August 27, 2014
“I am not an armchair gardener. For the last forty years of my life I have broken my back, my fingernails and sometimes my heart in the practical pursuit of my favourite occupation”. - Vita Sackville West
Ann Chapman is a celebrated rosarian from New Zealand who is the author of several books on roses including "Women In My Rose Garden". About 20 years ago, she and her husband purchased Trinity Farm that they transformed into the largest organic, no spray rose gardens in New Zealand with over 1500 roses under cultivation.
Many of our best-loved heritage roses are named after women and in Ann Chapman book "The Women In My Rose Garden" she explores the lives and stories behind the evocative names. We may be familiar with Mary Queen of Scots, Amy Robsart and Jeanne d'Arc, but who were Adelaide d'Orléans, Nancy Steen and Nur Mahal? Among the 35 women described here are serene queens, duchesses and aristocrats, courageous heroines and pioneers, as well as the passionate gardeners who contributed much to the cultivation and preservation of the roses named for each one.
August 20, 2014
“Beautiful Roses for Busy People” - Earth Kind Roses
Join us for this "best of" broadcast to hear our conversation with Dr. Steve George of the Texas A & M horticultural program chatting with us on the Earth Kind Roses Program.
Dr. Steve George - Program Director for the Earth Kind Roses Program Joins us to talk about this group of environmentally friendly roses.
More About EarthKind Roses?
EarthKind® is an important designation given to select roses by Texas A&M University Agriculture program.
EarthKind® Roses have been through rigorous statewide testing and evaluation by a team of horticultural experts and found to possess the high level of landscape performance, disease resistance, and insect tolerance/resistance required for this special designation. EarthKind®Roses are among the finest, most thoroughly tested, and environmentally responsible plants for use in landscapes.
August 12, 2014
Join Lisa Smith and Nancy Reid of Big Blend Radio on the Spirit of America Tour as they explore the American Rose Center, Shreveport Louisiana. Headquarters of the American Rose Society, Lisa & Nancy chat with Amanda Figlio about the gardens, the history of the American Rose Society and about roses in general.
The spectacular Gardens of the American Rose Center are located on a 118-acre wooded tract near Shreveport, Louisiana. The gardens
are home to the national headquarters of the American Rose Society. We are the nation’s largest park dedicated to roses. The gardens were dedicated in 1974, when the American Rose Society headquarters moved to Shreveport, Louisiana from Columbus, Ohio. Today, the American Rose Center features more than 65 individual rose gardens and 20,000 rosebushes, with a variety of companion plants, sculptures and fountains, including the beautiful Dudley
Watkins Reflection Pool.
Visit www.Rose.org to learn more.
August 6, 2014
Karen Gardner joins us! Her nursery, Roses Inc. Green Country--is a business specializing in selling roses (more than 600 varieties!) as well as landscape design. Karen recently received the 2014 Green Profit Young Retailer Award. Don't miss her fascinating story from studying art in NYC to growing roses in Tulsa Oklahoma. A life changing event sent Karen's life into a tailspin. Little did she know how that one event would change her life forever. Hear this inspiring story as we chat with Karen about her nursery, rose care and about overcoming life's adversities.
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