Julia Child
New floribunda rose garden bed in planning stage, non-elevated, eastern exposure
New floribunda rose garden bed in planning stage, non-elevated, eastern exposure

Necessity…the mother of invention ~ Plato

Necessity is why I wrote Four Seasons of Roses 2014 Monthly Guide to Rose Care.  Everyone that visits my rose garden tells me that they want roses.  I ask them “what’s standing between you and the object of your desire?” The answer is always the same. “I think roses are too hard to grow.” Then they ask me if I “will teach them how to grow roses?” Let me tell you 3 short stories of how Four Seasons of Roses came to be.


Gene Boerner Magnificent Floribunda, 2013 spring bloom
Gene Boerner Magnificent Floribunda, 2013 spring bloom

Education is the Key to Growing Roses

I was working for the Fine Jewelers Guild, owned by the Zale Corporation in Irving, Texas. Roses are a topic that people like to talk about when they see rose bouquets that I bring to the office or they stop by to see my rose garden. The vice president of the division at the time loved roses and said to me “I will put in a rose garden if you can make it easy.” I said to him “roses are easy, people can be difficult.” That’s when I wrote my first one-page easy instruction sheet for him that I called Rapid-Fire Results with Roses. I said to him, “if you do exactly what this tells you to do you will have a beautiful rose garden.” During this same time I was asked to speak to the Dallas Master Gardeners about roses and the Plano Master Gardener group on growing roses. The brochure Rapid Fire Results with Roses, had to be re-printed and distributed 100’s and 100’s of times and it wasn’t quite sufficient for a beginner’s needs.


Karen & Carrie
Karen & Carrie

Rosarian Apprentices

My dear friends and neighbors wanted to put in their own rose gardens.

In planning their new rose garden the first thing we determined was location. Each of us has a special window that we spend more time viewing the landscape, this is a good place to put a rose garden if it has 6-8 hours of sunlight. Next we talked about color palette. One of my rose garden apprentices didn’t care for the traditional red rose and loved oranges, peach and tangerine colored roses so that’s the basis of the rose garden color palette for her garden. Rapid bloom cycle and lots of blooms were important so we chose floribundas. Before I knew it I had three rosarian apprentices with rose gardens. And I was doing the pruning for a local middle school rose garden.  A handy guide Like Four Seasons of Roses would be the perfect hand-out for my apprentice gardeners.


Wanda, Dedicated Blackspot Eradicator

Wanda’s Rose Garden

Friends at work have always let me know they also want rose gardens and need instructions on pruning. Here’s the story of my dear friend Wanda who bought a home out in the country and also wanted a rose garden. We started with the basic planning of adding soil amendments because of clay soil conditions and then choosing the plants she wanted based on color, and rating after I explained how the American Rose Society Handbook of Rating Roses rating system works. I explained that I usually do not buy a rose that is rated below 7.0 and for good reason.So you see I know people want to have a rose garden and I wanted to create an educational, easy to follow guide filled with possibilities. I’m committed to getting knowledge into the hands of people that want roses.

Four Seasons of Roses 2014 Monthly Guide to Rose Care is a garden planner that also features my own photography because many of you have asked me to publish the pictures I take since Julia Child

Julia Child
Julia Child

was included in the American Rose Society 2014 calendar. I also included a place to take notes since I always make notes every time I go to the garden. A historical reference helps me grow better roses. Whether you grow roses for photography, landscaping, accessorizing, arranging, collecting or cooking I know you will enjoy my Four Seasons of Roses 2014 Monthly Guide | 2014 Monthly Guide to Rose Care Garden Planner.


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Four Seasons of RosesWallace Gardens is doing a promotional giveaway of Four Seasons of Roses | 2014 Monthly Guide to Rose Care and Alfalfa Tea Soil Conditioner by Annie Haven @GreenSoil of www.manuretea.com. Nancy Wallace, @SassyNancy, is a Garden Artisan and creator of original container gardens from beautiful Wallace Gardens. Nancy lives in the Atlanta area and posts pictures of her original gardening creations on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  Here’s the details to win. Thank-you for all of your support of the gardening community Nancy!

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12 thoughts on “Why I Wrote Four Seasons of Roses”

  1. Just ordered a copy of your four seasons book. Looking forward to checking it out. Very nice article here too about writing the book. Well done my Rosarian friend. Well done.

    1. Dear Stan,
      I am such a fan of you and your work. I believe your photography is among the finest that I see on the Web so coming from you as they say “to be recognized by one’s peers is the highest honor.”
      Thank-you dearest Stan,
      Susan Fox

  2. This is just lovely, Susan! As someone who loves to teach rose growing and appreciation, I feel we are kindred spirits. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Marci,
      My dear friend Dr. Ray McClung said “With God their are no accidents.” I do feel we are kindred spirits meant to know each other. I think dearest Baldo made sure we were communicating! And I love your posts at “Everything Roses” on PlantersPlace.com and I hope readers will go and read your posts as well! Thank-you for your sweet comment 🙂
      Susan aka Gaga

  3. I have a huge rose garden and am always looking for great information on growing them. This seems like a must have resource!

    1. Hi Carol,
      Thanks so much for your great comment. I love to assist gardeners and rosarians with their roses, whether its talking about or sharing stories. I hope you are a frequent visitor. There’s lots of wonderful new things happening we can always talk about.
      Yours truly,
      Susan aka Gaga 🙂

  4. Susan,

    Your Four Seasons of Roses, is a wonderful and easy way to show how easy it is to grow great roses. The monthly guide with a notes section is perfect. I’m always taking notes in my garden to learn from year to year.
    I will spread the word this Rose Care Guide.
    Teresa Mosher
    New England Rose Society President

    1. Dear Teresa,
      Thank-you so much for this wonderful review. It is said one of the best compliments is to be recognized by one’s peers and as someone who really respects your work and rose photography in the rose community and American Rose Society I consider this such an honor to have you say this. Thank-you so very much.
      Susan Fox

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