Garden Legends |Their Story & Roses

Jackson & Perkins Floribunda. New Generation Roses ® Collection. Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary, U.S.
Jackson & Perkins Floribunda. New Generation Roses ® Collection. Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary, U.S.
Jackson & Perkins Floribunda. New Generation Roses ® Collection. Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary, U.S.

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. Two of the most notable American Rose Breeders; Bill Warriner often called “the No.1 rose breeder in the United States.

Bred by William A. Warriner (United States, 1972). Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins Co. as 'Heirloom'.
‘Heirloom at Sunrise’
Bred by William A. Warriner (United States, 1972).
Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins Co. as ‘Heirloom’.

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 while working on J&P hybrids.

Bred by William A. Warriner (United States, 1990). Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins (Wholesale) in 1991 as 'Barbara Bush'. Hybrid Tea.
Bred by William A. Warriner (United States, 1990).
Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins (Wholesale) in 1991 as ‘Barbara Bush’.
Hybrid Tea.

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.

Bred by William A. Warriner (United States, before 1977). Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins Co. in 1980 as 'Love'. Grandiflora.
Bred by William A. Warriner (United States, before 1977).
Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins Co. in 1980 as ‘Love’.
Grandiflora.

He 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.

Exhibition name: Brigadoon ™ Bred by William A. Warriner (United States, 1991). Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins Co. in 1992 as 'Brigadoon'. Hybrid Tea. New Generation Roses ® Collection.
Exhibition name: Brigadoon â„¢
Bred by William A. Warriner (United States, 1991).
Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins Co. in 1992 as ‘Brigadoon’.
Hybrid Tea. New Generation Roses ® Collection.

Dr. Keith Zary now with Gardens Alive! was also a rose judge with me at the Biltmore International Rose Trials along with his wife Debbie Zary in 2015. The awards his roses have won include three major European Rose Trials. Dr. Zary also bred ‘Bill Warriner’ a wonderful fkoribunda which I had in Texas. It blooms non-stop and I have pictures of it that I will post when I locate the negatives.

Pink blend Hybrid Tea. Registration name: JACnepal Exhibition name: Gemini Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary (United States, 1991). Introduced in United States by Bear Creek Gardens, Inc. in 1999 as 'Gemini'.
Pink blend Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: JACnepal
Exhibition name: Gemini
Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary (United States, 1991).
Introduced in United States by Bear Creek Gardens, Inc. in 1999 as ‘Gemini’.

We sat at the same table during the awards and it was so interesting to hear the story of how learn that ‘Kimberlina’ was actually named for the exit that Jackson & Perkins was located off of in CA when he worked there.

Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary (United States, 1999). Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins (Wholesale) in 2009 as 'Kimberlina'. Floribunda.
Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary (United States, 1999).
Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins (Wholesale) in 2009 as ‘Kimberlina’.
Floribunda.

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.

Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary, U.S. Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins
Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary, U.S.
Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins

‘Terra Jubilee’, a cream-to-light-pink floribunda, won the Netherlands’ Golden Rose of The Hague.
Dr. Zary joined Jackson & Perkins in 1985 as only the fourth breeder in the company’s 126-year history. He is responsible for growing some 400,000 varieties of roses in the company’s 20 acres of research gardens and greenhouses. Ultimately, out of these hundreds of thousands of roses, only a select few will be chosen.

Texas Rose Garden | 'Brigadoon'
Texas Rose Garden | ‘Brigadoon’

Here’s my brag book of roses by Bill Warriner, and Dr. Keith Zary two Garden Legends bred while at Jackson & Perkins.

Those of you that read my writing know what a wake-up call it was for me starting over with the rose gardens of Illinois. I had to drive 90 miles to Rosey Acres to get the first potted roses to plant. The solution is to buy fine roses from a great online rose provider. And people want roses like these roses. Planting bare root roses is easy Here’s How To Plant A Bare Root Rose While researching some info I discovered that many of these roses are only now available via Jackson & Perkins online with free shipping for orders of $75.00! JacksonandPerkins JPFree75

Gaga's Garden Floribunda Rose Garden in Illinois
Gaga’s Garden Floribunda Rose Garden in Illinois Featuring Gene Boerner

 During the Biltmore International Rose Trials

Susan Fox | Debbie Zary at The Biltmore Rose Trials, Ashville, NC
Susan Fox | Debbie Zary at The Biltmore Rose Trials, Ashville, NC

 

 

 

 

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The Northwest Flower & Garden Show | Grow & Learn

Gaga's Little Red Barn, A Symbol of the country lifestyle, and the transition of urban life, moving from Plano, Texas to a village of 1100 in Illinois.
Gaga's Little Red Barn, A Symbol of the country lifestyle, and the transition of urban life, moving from Plano, Texas to a village of 1100 in Illinois.
Gaga’s Little Red Barn, A Symbol of the country lifestyle, and the transition of urban life, moving from Plano, Texas to a village of 1100 in Illinois.

“Con­sumers are constantly connected, and that’s not a bad thing,” says Susan McCoy, Garden Media president. “It’s time for the industry to fully embrace technology and all it can do for the garden. The more consumers learn about nature, the more they will grow to care about it.” ~ Susan McCoy

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GARDEN 101: Garden Royalty

The Secret to Landscaping With Roses

Day: Wednesday, 2/17/2016

Time: 2:15 PM

Seminar Room: Rainier

Roses, Bearded Iris and Peony have graced gardens for more than a century. Today they are deservedly popular, with more varieties than ever before, many suitable for NW gardens. These Beauty Queens need not be intimidating! Join three nationally acclaimed experts, as they share the secrets to getting the most from of these plants. Rosarian Susan Fox, horticulturist Kelly D. Norris and Peony expert Kathleen Gagan will inspire your love affair with these magnificent plants.

Gaga's Illinois Rose Garden, the elevated garden of hybrid teas, floridunda's, and David Austin Roses.
Gaga’s Illinois Rose Garden, the elevated garden of hybrid teas, floridunda’s, and David Austin Roses.

See It, Learn It, Do It: Practical Insights to Grow Your Gardening Skills

“We have a wide array of seminars to help you amp up your skills in the garden. Learn to prune like a pro, divide your perennials, grow healthy blooming orchids, plant a shrub or tree (so it doesn’t die), start seeds, and make light work of those inevitable weeds!

'Above and Beyond' by Dr. David Zlesak
‘Above and Beyond’ by Dr. David Zlesak

Miniature Roses: Hot New Color Spots

Susan Fox – Consulting Rosarian and author, Four Seasons of Roses Monthly Guide to Rose Care

Roses are the perfect flower choice when you want to create an ever-changing splash of color. From bud to a fully open rose, minis and multifloras lure you back to your garden each morning. These are winter hardy, easy-to-grow perennials that can make a color spot so rich and intriguing you will be lured back to your garden just to see the bloom cycles And some miniatures can be grown both indoors and outdoors.

Four Seasons of Roses Monthly Guide to Rose Care

Date: Thursday, Feb 18 at 6:45 pm / Book signing to follow

Seminar Room: Hood

Proven Winners 'Oso Easy' Pink Cupcake
Proven Winners ‘Oso Easy’ Pink Cupcake

See It, Learn It, Do It: Come to The Northwest Flower & Garden Show The 2nd Largest Garden Show in The U.S. the “True Gardener’s Garden Show.”

Northwest Flower & Garden Show Speakers

C.L. Fornari The Garden Lady
Chris Beardshaw: One Hundred Plants That Almost Changed The World
Richie Steffan: Designing With Ferns
Kristin Green: Vintage Vogue
Kelly D. Norris: Plants With Style
Ciscoe Morris: That Can’t Grow Here
Debbie Teashon: Star of The Season Garden Party

26 Jan Solving Design Challenges With Style: Artistic Inspiration for Every Garden

Our next seminar category is about tricky design problems and how to solve them. You can be your own expert after dropping in on these seminars.

Along with the seminars above, this category contains some more garden superstars. Author Jenny Peterson will show how to introduce the trend “staycations” into your own yard with her seminar “Creating an Entertaining Garden: Outdoor Spaces for Connecting.”

Stumped on how to combine plants properly? Brenda C. Adams can help with “Truly Compelling Combinations: Creating Sizzle and Subtlety.” She also will be speaking on “Having It All: Beauty and Low Maintenance” (which is possible!). 2016 NWFGS Show Judge Brian Minter can also share some combo advice in his seminar “The Art of Combination: Taking the Ordinary to the Extraordinary.”

Looking to design DIY? You’ll need to see NWFGS Garden Creator Phil Wood‘s seminar “Secrets of Garden Design: Solving Problems to Make a Great Garden” to help you transform unsightly views, bad neighbors, and many other common problems.

Chanticleer Garden is a renowned estate and garden in Pennsylvania. Horticulturalist Dan Benarcik has been with Chanticleer for 23 seasons and will be spilling insider secrets on how they keep the garden looking stunning in his seminars “Chanticleer: The Art of Gardening” and “Design Principles of the Chanticleer Pros For Home Gardeners.”

Ever heard of “Carpet Gardening?” You have now. NWFGS Garden Creator Susan Calhoun will show you how to weave groundcovers into beautiful plant tapestries.

Solve all of your garden design problems in a matter of 45 minutes. You can find the full seminar schedule online… and remember, all of these seminars are completely FREE with your Northwest Flower & Garden Show ticket! -Courtney

The Rose Garden and Companion Proven Winner Plantings
The Rose Garden and Companion Proven Winner Plantings
 The Northwest Flower & garden Show demigraphics: 60,ooo attendees 4,100 followers on Twitter

 Advocates of Education from The American Rose Society President Pat Shanley and Past President, Jolene Adams

American Rose Society President, Pat Shanley, John DelVecheccio, and past ARS presidents. Jim Herring, Marilyn Wellan, and Jeff Wycoff
American Rose Society President, Pat Shanley, John DelVecheccio, and past ARS presidents. Jim Herring, Marilyn Wellan, and Jeff Wycoff as she is sworn in for her term as ARS president at the Fall convention in Syracuse, NY
American Rose Society Past President, Jolene Adams, Education Champion and Oz Osborn
American Rose Society Past President, Jolene Adams, and Oz Osborn

 

A New York State of Mind | The American Rose Convention

Susan Fox | 'Neil Diamond' 2nd Place Hybrid Tea Award Winner in 2014 American Rose Society Photography Contest Novice Class

This week-end is the American Rose Society Convention, Roses in a New York State of Mind, in Syracuse, NY at the Holiday Inn. Look for posts on my Gaga’s Garden Facebook page Garden Legends and on Twitter. I’m going to use the hashtag #gardenlegends because so many of the people I consider Garden Legends will be attending this conference. I’ll be taking notes and sharing as much educational info with you as I can. This is a repost of the event. If you have a question of a comment please tweet me @gagasgarden.

John Mattia | holding and his American Rose Magazine cover feature 'Veterans Honor' winner of the Digital Photography Hybrid Tea Award Winning 'Veterans Honor'
John Mattia | Holding ‘Moonstone’ and his American Rose Magazine cover feature ‘Veterans Honor’ winner of the Digital Photography Hybrid Tea Award Winning ‘Veterans Honor’

The American Rose Society National Convention is September 10-13, Syracuse, NY at the Holiday Inn, Syracuse

Photography Panelist Sally Long | Award Winning ‘Dick Clark’

Sally Long | 2015 American Rose Society Convention Photography Panelist |Her Double Delight Preview
Sally Long | 2015 American Rose Society Convention Photography Panelist |Her Double Delight Preview

Photography Moderator and American Rose Society National Chair of Photography

Curtis Aumiller and his award winning ‘Sally Holmes’

Curtis AumillerModerator and ARS National Chair of Photography | 'Sally Holmes'
Curtis AumillerModerator and ARS National Chair of Photography | ‘Sally Holmes’

Photography Panelist Bill Kozemchak | Award Winning Bev Parish’

Bill Kozemchak Photographer | 'Bev Parish' Winning Master Class Arrangement Class photo from 2013
Bill Kozemchak Photographer | ‘Bev Parish’ Winning Master Class Arrangement Class photo from 2013

Susan Fox and her award winning ‘Neil Diamond’

Susan Fox | 'Neil Diamond' 2nd Place Hybrid Tea Award Winner in 2014 American Rose Society Photography Contest Novice Class
Susan Fox | ‘Neil Diamond’ 2nd Place Hybrid Tea Award Winner in 2014 American Rose Society Photography Contest Novice Class

 Y’all come see us!

IMG_0545Chris Van Cleave of Rosechat Radio| Susan Fox | Teresa Byington of A Garden Diary

The American Rose Society leadership invited the worlds leading authorities on roses to come and they’re all coming. That’s just a fact. Simply stated the most famous hybridizers and rose authorities in the world will be there: Michael Marriott, David Austin Roses of the UK.

'Munstead Wood' David Austin Rose voted a Biltmore Rose Trial Most Fragrant Rose of the 2014 #BiltmoreRoseTrials
‘Munstead Wood’ David Austin Rose voted Most Fragrant Rose at the 2014 International #BiltmoreRoseTrials

Will Radler, creator of the original Knock Out® Rose who changed the world’s landscape forever introduced by The Conard-Pyle Co./Star® Roses Company;

'Radrazz' Double KnockOut Rose
‘Radrazz’ Double KnockOut Rose

Alain Meilland from Meilland International, whose family “got into roses” around 1850, creator of the worlds most famous rose, ‘Peace’; and roses that continue to make an impact across the world.

'Peace' by Meilland Roses, the most popular rose in the world
‘Peace’ by Meilland Roses, the most popular rose in the world

Thomas Proll, Lead Breeder of Kordes Roses, Germany; Steve Hutton, President and CEO of Conard-Pyle Co./Star® Roses; Dr. Dave Byrne, AgriLife Research Horticulturist of Texas A&M; and Dr. Jim Sproul, General Director, Rose Hybridizers Assoc., Bakersfield, CA. This meeting will include the swearing in of the new American Rose Society president Ms. Pat Shanley and the newly elected Vice President Mr. Robert Martin, who will also be doing a presentation on showing roses. And we will thank Ms. Jolene Adams and current officers for their service. If you can come to this convention I can truly say this is the most outstanding line-up of speakers I have ever seen at a convention. Come join us whether you are interested in roses, gardening, learning or socializing there’s lots for you to do. And we would love to meet you. The dates are September 10-13, 2015, Syracuse, New York at the Holiday Inn, Syracuse. If the hotel is booked they have an adjoining hotel and many others in the area. Or plan a day trip. Call ARS if you need any details or contact me via this post.

The name of the photography presentation that I am so honored to have been asked to be a part of is:

Getting That Award-Winning Rose PHOTO

American Rose Society Fall Convention: Friday, September 11, 2015: 1:15-2:15 Syracuse, NY, Holiday Inn, Syracuse

Corona Tools, is sponsoring a special surprise for attendees to the photography session

'Julia Child' by Weeks Roses featured this shot of 'Julia Child' in The American Rose Society 2014 Calendar
‘Julia Child’ by Weeks Roses featured this shot of ‘Julia Child’ in The American Rose Society 2014 Calendar

The moderator of our photography presentation will be Curtis Aumiller, ARS National Chair of Photography from Camp Hill , PA. The panelists are Bill Kozemchak, Levittown, PA; Sally Long, El Cajon, CA; and John Mattia, Orange, CA., I was asked to be part of this panel and I am ecstatic about it.

Corona Tools Needle Nose Pruners
Corona Tools Needle Nose Pruners

My Rosechat friends Teresa Byington and Chris VanCleave are the Rose Show Award Presentation Master of Ceremonies as well so we will be doing a live twitter feed that night promoting the event via Rosechat and twitter. Especially if you live anywhere close so that you can make this a week-end or a day trip just check out the schedule below. I guarantee you will make friends for life.

American Rose Society Convention Schedule-At-A-Glance

Pat Shanley To Be sworn in as New ARS President

Susan Fox | Pat Shanley at The Biltmore Rose Trials
Susan Fox | Pat Shanley at The Biltmore Rose Trials

2015 Star® Roses and Plants/Conard-Pyle collection of roses featured at The Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Star Roses on Parade
Star Roses on Parade

Our new Executive Director of the American Rose Society Laura ‘Sees’ Roses Seabaugh, and John Beaty, of Beaty Fertilizer Company, maker of Mills Magic Rose Mix fertilizer sponsor of the Chicago Flower and Garden Show.

Susan Fox | John Beaty | Laura Seabaugh
Susan Fox | John Beaty | Laura Seabaugh

 ‘Elle’ A Meilland Rose

'Elle' featured for the month of April, 2015 with a quote from Alain Meilland, Meilland Roses International,
‘Elle’ featured for the month of April, 2015 with a quote from Alain Meilland, Meilland Roses International,

Miracle on the Pier

The 'Classic Rose Garden' at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
― Albert Einstein

Weeks Roses in Bloom
Weeks Roses in Bloom

They said it couldn’t be done. I was almost convinced myself that we weren’t going to have a rose garden at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show – in March – in bloom. Then Show Director, Tony Abruscato and I sat down with Weeks Roses Sales Manager, Karen Kemp-Docksteader at the Independent Garden Show last August.

Tony Abruscato | Susan Fox in the Rose Garden
Tony Abruscato | Susan Fox in the Rose Garden

Karen told us that Weeks Roses would provide all the roses we would need, but we needed to locate a greenhouse to force them into bloom by March. The process of forcing roses requires a white paper alone. That’s another story altogether.

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Then Star Roses and Plants, Vice President License and New Business Development, Jacque Ferare and his team that include Tim Wood and Kyle McKean said that their company would also provide Star Roses and force all of the roses into bloom at their greenhouses in Michigan. The next thing you know Tony had brilliant Landscape Architect, Scott A Mehaffey with a design for the garden. Sprinkle in some magic dust from folks like Matthias Meilland from the most distinguished, oldest family of roses in the world and things begin to bloom.

Landscape Architect, Scott Mehaffey, Designer, Rosarian Nathan Beckner
Landscape Architect, Scott Mehaffey, Designer, Rosarian Nathan Beckner

Scott requested that creative rosarian genius Nathan Beckner of Gethsemane Gardens take a leading role with this project. This man talks to roses and they obey. I know this to be true. Nathan engaged Ted’s Greenhouse to force his roses that include some of the most beautiful David Austin Roses I have ever seen. Nathan’s David Austin ‘Shropshire Lad’ captured everyone’s heart as it swept over the arbor, a magical sight for Illinoisans winter weary eyes. To know Nathan Beckner is to love him.

'Shropshire Lad' by David Austin Roses, Nathan Beckner's Rose at The Chicago Flower & Garden Show in bloom in March
‘Shropshire Lad’ by David Austin Roses, Nathan Beckner’s Rose at The Chicago Flower & Garden Show in bloom in March

Nathan was at the show before it opened, watering and dead-heading the plants, staying as a docent, pruning roses and then he went to his full-time job. If you live near Gethsemene Garden Center you have one of the nation’s leading rosarians, Nathan Beckner as a consultant. If you love roses and gardens at flower shows then we owe these companies a tremendous debt, paid in gratitude, respect and our business. A way to honor these folks and be sure we have future rose gardens at The Chicago Flower & Garden Show  is to give them your business because many of them worked at the show on their own time as volunteers.

Steve Sanger, Renowned Rose Hybridizer working with Laura Seabaugh at the ARS Table
Steve Sanger, Renowned Rose Hybridizer with Laura Seabaugh at the ARS Table

Landscape Architect and Founder of American Gardens, Jerry Milewski, built the garden and was there almost every day working as a volunteer answering questions from very gracious and grateful visitors. Even the Chicago Botanic Garden Master Horticulturist, Tom Soulsby (who I interviewed for the 2014 American Rose Society Annual for the article I wrote on the Krasburg Rose Garden) volunteered for a day and worked at the rose garden. John Beaty of Mills Magic was there opening night. We are so proud to have him as our organic fertilizer sponsor. And just think about the amount of organic soil that Mark Highland, of Organic Mechanics had to bring in for gardens like this. And yes I use his soil and I love it.

Susan Fox | John Beaty | Laura Seabaugh
Susan Fox | John Beaty | Laura Seabaugh

The American Rose Society (ARS) worked with me at record speeds, accomplishing coverage of volunteer Consulting Rosarians for the entire show to answer any questions the public might have about roses. Analytic Director for Mesa Boogie, Michael Fox provided me with the solution for tracking our volunteers. Thank-you Michael. And we have to thank Jolene Adams, Pat Shanley and Jeffrey Ware of the American Rose Society for providing material and sending Laura Seabaugh and her close friend Yvonne Matherne who worked at the show right beside me as crowds filled our rose garden throughout the show. ARS President, Jolene Adams was the first person I asked if she thought this project was feasible. She was my behind the scenes coach and a cheerleader every step of the way. ARS, Vice President Pat Shanley is the most generous, fast acting, get things done person I’ve ever seen working through and with Jeffry Ware and Laura Seabaugh to make things happen.

Julia Child in Bloom
Julia Child in Bloom

So you see roses bloomed in Chicago thanks to all these wonderful folks for the first time in over ten years.

Gardeners attending the show saw that roses are easy to grow, require minimal care, are long living, and resilient. The American Rose Society (ARS) Director of Membership, Laura Seabaugh assisted as we coordinated ARS volunteer docents Consulting Rosarians available throughout the show at the rose gardens to answer questions about rose growing any attendees may have.

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‘Apricot Candy’ Glowing as it springs into bloom

Pictures are truly worth a thousand words. Here are the Star and Weeks Roses that we had at the show.

Star Roses on Parade
Star Roses on Parade

Star Roses and Plants

Dee-Lish

Pink Flamingo

Eternal Flame

Apricot Candy

Sunshine Daydream

Greenmark PR President, Sue Markgraf
Greenmark PR President, Sue Markgraf next to David Austin climbing rose in bloom

Weeks Roses

Anna’s Promise

Cinco De Mayo

Julia Child

Jump for Joy

Koko Loko

Oh My!

Fairy Garden That Delighted Everyone Young and Old
Fairy Garden That Delighted Everyone Young and Old

The Fairy Garden

Garden Wise Living designed the Fairy Garden.  We had miniature roses within the design to delight gardeners and children alike. The Fairy Garden was so popular with young and old alike. twitter ID is @greenblessings.

A Thought to Leave You With

The CEO of  Tom’s Shoes, Tom Mycoskie, Founder of One for One said he didn’t “wake up one day knowing he could change the world.” (paraphrased) But he is changing the world providing shoes for people all over the world one pair of shoes at a time. Read his story folks and if you don’t think Mom wants a rose bush for Mother’s Day buy her a pair of Tom’s shoes and know you just put a pair of shoes on the feet of people who may never have had a pair of shoes, or maybe buy her a rose bush and a pair of Tom’s Shoes*

David Austin Roses
David Austin Roses

Special thanks to Certified Roses, Mills Magic and Sue Markgraf and Gina Tedesco of Greenmark PR who were absolutely amazing through this show. Sue Markgraf is world class.

disclaimer: I don’t own a pair of Tom’s shoes. Tom doesn’t know me, my Web site nor has he ever heard of me.  My granddaughter has a pair. I read his story this week when @MargieClayman posted his blog and I think he is a great man with a wonderful mission.

Anna's Promise in Bloom at The Chicago Flower & Garden Show
Anna’s Promise in Bloom at The Chicago Flower & Garden Show

More Pictures

Nathan Beckner on the far right with docent and show attendees
Nathan Beckner on the far right with docent and show attendees

And The Hat

The Hat my darling daughter-in-law picked out for me sight un-seen of the color of my jacket and it was perfect!
The Hat my darling daughter-in-law picked out for me sight un-seen of the color of my jacket and it was perfect!

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.