Chris Warner Roses garden roses
Chris Warner is a garden rose breeder working out of Shropshire, England for many years. His goal always is to develop a blackspot-resistant strain of roses… His rose varieties are very consumer friendly, healthy, very vigorous and innovative in many ways..! Like the mini climbers and Persica roses®. (Hulthemia)
Dickson Roses garden roses
The company was founded in 1836 by Alexander I who came across from Perth, Scotland and set up business in Newtownards, Co. Down. His son, George I, with the assistance of his two eldest sons, Alexander II and George II, (there were eight sons and four daughters in the family) became fascinated with roses and started breeding around 1879. This makes Dickson Roses the world’s oldest rose breeding family, with Colin being the sixth generation to carry on the tradition. The Dickson family has won many awards all over the world in all categories.
Sam McGredy Roses garden roses
Dr. Sam McGredy refers to 4 generations of Nothern Irish rose hybridizers. Sam McGredy I founded the family nursery in 1880. Sam McGredy II focused the nursery on roses in 1895. Sam McGredy III took over in 1926, and was the first to name roses after family members. Sam McGredy IV moved operations to New Zealand in 1974 to escape the troubles, and focused on Floribundas, Hybrid Teas and Grandifloras. This international rose brand is well known all over the world.
Jackson & Perkens Roses garden roses
Dr. Keith Zary has been breeding roses for Jackson & Perkins for more than twenty years. As vice president of research, he has introduced such beloved varieties as Bonfire, Dolly Dot and Veterans’ Honor. Among his many achievements, Keith is only the second U.S. breeder to ever win the coveted Presidents International Trophy of the Royal National Rose Society.
He is also the first U.S. breeder in more than 50 years to be awarded the coveted Golden Rose of The Hague, The Netherlands. As of 2007, Keith will have won nine All-America Rose Selections awards.
Limes Roses garden roses
Rose breeder Colin Pearce form the UK is renowned for breeding good healthy roses. Varieties like Fidessa® and Psyche® (named after book titles from the famous writer Louis Couperus) are no exception.
Bob Matthews Roses garden roses
A passion for roses can lead to the desire to breed your own and Bob Matthews breeding programme began almost 20 years ago. Bob has won many awards and is committed to breeding healthy new varieties that give great garden performance. Selecting the healthiest and loveliest plants as parents, tracking their background genes, setting the goals and hoping for the results, then waiting for the new seedlings to flower is an exciting and satisfying project. After assessing for 4-6 years under no-spray trials, the results speak for themselves.
David Kenny garden roses
I began with roses in my early twenties and soon became interested in breeding new varieties influenced no doubt by the fact that the world famous rose breeding companies McGredy and Dickson were Irish. My first successful rose was Riverdance (KENfine) a pink Patio which won the Gold Award in Dublin in 1996. This rose will always have a place in my heart as Erik and Alex Spek saw it on trial in Belfast, liked it and put it into the Spelarosa range making it my first commercially successful variety. My best varieties are Apple Jack a yellow floribunda/shrub, Showmee Sunshine (KENveron) a yellow shrub/ground cover, Lullaby (KENfrilpin) a pink climber with lovely form and Newsflash (KENdutch) an orange floribunda.
Garth Fryer garden roses
Gareth Fryer grew up in the family rose growing business that his grandfather began in 1912. Day to day the topic of conversation around the home was mostly concerning roses and the rose business, so it was not surprising that young Gareth became fascinated by the dozens of new rose varieties that were coming to the UK.
Over the years Gareth has gone on to introduce over 150 new varieties and has collected awards from all over the world. The most satisfying was winning the prestigious ‘Golden Rose of The Hague’ in 1997 with the Hybrid Tea variety ‘Warm Wishes’, which also went on to be selected as an ‘All America Award’ winner in 1998. Gareth’s most successful rose is the variety ‘Sweet Dream’ – a peachy apricot patio rose introduced in 1988 that was voted UK – ‘Rose of the Year’ for that year.
Martin Vissers garden roses
Louis Lens Roses garden roses
The ‘Louis Lens Rose nursery’, a firm with a long-standing tradition, was founded in 1870 by Louis Lens senior. At the outset, it was a general tree nursery, but rose cultivation soon gained the upper hand. For three generations, the nursery was run by the Lens family, situated in Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Waver (near Mechlin). In 1992, it was taken over by Rudy and Ann Velle-Boudolf and at the same time the company moved to Oudenburg (between Bruges and Ostend).