We are excited to welcome Kristen Smith of Star Roses and Plants to talk about Star's new rose introductions for 2013! 

Kristen Smith is the new plants coordinated at Star Roses. She graduated with a degree in Horticulture from The Pennsylvania State University in 2013.  Following graduation she spent a year as an intern at Stonecrop Gardens.  She has been working at Star® Roses and Plants in the role of New Plants Coordinator for seven years.  Part of her job as a member of the New Products Development is to organize and evaluate the rose trials in West Grove, PA and organize distribution of roses, woody plants, and perennials to trial sites around the country.

From the Peace rose to the revolutionary Knock Out® and Drift® Roses, Star® Roses and Plants/Conard-Pyle has been a pioneer in the field of plant development and introduction for more than 100 years. Founded in 1897 as a retail mail order firm specializing in roses, Star® Roses and Plants/Conard-Pyle, has evolved from a wholesale container nursery to a leading genetics company involved directly in breeding roses, perennials and woody plants, and introducing plants from other breeders around the world.

We'll also hear from Annie Haven on the importance of hydrating bare root roses prior to planting. 

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