Planning A Spring Rose Garden

Gene Boerner Magnificent Floribunda, 2013 spring bloom

Growing roses can be easy. Most gardeners tell me they want a rose garden. Time constraints today demand easy steps to see quick results and the considerable cost that we invest in our gardens require lasting success. When asked why they don’t grow roses most people tell me they think Continue Reading

Reflections of A Desert Rose

Desert Rose Seedlings

Can you love a plant? Is it possible to love a finicky, difficult, worrisome plant? Let’s see how that could be possible. Just like some people in our lives plants can be finicky, difficult, and worrisome and yet still surprise us I never wanted houseplants. The plan was to direct Continue Reading

Why I Wrote Four Seasons of Roses

Julia Child

Necessity…the mother of invention ~ Plato Necessity is why I wrote Four Seasons of Roses 2014 Monthly Guide to Rose Care.  Everyone that visits my rose garden tells me that they want roses.  I ask them “what’s standing between you and the object of your desire?” The answer is always Continue Reading

The Keys to the Gardening Kingdom, at the IGC Show

Star Roses & Plants Conard - Pyle Executives pictured with Susan Fox at IGC Show

What do you think is the key that will draw people to your event? The Independent Garden Center (IGC) Show was held last week, at Navy Pier on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan where it meets the Chicago River. IGC Show Founders, Publishers, and Executive Directors Jeff and Cheryl Continue Reading

Rainbow Colors of Weeks Roses®

Karen Kemp Docksteader, Weeks Roses, Sales & Marketing Manager

“I love you more than rainbow colors.” Ella Claire Fox* Roses speak to us in rainbow colors. A single rose bud is a tapestry of color unfurling in a single day. If you could hear colors I am sure it would be a rainbow orchestra. Roses In The Summertime on Continue Reading