Connecting Kids and Gardens | Voices from the Garden | Seed Keeper Project 2017

February 6, 2017

Seed Keeper Project 2017 

Carol and Kerrie from the Seed Keeper Company join us on this special editon of Voices From The Garden. On a mission to connect kids with gardening, this dynamic duo has recognized over 300 school gardens with their annual Seed Keeper Project. Find out about the importance of connecting of connecting kids and communities to the good earth and how you can be a part of that in your neck of the woods. 

Nominate a local school in your area to be recognized and rewarded by visiting the Seed Keeper Facebook page here LINK

Resource Links:

Seed Keeper Project Website Gardenpedia  Seeds of the Month
Corona Tools    

About This Series:

Voices From The Garden is a series of broadcasts submitted by gardeners who share with us an intrinsic mix of life lessons, faith stories and glorious gardening adventures, exclusively on the Rose Chat Podcast. Do you have a story to tell? Record your experience and send it to us at

Sandy’s Picks for 2017 | Exhibition Roses You’ll Love

January 26, 2017

Sandy and Bob Lundberg have been growing roses since the 1970's and exhibiting them in rose shows since 1989. In that time they have grown a ton of roses and have become a "GO TO" source for advice on varieties for exhibition. For the past 25 years, Sandy has published "Sandy's Picks"; a list of roses that she thinks you'll love. Well, almost all of em.  This no nonsense approach to reporting on roses has endearded her to rose growers everywhere.

We caught up with Sandy at Top Gun 2016. An exhibitors conclave; this event is an opportunity for top exhibitors to teach the tricks of the trade to up and coming exhibitors. Sandy is a sought after speaker in the rose world and was a featured presenter at this event. She allowed us to record her presentation. 

With Sandy's permission I have attached her slides from the presentation in the PDF format so you can follow along and see all the beautiful roses she mentions on today's show.  


Companion Materials: 

Click the links below to follow along with Sandy's talk. 

Sandy's Picks 1

Sandy's Picks 2

Weeks Roses | New Roses for 2017

December 7, 2016


Rose Hybridizer for Weeks Roses, Christian Bebard, joins us to chat about their new rose introducitons for 2017. On this broadcast you'll hear about: 'All My Loving", 'Cupid's Kisses", 'Children's Hope', 'Tropical Lightening', 'Easy to Please' plus two new varieties from the Downton Abbey collection; 'Edith's Darling' and 'Violet's Pride'. All this and so much more! 

Today's Show Links:

Weeks Roses

Children's Brain Tumor Foundation

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A Year In My Rose Garden - Teresa Mosher

November 13, 2016


Don't miss this chat with author and rosarian Teresa Mosher talking about her latest book, "A Year In My Rose Garden." This book is a month-by-month guide to planting and caring for roses. As a companion to the book, Teresa created a journal to track your plantings, sketch out drawings and journal notes about your gardening adventures. 

The Rose Chat team along with today's guest share their stand out roses for the 2016 growing season. 

Show Links:

Miracle on the Hudson | Robert Neil Rippetoe

October 24, 2016

The motion picture Sully hit theaters this month. It's the tale of Captain Sullenberger and crew and how they crash landed US Airways flight 1549 into the Hudson River saving all 155 passengers on board. It's a story that's come to be known as "The Miracle on the Hudson." Our guest on today's show is Robert Neil Rippetoe, he's the hybridizer that created the rose named to commemorate this heroic event and he's here to talk with us about this rose, his hybridizing program and also offers some great tips for new rose growers. 

Stop And Smell Your Roses - Our Sense Of Smell | Rose Garden Check Up

October 10, 2016

On this broadcast of the Rose Garden Check Up, Dr. McCasland talks about the impact that fragrance has on our memories and shares with us the primary reason he grows roses and encourages us all to put our nose in a rose every chance we get. 

This series of podcasts is dedicated to health and wellness issues related to gardeners. Dr. McCasland is a board certified physician, avid rose gardener and wants you to get the most out of your health and your roses.

Note: The information provided in this series is meant for basic informational purposes, and is not intended to replace the advice given to you by your physician. Consult with your doctor before making decisions concerning your health.

The Rose Garden Checkup with Dr. Barry McCasland, heard exclusively on the Rose Chat Podcast.

Who Was Dorothy Perkins? | Voices From The Garden | Dawn Pettinelli

September 11, 2016
Voices From The Garden

Dawn Pettinelli, an Extension Educator who blogs for the University of Connecticut's Home & Garden Education Center asks the question, "Who was Dorothy Perkins, and what's she doing in my garden?" Dawn shares with us about this special rose in her garden. Introduced around 1901, the Dorothy Perkins rose became one of the most widely grown roses in the world. Hear how this rose continues to endear itself to gardeners today. 

Learn more about today's guest: 

University of Connecticut - Home & Garden Education Center

Voices From The Garden is a series of short broadcasts submitted by gardeners who share with us an intrinsic mix of life lessons, faith stories and gardening adventures, exclusively on the Rose Chat Podcast.  Do you have a story to tell? Record your experience and send it to us at 

Five Exhibition Roses To Awaken The Exhibitor Within You | Bob Martin

August 28, 2016
Exhibiting roses is a fun and rewarding hobby. We believe deep inside most every rose grower is an exhibitor waiting for an opportunity to show the world their blooms. Today we hear from a rose master who'll tell us about five exhibition quality roses that you can grow and show. We think that by growing these roses, it'll surely awaken the exhibitor within you. This includes one rose that gets as big as a Volkswagen! Well, at least in Bob's garden... 

Here's a list of the roses Bob chatted with us about today:
  1. Rose de Rescht - Old Garden Rose (OGR)
  2. Joy - Miniature
  3. Julia Child - Floribunda
  4. Butter Cream - Miniflora
  5. Dona Martin - Hybrid Tea
Click the links to view photo's and purchase information for these roses from online retailers.  

About Our Guest:

Bob Martin has been growing roses for 44 years. He is one of the top exhibitors in the United States and maintains a garden of over 400 varieties. He is an ARS Master Rosarian, an Accredited Horticultural Judge and an Accredited Arrangements Judge. 

Bob is the current Vice President of the American Rose Society, is chairman of the American Rose Society Horticultural Exhibitor's Committee and Editor of the American Rose Society quarterly publication, the Rose Exhibitors' Forum. He maintains a website covering U.S. rose shows at as well as a Facebook site for Rose Exhibitors' Forum. Bob has also been an Editor of Horizon Roses for 21 years and the National Editor for ten years. He is the author of the book "Showing Good Roses" and was honored for his lifetime contribution to rose education as a 2009 recipient of the ARS Klima Medal.

Bob is an active rose exhibitor at all levels and the 2007 recipient of the ARS Guy Blake Hedrick Jr. Award for lifetime achievement in rose exhibiting. During his 30 year exhibiting career, he has shown roses in more than 220 shows, winning more than 1,400 trophies in every exhibiting class, including 13 national trophies. Bob has also judged an additional 84 shows and is a frequent lecturer at judging schools through out the country.

An avid hybridizer, he has 14 registered varieties, including the show roses  'Butter Cream' & 'Dona Martin', varieties mentioned on today's broadcast. 

Today's Show Links:

The cornerstone of rose culture in the United States.
American Rose Society - Find a local rose show!
Top Exhibition Roses, Rose Show Results and more!
The "Must Have" insiders guide to purchasing exhibition roses.

The Queen’s Garden | Voices From The Garden | Lynn Hunt

August 14, 2016
Voices From The Garden

Queen Elizabeth II, Great Britain's longest reigning monarch loves her garden and on this broadcast of Voices From the Garden, rosarian and author Lynn Hunt joins us to chat about her recent trip to England to visit Queen Elizabeth's garden at Buckingham Palace. Lynn not only chats with us about the beautiful roses growing in this magnificent garden, but also about sustainable gardening practices being used; such as a garlic spray, the use of beneficial insects and the cultivation of bees -- all designed to make this garden fit for a Queen. 

Don't miss Lynn Hunt's glorious gardening adventures on her blog The Dirt Diaries
Watch a segment of the PBS series dedicated to the Queen's Garden

Voices From The Garden is a series of short broadcasts submitted by gardeners who share with us an intrinsic mix of life lessons, faith stories and gardening adventures, exclusively on the  Rose Chat Podcast.  Do you have a story to tell? Record your experience and send it to us at 

Jackson & Perkins New Intros for 2017

August 7, 2016

Join the Rose Chat Podcast crew as they visit with Wes Harvell and Paul Zimmerman who stopped by to chat about what's happening at Jackson & Perkins Roses. They share their thoughts on gardening, a new video series on growing roses and offered us an exclusive preview into four awesome introductions for 2017.  


Today's Show Links:

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