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The Chelsea Flower Show

It’s about this time of year when I start planning my spring travels to visit breeders and growers, and to attend some of the top shows in Europe. At the top of my list is always the Chelsea Flower Show. I thought I’d give you all a sneak preview of what to expect. If you’ve never been, and have...

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Robots in Horticulture

I was visiting growers in the South a few weeks ago, and I had the opportunity to see robots at work spacing plants in the nursery. Yes robots! It may sound unbelievable, but there are in fact quite a few of them now in operation all over the US. They are the next big thing in automation in...

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The Portland Rose Garden

Rose gardens have always been a favorite destination for the public. Here in the West, there are two gardens in particular that I am very fond of having been a regular visitor for the last 20 years or so. One of them is The Portland Rose Garden . Every year or so I have the chance to go to Portland...

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In the Rose Fields with the Hybridizers

One of my favorite times of the year is mid September when the rose breeders we work with come to our place and together we wrap up the season and make the final decisions of what to keep and what to discard. But more importantly, we decide what roses will move forward — in other words, the few,...

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Keukenhof

I really needed this... It's been that kind of winter in our part of the world. But there was not much of a winter at all in Europe, and spring, also warm so far, is early. Knowing this, I took advantage in a cancellation of a meeting during the last day of my week of meetings in Holland to make...

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A Space-Age Greenhouse

As you know I travel quite a bit, and in the course of my journeys, I see many interesting things. In February, I had the opportunity to visit a very unique growing facility. While a greenhouse of size and automation is common in Holland or Denmark, it is pretty rare here in the US. During a...

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A Family Tradition of Breeding Exceptional Roses

If you read this blog often, you may already know that I have the opportunity to visit with Alain Meilland at his house in Cap d’Antibes on the French Riviera once in a while. It is always a pleasure to visit Alain and to learn from his deep knowledge of all aspects of the rose business: the good (...

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Rows and Rows of Roses

If you’ve ever wondered where your roses come from, you’ll want to take a look at this video which captures the planting process. When we recently traveled out to our rose fields in Wasco, California, I was able to see first hand how much work goes into growing a rose. The machine seen in the...

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Top Rose Gardens

Take a video tour created by John Patrick Smith of some of the world's top rose gardens. Summer may be almost over, but this video of some of the world's most beautiful rose gardens will help you hold on to the blooms just a little bit longer!

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The Original Knock Out® Rose

Recently, a group of us from Star® Roses and Plants traveled to the IGC Show in Chicago. We took advantage of the geographical proximity to arrive one day earlier and visit William Radler, the hybridizer of The Knock Out® Family of Roses . Will still lives in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin,...

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