Sandy’s Picks for 2017 | Exhibition Roses You’ll Love

January 26, 2017

Sandy and Bob Lundberg have been growing roses since the 1970's and exhibiting them in rose shows since 1989. In that time they have grown a ton of roses and have become a "GO TO" source for advice on varieties for exhibition. For the past 25 years, Sandy has published "Sandy's Picks"; a list of roses that she thinks you'll love. Well, almost all of em.  This no nonsense approach to reporting on roses has endearded her to rose growers everywhere.

We caught up with Sandy at Top Gun 2016. An exhibitors conclave; this event is an opportunity for top exhibitors to teach the tricks of the trade to up and coming exhibitors. Sandy is a sought after speaker in the rose world and was a featured presenter at this event. She allowed us to record her presentation. 

With Sandy's permission I have attached her slides from the presentation in the PDF format so you can follow along and see all the beautiful roses she mentions on today's show.  


Companion Materials: 

Click the links below to follow along with Sandy's talk. 

Sandy's Picks 1

Sandy's Picks 2

Five Exhibition Roses To Awaken The Exhibitor Within You | Bob Martin

August 28, 2016
Exhibiting roses is a fun and rewarding hobby. We believe deep inside most every rose grower is an exhibitor waiting for an opportunity to show the world their blooms. Today we hear from a rose master who'll tell us about five exhibition quality roses that you can grow and show. We think that by growing these roses, it'll surely awaken the exhibitor within you. This includes one rose that gets as big as a Volkswagen! Well, at least in Bob's garden... 

Here's a list of the roses Bob chatted with us about today:
  1. Rose de Rescht - Old Garden Rose (OGR)
  2. Joy - Miniature
  3. Julia Child - Floribunda
  4. Butter Cream - Miniflora
  5. Dona Martin - Hybrid Tea
Click the links to view photo's and purchase information for these roses from online retailers.  

About Our Guest:

Bob Martin has been growing roses for 44 years. He is one of the top exhibitors in the United States and maintains a garden of over 400 varieties. He is an ARS Master Rosarian, an Accredited Horticultural Judge and an Accredited Arrangements Judge. 

Bob is the current Vice President of the American Rose Society, is chairman of the American Rose Society Horticultural Exhibitor's Committee and Editor of the American Rose Society quarterly publication, the Rose Exhibitors' Forum. He maintains a website covering U.S. rose shows at as well as a Facebook site for Rose Exhibitors' Forum. Bob has also been an Editor of Horizon Roses for 21 years and the National Editor for ten years. He is the author of the book "Showing Good Roses" and was honored for his lifetime contribution to rose education as a 2009 recipient of the ARS Klima Medal.

Bob is an active rose exhibitor at all levels and the 2007 recipient of the ARS Guy Blake Hedrick Jr. Award for lifetime achievement in rose exhibiting. During his 30 year exhibiting career, he has shown roses in more than 220 shows, winning more than 1,400 trophies in every exhibiting class, including 13 national trophies. Bob has also judged an additional 84 shows and is a frequent lecturer at judging schools through out the country.

An avid hybridizer, he has 14 registered varieties, including the show roses  'Butter Cream' & 'Dona Martin', varieties mentioned on today's broadcast. 

Today's Show Links:

The cornerstone of rose culture in the United States.
American Rose Society - Find a local rose show!
Top Exhibition Roses, Rose Show Results and more!
The "Must Have" insiders guide to purchasing exhibition roses.

Exhibiting Mini & Miniflora Roses with Richard Anthony

May 20, 2015
The rose show season is in full swing and exhibitors all over the country are on the hunt for the best exhibition roses all in pursuit of the coveted Queen of Show.  

Richard Anthony is our guest for this episode. He is a rose hybridizer, national level exhibitor and owner of Richard has won over 100 Queens of Show over 12 years of exhibiting roses. In recent seasons he has won 3 National Queens and 8 District Queens and he’s joining us to talk about his top picks for exhibiting mini and miniflora roses including some growing and exhibiting tips! 

Richard’s Website:

The Rose Chat Podcast is proud to be a media sponsor of the 2015 ARS Fall National in Syracuse, New York

Growing & Showing Roses - Dan Keil

June 4, 2014

Growing & Show Roses with Dan Kiel 

Dan Kiel has been growing roses for 40 years and this week he'll be joining us to chat about this wealth of experience growing and also exhibiting roses in rose shows. Dan is a Master Rosarian, and a Master Gardener and is the Illinois-Indiana District Consulting Rosarian Chairman and serves as President of the Stephen Decatur Rose Society. He maintains a spectacular garden of 475 roses.