Rosa ‘Above and Beyond’ First Bloom of 2020

'Above and Beyond' Roses in Bloom in the Rose Garden

‘Above and Beyond’ bred by David Zlesak featured at Bailey Nurseries debuts as the first rose to bloom in Gaga’s Rose Garden 2020. Fertilized with Espoma Organic Rosetone and Bio-tone it has exceeded my wildest expectations going into only it’s 3rd growing season!’ Susan Fox

Biltmore Rose Garden Awarded Prestigious ‘Award of Excellence’

Emily Tice Wilson | Past American Rose Society President, Jolene Adams

“Education is the key to the heart of rosarians of the World Federation of Rose Societies. People from all over the world have on their bucket list to travel to every WFRS ‘Award of Excellence’ Rose Garden in the World. The Biltmore Rose Garden is a welcome, exciting addition to our world class rose gardens.” says Jolene Adams

Celebrate Roses Across The USA

The Krasburg Rose Garden | Chicago Botanic Gardens

“The rose is the favorite flower of 85 percent of Americans.”

Garden Legends |Their Story & Roses

Jackson & Perkins Floribunda. New Generation Roses ® Collection. Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary, U.S.
‘Black Cherry’ Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary while at Jackson & Perkins

Garden Legends Live On By Designs & Impressions They Leave on The Earth | Our Hearts and Minds

Garden Legends are stories about people, plants, & companies and how their passion for creating better, more beautiful, easy to grow plants will live on as a tribute to them by rooting and grounding beautiful plants across the land in the hearts and gardens of people everywhere. Two of the most notable American Rose Breeders; Bill Warriner often called “the No.1 rose breeder in the United States.

Bred by William A. Warriner (United States, 1972). Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins Co. as 'Heirloom'.
‘Heirloom at Sunrise’
Bred by William A. Warriner (United States, 1972).
Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins Co. as ‘Heirloom’.

While working with Jackson & Perkins Roses,  – at the time a nearly 80-year-old rose propagation company in Newark known for its award-winning roses named for famous people, Warriner introduced the prize-winning hybrids ‘Gay Princess’, ‘Gene Boerner’ and ‘First Prize’.

He later won 19 All-America awards for his rose introductions while working on J&P hybrids.

Bred by William A. Warriner (United States, 1990). Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins (Wholesale) in 1991 as 'Barbara Bush'. Hybrid Tea.
Bred by William A. Warriner (United States, 1990).
Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins (Wholesale) in 1991 as ‘Barbara Bush’.
Hybrid Tea.

His hybridizing accomplishments were outstanding. In his job as overseer of some 100,000 seedlings in the Jackson & Perkins research facility in Irvine, CA where he developed new rose strains, he became the only rose hybridizer in the 40-year-old All-American Rose Society to win All-American honors for three new breeds, Love, Honor and Cherish, in one year, 1980.

Bred by William A. Warriner (United States, before 1977). Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins Co. in 1980 as 'Love'. Grandiflora.
Bred by William A. Warriner (United States, before 1977).
Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins Co. in 1980 as ‘Love’.
Grandiflora.

He retired as director of Jackson & Perkins research after working with the company for 25 years and developing 150 varieties of roses. His creations have continued to gain prestige since his retirement. Bill Warriner passed away at the age of 69 in 1991.

Exhibition name: Brigadoon ™ Bred by William A. Warriner (United States, 1991). Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins Co. in 1992 as 'Brigadoon'. Hybrid Tea. New Generation Roses ® Collection.
Exhibition name: Brigadoon ™
Bred by William A. Warriner (United States, 1991).
Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins Co. in 1992 as ‘Brigadoon’.
Hybrid Tea. New Generation Roses ® Collection.

Dr. Keith Zary now with Gardens Alive! was also a rose judge with me at the Biltmore International Rose Trials along with his wife Debbie Zary in 2015. The awards his roses have won include three major European Rose Trials. Dr. Zary also bred ‘Bill Warriner’ a wonderful floribunda which I had in Texas. It blooms non-stop and I have pictures of it that I will post when I locate them.

Pink blend Hybrid Tea. Registration name: JACnepal Exhibition name: Gemini Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary (United States, 1991). Introduced in United States by Bear Creek Gardens, Inc. in 1999 as 'Gemini'.
Pink blend Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: JACnepal
Exhibition name: Gemini
Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary (United States, 1991).
Introduced in United States by Bear Creek Gardens, Inc. in 1999 as ‘Gemini’.

During the awards banquet Debbie Zary, sitting at our table, told me the story of how ‘Kimberlina’ was actually named for the exit that Jackson & Perkins was located off of in CA when Keith Zary worked there.

Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary (United States, 1999). Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins (Wholesale) in 2009 as 'Kimberlina'. Floribunda.
Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary (United States, 1999).
Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins (Wholesale) in 2009 as ‘Kimberlina’.
Floribunda.

Dr. Zary is only the second US rose breeder to win the President’s International Trophy (PIT) and Gold Medal Award of the Royal National Rose Society. The rose that won is called ‘Greetings’, a white centered, purple shrub/landscape-type rose that is currently not available in the US, but is sold in England.

Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary, U.S. Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins
Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary, U.S.
Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins

‘Terra Jubilee’, a cream-to-light-pink floribunda, won the Netherlands’ Golden Rose of The Hague.
Dr. Zary joined Jackson & Perkins in 1985 as only the fourth breeder in the company’s 126-year history. He is responsible for growing some 400,000 varieties of roses in the company’s 20 acres of research gardens and greenhouses. Ultimately, out of these hundreds of thousands of roses, only a select few will be chosen.

Texas Rose Garden | 'Brigadoon'
Texas Rose Garden | ‘Brigadoon’

Here’s my brag book of roses by Bill Warriner, and Dr. Keith Zary two Garden Legends bred while at Jackson & Perkins.

Those of you that read my writing know what a wake-up call it was for me starting over with the rose gardens of Illinois. I had to drive 90 miles to Rosey Acres to get the first potted roses to plant. The solution is to buy fine roses from a great online rose provider. And people want roses like these roses. Planting bare root roses is easy Here’s How To Plant A Bare Root Rose While researching some info I discovered that many of these roses are only now available online.

Gaga's Garden Floribunda Rose Garden in Illinois
Gaga’s Garden Floribunda Rose Garden in Illinois Featuring Gene Boerner

 During the Biltmore International Rose Trials

Susan Fox | Debbie Zary at The Biltmore Rose Trials, Ashville, NC
Susan Fox | Debbie Zary at The Biltmore Rose Trials, Ashville, NC

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