was in culture shock. A friend down the street said his son told him “Susan and Richard are in the witness protection program.” His dad asked him why would he think that? He said “Why else after all the wonderful cities that they’ve lived would they ever move to Ramsey?” Susan what’s your point? They don’t sell potted fancy rose bushes out here either. Can you imagine my shock trying to find a landscape center that sold potted hybrid teas? I called the nearest landscape center 40 miles away and asked if they carried hybrid teas and the answer to my question was “what’s that?”. You see there are trade-offs to my ‘Green Acres’, lifestyle. And I’m not saying starting over is always easy. Nothing worth doing is ever easy, but it has been worth it.

'Gene Boerner' a floribunda rose named for the man that worked his entire life for Jackson & Perkins 'aka' as 'Papa Floribunda', he hybridized more than 60 roses.
‘Gene Boerner’ a floribunda rose named for the man that worked his entire life for Jackson & Perkins ‘aka’ as ‘Papa Floribunda’, he hybridized more than 60 roses. #myjproses

Come To ‘Papa’! ‘Papa Floribunda’ ‘Gene Boerner’ That Is

So now you see why when I spotted ‘Gene Boerner’ at Rural King, in September of 2011, I was shocked and nearly shed a tear. They carry primarily  Star Roses ‘KnockOut®’ roses, which I love also but I wanted more than only ‘KnockOuts’®. They had very little selection in hybrid tea or floribunda roses, so to see one ‘Gene Boerner’ which has a stellar reputation and came out in 1968 and is still rated in the ARS* Handbook of Selecting Roses an 8.2 I grabbed it and planted it as the first floribunda in my Illinois floribunda garden.

Who Was ‘Gene Boerner’?

Once I looked up the history of ‘who is Gene Boerner’ the irony wasn’t lost on me. ‘Gene Boerner’ is known as ‘Papa Floribunda’. A jovial man he worked his entire life at Jackson & Perkins where he hybridized more than 60 roses! I’m so glad the first rose in our floribunda rose garden was and is ‘Gene Boerner.’ Known as ‘Papa Floribunda’ of Jackson & Perkins ‘Gene Boerner’ is symbolic to me for many reasons. Jackson & Perkins is a brand that is symbolic to America for roses. ‘Gene Boerner’, Floribunda you see pictured here is one of the first roses to bloom each spring. It’s disease resistant, has a fabulous shape, color, it blooms in clusters and lasts forever.

Sometimes Back To Basics Is Best

Soon I realized the remaining roses I wanted were available online. Many folks don’t realize that their garden centers order their roses from growers bare root and get them early in the season and pot them in containers so they leaf out by the time the weather is lovely and spring like when we are ready to shop in the garden centers for our potted roses. Years ago when I first started growing roses all the roses I planted were barefoot that I got from my local Northeast Rose Society. If you haven’t checked out your local rose society please do folks because most members are willing to help you and share their knowledge. When I was new to growing roses, rose society senior members would stop by my house and make sure I had all my questions answered and that was way back when I was in my twenties living along the North Shore of Lake Michigan north of Chicago. What’s important in the roses you get is the grade and how many healthy canes are on the rose bush. Be sure you have at least three healthy canes.

Floribunda Rose Garden | Before and After
Floribunda Rose Garden | Before and After

The Illinois Floribunda Rose Garden

So here are the stages of the first rose garden in Illinois, beginning with Jackson & Perkins ‘Gene Boerner’ then I found their exclusive ‘Kimberlina’, ‘Iceberg’, I planted bare root, ‘Betty Boop’, ‘Playboy’, ‘Sunsprite’ and ‘Rainbow Sorbet’,

Garden Legends Live On By Designs & Impressions They Leave on The Earth | Our Hearts and Minds

‘Iceberg’ Floribunda Rose next to ‘Kimberlina’ Floribunda Rose

Garden Legends, please check out my page on Facebook, are stories about people, plants, & companies and how their passion for creating better, more beautiful, easy to grow plants will live on as a tribute to them by rooting and grounding beautiful plants across the land in the hearts and gardens of people everywhere. Along with Gene Boerner, two of the most notable American Rose Breeders; Bill Warriner often called “the No.1 rose breeder in the United States and Dr. Keith Zary have created the most famous roses today while at Jackson & Perkins. 

Sunsprite' One of the First Floribunda Roses Planted | Quick Results | Happy Color
‘Sunsprite’ One of the First Floribunda Roses Planted | Quick Results | Happy Color

Rose Legends: ‘Papa Floribunda’, Bill Warriner, & Dr. Keith Zary created 100’s & 100’s of the World’s Best Roses of Today while at Jackson & Perkins

While working with Jackson & Perkins Roses,  – at the time a nearly 80-year-old rose propagation company in Newark known for its award-winning roses named for famous people, Warriner introduced the prize-winning hybrids ‘Gay Princess’, ‘Gene Boerner’ and ‘First Prize’.

He later won 19 All-America awards for his rose introductions still while working on Jackson & Perkins hybrids.

His hybridizing accomplishments were outstanding. In his job as overseer of some 100,000 seedlings in the Jackson & Perkins research facility in Irvine, CA where he developed new rose strains, he became the only rose hybridizer in the 40-year-old All-American Rose Society to win All-American honors for three new breeds, Love, Honor and Cherish, in one year, 1980. I planted all three in my Plano, Texas garden.

'First Prize' Grows the size of salad plates in the Texas Garden
‘First Prize’ Grows the size of salad plates in the Texas Garden

Trust Roses That Have Won Multiple Awards by the World’s Best Rose Breeders

Bill Warriner retired as director of Jackson & Perkins research after working with the company for 25 years and developing 150 varieties of roses! His creations have continued to gain prestige since his retirement. Bill Warriner passed away at the age of 69 in 1991.

Dr. Zary is only the second US rose breeder to win the President’s International Trophy (PIT) and Gold Medal Award of the Royal National Rose Society. The rose that won is called ‘Greetings’, a white centered, purple shrub/landscape-type rose that is currently not available in the US, but is sold in England.

Another one of the first roses I planted in the Illinois floribunda garden is a rose exclusive to Jackson & Perkins called ‘Kimberlina’ bred by Dr. Keith Zary. Why is this important to you? Because we want you to be successful with the roses you buy and plant. The American Rose Society requested we review some roses in our garden. Here are some of the the roses of the season that are the first to bloom: with a video of ‘Kimberlina’ to show hundreds if not a thousand buds ready to burst into bloom. http://If you want lush candelabras of roses, rapid bloom cycles, and a rose garden to enjoy for color and the joy of being in your own rose garden you want floribundas.

*If you haven’t checked out the American Rose Society, current President of the American Rose Society, Pat Shanley believes in sustainable rose gardening and is dedicated to every aspect to growing better roses. She also oversees the magazine the “American Rose” magazine, along with Executive Director, Laura Seabaugh. This magazine is completely dedicated to promoting gardening, education, preservation and appreciation of the rose. The American Rose Society is one of the few societies left that continues to publish a print publication 6 times a year along with several newsletters/bulletins and provides each member with a “Handbook for Selecting Roses” and “Creating a Beautiful Rose Garden” booklet. 
Former president & rose education advocate Jolene Adams believes that the only way to dispel the myth that roses are difficult to grow is rose growing education. The American Rose Society is dedicated to providing you the gardener with education on how to grow better roses. If you haven’t check them out. Rosarians are standing by to answer your questions. Rose.org 

 

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Starting Over With Roses

'Gene Boerner' a floribunda rose named for the man that worked his entire life for Jackson & Perkins 'aka' as 'Papa Floribunda', he hybridized more than 60 roses.

You too can start over.

Anybody can start over. You may not go willingly, but once you set your mind to it, the change may be filled with new opportunities. We moved to Illinois from Texas in 2011 leaving behind rose gardens that I had invested heart and soul creating. The Illinois property sits on 3 1/2 acres of rolling sandy loam hills, and did not have a single rose. We left behind over 225 roses in Plano, Texas (the safest city in America of its size unless you’re my kidnapped lawn decorations) that took 20 years to collect. I now live 40 miles from Starbucks and 80 miles from Home Depot.  Whoever does Home Depot’s site planning must be sitting in Salem, Oregon studying their data viewing ‘flyover’ states as not worth a little road trip because this area is booming and could easily supply Home Depot with lots of business.

From 3 minutes from a Starbucks to 40 miles

Now after living in Plano, Texas; a totally consumer centric life style driven by hopping in the car for a 3 minute drive to Starbucks for coffee, Whole Foods, and Central Market type of living to being 15 miles from a Walmart, I’ve come to love it. My aunt that lived in the Santa Ynez wine country had city councils fight to keep big box stores and consumerism out of their counties, we live that way for free. You see this is farm country, we grow corn and soy beans out here. Susan what’s your point? They don’t sell potted fancy rose bushes out here either. Can you imagine my shock trying to find a landscape center that sold potted hybrid teas? I called the nearest landscape center 40 miles away and asked if they carried hybrid teas and the answer to my question was “what’s that?”. You see there are trade-offs.

Come To ‘Papa’! ‘Papa Floribunda’ ‘Gene Boerner’ That Is

We started over in Illinois, June, 2011 walking you through putting in new rose gardens in stages. So now you see why when I spotted ‘Gene Boerner’ at Rural King, in September of 2011 I was shocked and nearly shed a tear. They carry primarily  Star Roses ‘KnockOut®’ roses, which I love also but I wanted more than only ‘KnockOuts’®. They had very little selection in hybrid tea or floribunda roses, so to see one ‘Gene Boerner’ which has a stellar reputation and came out in 1968 and is still rated in the ARS* Handbook of Selecting Roses an 8.2 I grabbed it and planted it as the first floribunda in my Illinois floribunda garden. Once I looked up the history of ‘who is Gene Boehner’ the irony wasn’t lost on me. ‘Gene Boehner’ is known as ‘Papa Floribunda’. A jovial man he worked his entire life at Jackson & Perkins where he hybridized more than 60 roses! I’m so glad the first rose in our floribunda rose garden was ‘Gene Boerner.’ Known as ‘Papa Floribunda’ of Jackson & Perkins ‘Gene Boerner’ is symbolic to me for many reasons. Jackson & Perkins is a brand that is symbolic to America for roses. Also ‘Gene Boerner’ you see pictured here is one of the first roses to bloom each spring. This rose is also very disease resistant.

Garden Legends Live On By Designs & Impressions They Leave on The Earth | Our Hearts and Minds

Garden Legends are stories about people, plants, & companies and how their passion for creating better, more beautiful, easy to grow plants will live on as a tribute to them by rooting and grounding beautiful plants across the land in the hearts and gardens of people everywhere. Along with Gene Boerner, two of the most notable American Rose Breeders; Bill Warriner often called “the No.1 rose breeder in the United States and Dr. Keith Zary have created the most famous roses today while at Jackson & Perkins.

Rose Legends: ‘Papa Floribunda’, Bill Warriner, & Dr. Keith Zary created 100’s & 100’s of the World’s Best Roses of Today while at Jackson & Perkins

While working with Jackson & Perkins Roses,  – at the time a nearly 80-year-old rose propagation company in Newark known for its award-winning roses named for famous people, Warriner introduced the prize-winning hybrids ‘Gay Princess’, ‘Gene Boerner’ and ‘First Prize’.

He later won 19 All-America awards for his rose introductions still while working on Jackson & Perkins hybrids.

His hybridizing accomplishments were outstanding. In his job as overseer of some 100,000 seedlings in the Jackson & Perkins research facility in Irvine, CA where he developed new rose strains, he became the only rose hybridizer in the 40-year-old All-American Rose Society to win All-American honors for three new breeds, Love, Honor and Cherish, in one year, 1980. I planted all three in my Plano, Texas garden.

Trust Roses That Have Won Multiple Awards by the World’s Best Rose Breeders

Bill Warriner retired as director of Jackson & Perkins research after working with the company for 25 years and developing 150 varieties of roses! His creations have continued to gain prestige since his retirement. Bill Warriner passed away at the age of 69 in 1991.

Dr. Zary is only the second US rose breeder to win the President’s International Trophy (PIT) and Gold Medal Award of the Royal National Rose Society. The rose that won is called ‘Greetings’, a white centered, purple shrub/landscape-type rose that is currently not available in the US, but is sold in England.

Another one of the first roses I planted in the Illinois floribunda garden is a rose exclusive to Jackson & Perkins called ‘Kimberlina’ bred by Dr. Keith Zary. Why is this important to you? Because we want you to be successful with the roses you buy and plant. The American Rose Society requested we review some roses Here’s the video http://

‘Gene Boerner’

'Gene Boerner' a floribunda rose named for the man that worked his entire life for Jackson & Perkins 'aka' as 'Papa Floribunda', he hybridized more than 60 roses.
‘Gene Boerner’ a floribunda rose named for the man that worked his entire life for Jackson & Perkins ‘aka’ as ‘Papa Floribunda’, he hybridized more than 60 roses. #myjproses

If you want lush candelabras of roses, rapid bloom cycles, and a rose garden to enjoy for color and the joy of being in your own rose garden you want floribundas.

Here are the roses of the 2016 season that are the first to bloom: with a video of ‘Kimberlina’ to show hundreds if not a thousand buds ready to burst into bloom for the rose blooming season of 2016:

'Betty Boop' Floribunda, a red-blend beauty that lasts and lasts in the rose garden
‘Betty Boop’ Floribunda, a red-blend beauty that lasts and lasts in the rose garden
'Sunsprite' a deep yellow floribunda rose that's a winner in the rose garden
Sunsprite’ a deep yellow floribunda rose that’s a winner in the rose garden
'Heirloom' The first bloom of the 2016 rose blooming season
‘Heirloom’ The first bloom of the 2016 rose blooming season #myjproses
‘Sugar Plum’ #MyJPRoses

Benefits of The American Rose Society

If you haven’t checked out the American Rose Society, current President of the American Rose Society, Pat Shanley believes in sustainable rose gardening and is dedicated to every aspect to growing better roses. She also oversees the magazine the “American Rose” magazine, along with Executive Director, Laura Seabaugh. This magazine is completely dedicated to promoting gardening, education, preservation and appreciation of the rose. The American Rose Society is one of the few societies left that continues to publish a print publication 6 times a year along with several newsletters/bulletins and provides each member with a “Handbook for Selecting Roses” and “Creating a Beautiful Rose Garden” booklet. 
Former president & rose education advocate Jolene Adams believes that the only way to dispel the myth that roses are difficult to grow is rose growing education. The American Rose Society is dedicated to providing you the gardener with education on how to grow better roses. If you haven’t check them out. Rosarians are standing by to answer your questions. Rose.org 
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