Internationally acclaimed rosarian Jacques Ferare from Star Roses & Plants joins us to chat about Drift Roses. Drift® Roses are a cross between full-size groundcover roses and miniature roses. From the former they kept toughness, disease resistance and winter hardiness. From the miniatures, they inherited their well-managed size and repeat-blooming nature. Continuously blooming from spring to frost (bloom cycle about every 5-6 weeks), they are naturally dwarf, with very attractive foliage. They are winter hardy to zone 4. Drift® Roses range in size from 2-3' wide x 1 1/2' tall. The low, manageable habit of Drift® Roses makes them perfect for small gardens, hillsides, perennial beds and even awkward areas. They brighten up borders and fill in empty spaces around your favorite established plants. Find out more about DRIFT roses at StarRoses.com
Big Blend Radio hosts Lisa Smith and Nancy Reid join the Rose Chat Radio crew to share about their visit to Tombstone Arizona to see the world's largest rose. The "Lady Banksia" or “Lady Banks” rose was planted in 1886 and is still growing strong. It now covers approx 9000 square feet. It is a must see for rose lovers. Lisa shares a special interview with Dorothy Devere the caretaker of this rose and owner of the Rose Tree Museum. We'll get an update from this dynamic duo on their Spirit of American Tour, a 4 year long endeavor to visit every U.S. national park. In April 2012, mother-daughter publishing team Nancy Reid and Lisa Smith, along with their pink sock monkey travel mascot 'Priscilla,' kicked-off their 5 year National SPIRIT OF AMERICA TOUR with a goal to connect America as a family to America's Best Idea, by visiting all 401 National Parks, to enhance quality of life and financial stability, through education, communication, preservation and sustainable practices.
Christian Bedard - Weeks Roses Hybridizer As research director at Weeks Roses, Christian oversee's testing and selection of thousands of potential rose introductions each year. An award winning hybridizer, he is responsible for such introductions as "Ketchup & Mustard", "Sugar Moon" & "Koko Loko" just to name a few. Christian will tell us about the breeding program at Weeks, about some of his creations and will share just how he comes up with some of the names of his introductions! Weeks Roses Website
ANDY VANABLE - HYBRIDIZING ROSES Andy Vanable is the Eastern Director for the Rose Hybridizers association and will be with us to talk about some of the great rosarians of the 20th century and with over 300 hybrids to his credit, he will offer tips and advice on creating roses in your own back yard. His rose 'Hera's Song is now a registered rose, it is a hybrid of the well known Darlow's Enigma. ROSE HYBRIDIZERS ASSOCITION The primary goal of this association is to be a resource for those who wish to hybridize roses and to provide materials to aid them in this purpose. They emphasize the fun aspect of creating roses and the pure joy of seeing a rose you created bloom! RoseHybridizers.org