Rose Gardening -- I grow about 50 roses in my Long Island, N.Y. garden, and that's still not enough. My favorites are heavy on fragrance and long vase life. I really love rare and unusual roses -- brown and blue -- and old damasks and bourbons. They are so worth the trouble. And what trouble these beauties can be. Black spot, white spot, Japanese beetles, aphids. Since indoor bouquets are important, I make sure my Roses are pesticide- and chemical-free. Some people sprinkle rose petals on summer salads. I prefer them in a vase.
Besides degrees in related fields, I work as a docent at our local botanical gardens -- but it's the years of hands on work in the garden where the real knowledge is put to the test.
American Rose Society