Winning arrangements at the recent Butte Rose Society Rose Show in Chico, California



September 30, 2015

This September the New York Times "Style Magazine" published an article about French rose hybridizer, Fabien Ducher, descendant of the world-renown French family of rose hybridizers, the Pernet-Duchers. For the past six years, Ducher has collaborated with an also well-...

August 24, 2015

On a recent trip to Portland my husband purchased a book for me entitled, "Pageant of the Rose."  The book is a compilation of historical references and lore associated with the rose by subject. The first chapter was about the rose and romance.  A few paragraphs into t...

November 1, 2014

During last year’s San Francisco Rose Society Annual Mother’s Day Show, I was delighted to see one of my neighbors, a local parks’ activist, in attendance.  We chatted for a while, and during our conversation she asked me if I was aware of an old, derelict greenhouse c...

August 25, 2014

Why did I think that growing roses would be easy?


I started with two plants with good, strong canes purchased from a reputable nursery.  I re-potted them in large terracotta clay pots using Miracle Grow soil for roses.  I placed the pots in sunny spots on my front pat...

June 21, 2014

At the San Francisco Rose Society's most recent annual rose show, which is open to the public every Mother's Day at the Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, a fellow rosarian introduced me to a treasured blossom from his garden collection.  The central flower was just...

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