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 RoseShow.com 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.