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September 1, 2020

by Gail Trimble, from Marin Rose April 2004

Disbudding is the practice of removing undesirable buds. It is achieved by placing the bud between

thumb and index fingers and rocking it back and forth until the bud breaks off at the base. The earlier in the bud’s life this...

August 4, 2020

Suzanne Horn

Master Rosarian, Pacific Rose Society

This article is a 2017 Award of Merit winner

The great 13th Century Persian poet Rumi, who became one of the most widely read poets in America, wrote: “What a joy, to travel the way of the heart.” This quote aptly applies...

August 4, 2020

Satish Prabhu

Master Rosarian, South Carolina Rose Society

This article is a 2016 Award of Merit winner

Time flies when you are having fun, and this spring blooming season has flown by...but what a great season it was! This spring weather was remarkably good for...

August 4, 2020

Rich Baer

Master Rosarian, Portland Rose Society

This article is a 2015 Award of Merit winner

I believe that roses are really an easy plant to cultivate and enjoy despite their bad wrap as being too much trouble. I was having a discussion about growing roses with John Cle...

August 4, 2020

James E. Armstrong

Consulting Rosarian, San Francisco Rose Society

NCNH 2009 Award of Merit article

Deer, and gophers, and raccoons, and skunks---O My! With a few apologies to Dorothy and Toto, and since June is the second “holding” month in our rose gardens, I’ve de...

August 4, 2020

Krystal Schmidt

Rose Society of Tucson

The calendar says that summer is gone, although the thermostat differs. There is a noticeable difference in the morning breeze and the fall blooms are starting to bud. I’d like to sit back and enjoy the pleasures of fall, be able to...

August 4, 2020

Rita Perwich

Consulting Rosarian, San Diego Rose Society


When my daughters were young, one of our favorite books to read together was Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We fondly read and reread how hungry that caterpillar was, how much he ate and how big a...

August 4, 2020

Nanette Londeree

Master Rosarian, Marin County Rose Society

This article is a 2019 Award of Merit winner

The world is filled with insects – it’s estimated that there are more than a million different species.  Most go about their daily business nearly invisible to us - po...

August 4, 2020

Susan Wroble

Denver Rose Society

What’s a rose lover to do? Japanese Beetles invaded the Denver area in 2006 and have exploded in numbers ever since. While some home gardeners are ripping out their rose beds, Colorado State University’s Dr. Whitney Cranshaw had a much be...