On today's podcast, we have the first three of our Winter Rose Tales. These tales will feature the gardener, their gardens, and what they do to care for their roses in winter.
I enjoyed being an elementary school teacher for 20 years and now I have transferred the experience over to teaching mostly adults about roses. I am the 2022 American Rose Guest Editor, A Master Consulting Rosarian, Horticulture and Arrangement judge and the Pacific NW Assistant District Director.
I have lived in and grown roses in zone 8B for 11 years. It is a maritime climate that stays relatively warm due to the warm influence of Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean.
I am a member of Seattle RS, Tacoma RS, Puyallup RS and my very local Kitsap County Rose Society.
My love of roses started as a young girl growing up in Baltimore, Maryland. I went with my parents to Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania and came home with three roses Peace, Tropicana and Chrysler Imperial. After moving to Houston with my family in 1989 I started growing roses more seriously with the help of the Houston Rose Society. I feel that one of the most important factors that I can attribute to growing roses successfully in my area has been the articles in the HRS newsletter, The Rose-Ette and the mentoring I have received from the consulting rosarians when I joined the Society. In 2012 I became a Consulting Rosarian.
I enjoy teaching about growing roses and I have given many presentations to gardening groups in the Houston area. I have served on the board of the Houston Rose Society as the publicity chairperson. I am currently serving as the president of the Houston Rose Society. Besides the satisfaction I receive from growing beautiful roses in my garden, roses have helped my meet and connect with so many wonderful people who have become very special friends.
I’m not sure when my love of roses started, perhaps before the age of two. My Grandfather had several roses in his Miami garden. I have a photo of me at 14 months stopping to sniff a blossom. Later, one of my neighbors planted a lovely crescent-shaped rose garden in his yard. He was always giving friends a few blooms and I wanted to learn more about how to grow them. So, I joined the Tidewater Rose Society and the ARS in 1979. The rest as they say, is history! I have loved my time as an ARS Consulting rosarian (now Emeritus) and as an accredited Horticultural Judge. You meet so many wonderful people and make lifelong friends as a rosarian. I have been honored to judge roses in England and Australia, and I served on the permanent panel of the Biltmore International Rose Trials.
I’ve written about gardening for about three decades in publications from Fine Gardening and Horticulture to my own award-winning blog, The Dirt Diaries. I’ve also been blessed to have a wonderful professional career as a writer and broadcast producer. My interest in journalism started early, just like my love of roses. I was interviewing local celebrities at age 9, and snagged an exclusive interview with The Beatles in 1964 when they arrived in Miami to perform on the Ed Sullivan Show. I was 13 at the time, and star reporter of my junior high school newspaper.
Writing, roses, and of course, a wonderful family ... A combo that has made my life very sweet. Yeah, yeah, yeah.
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