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January 17th 2022

The {Farmer} & the Florist Interview: Felicia Alvarez

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I first met Felicia when she came out to our farm for one of our in-person workshops. She was already a very experienced farmer but was looking to expand the flower portion of her business and I remember how much wisdom and encouragement she offered students whenever she shared. 

Felicia Alvarez of Menagerie Farm in the field at sunsetFelicia is a powerhouse and such an inspiration to everyone who knows her. Over the years we’ve become good friends and always call each other whenever we’re taking on a new project to compare notes, ask questions, and share advice. I have learned so much from her and I’m excited to share more about her story, her business, and her wonderful new book all about roses that will be coming out soon. 

I hope you enjoy this interview and be sure to read all the way to the bottom for a chance to win a signed copy of her book and some bare root roses! 

Menagerie Flower Farm at sunset with the mountains in the backgroundErin: You’re a third-generation farmer and your whole life has been connected to the land. Can you share a little bit more about your farming journey and how you came to roses?

My journey as a farmer has truly been a lifetime in the making and one that is a curvy road with many detours along the way. I was raised on a French prune farm in the Sacramento Valley of California. I spent my early years toddling behind my mother and grandparents around our family farm. Under their guidance during my childhood, I learned how to grow a number of production crops from dry beans, walnuts, rice, processing (canning) tomatoes, and other fruits and nuts we grew in our farm portfolio. 

My favorite memories of the farm are not ones in our production fields but those in our farm gardens caring for the roses and flowers my grandmother lovingly curated. I worked on the farm from as early as I can remember doing everything from hand-harvesting fruit to running a production line on our commercial prune dehydrator. 

I eventually left the farm, went off to college, and studied crop science and agricultural business, knowing I wanted a career in agriculture but not knowing exactly where I could fit in that world outside of my family’s farm. 

During university, I worked in vineyards and floral greenhouses on the Central Coast of California and landed a multi-season research internship for the University of California Cooperative Extension with a regional Integrated Pest Management advisor. Through these work opportunities, I found my niche and passion—entomology. 

Yellow roses in a farmhouse sinkI was slated to attend graduate school to study “bugs” when my path took a turn. In the final semester as an undergrad, my mother was diagnosed with melanoma. It was aggressive and unrelenting. I wrapped up my last quarter of undergraduate studies, deferred enrollment to graduate school, and moved home to care for her full time. From diagnosis to her passing was a short four months. My life was turned upside down in what seemed like a blink of an eye. I never made it to graduate school to study entomology and who knows where my academic career would have taken me.

Fast forward, I spent the next 15 years in the vineyard and wine business eventually starting a winery with my husband, serving as the primary caregiver for my aging grandparents and manager of their farm. I was in and out of hospitals and doctor’s offices, taking weekend trips to manage the farm and like a hamster on a wheel trying to keep it all together. 

Even on the busiest days, I treasured the time I spent during those last years with my grandparents. They passed away within a few years of each other. I was left emotionally and physically exhausted. At the first point in my adult life, I was able to get off the wheel and finally had a moment to think about what path I really wanted to take. I knew there was more out there for me. 

Felicia Alvarez smells roses in the field at sunsetAs the universe likely planned, I found out I was pregnant with my first child just before my bi-monthly trip to my grandparents’ farm, my childhood home. The moment I arrived something was different about that trip, as I drove down the driveway for probably the millionth time in my life, I knew I wanted to move “home”. I blame the pregnancy hormones for deciding to uproot my life and sell a successful winery. Everyone said I was crazy but it was the perfect decision for me. I was able to convince another family member to sell the farm to me. I just couldn’t let it go. I moved back home and took over full-time operations of my own portfolio of farm properties. With a new baby in tow, I was back to driving a tractor and mowing weeds just like my childhood. I felt that connection to the land I had always been rooted in—my forever farm.

While prunes, rice, and nuts are the backbone of the farm, I knew the land was meant for more. Every moment of free time I had was spent rehabilitating the farm garden that had fallen into disrepair after my grandmother became no longer able to care for it. I’d deadhead the roses and wander around the lavender and citrus groves with my little guy in a playpen nearby. It was the place I could feel the spirit of my mom, grandmother, and grandfather. 

Golden yellow roses vignetteOne day a business acquaintance of my husband’s, a florist, came out to the farm. We chatted and he was enamored with the old garden roses. He said they were all the rage at the San Francisco Flower Mart and asked if I would sell some to him. Well, that was the idea spark I needed and the rest—as they say—is history. I started growing garden roses for cut flower production. Again, everyone said I was crazy to grow roses in a region that is not known for cut flower production. I’m glad I didn’t listen to the naysayers and the old know-it-all farmers at the coffee shop. 

I now have a more than 100-acre farm I manage, including 3 acres of garden rose production, 3 acres in bare root and research production, and a nursery. It truly has been a curvy journey to get to where I am today, with way more twists and turns than anyone would want to hear in an interview (this is the abridged version of my long story), but I am finally at the place where I feel I was always meant to be growing roses, food, and flowers to share with the world.  

Pallets of potted roses at Menagerie FarmErin: You don’t just specialize in roses, you have an incredible operation. Can you tell Floret readers more about your business and all of the amazing things that you offer? 

I always joke that I’ve never met a plant I didn’t like and want to share everything I know about them with anyone and everyone. I know that’s where we are kindred spirits, Erin. The flower farming part of the business has three main components: a plant nursery, commercial cut flower and food production, and farm and flower education. 

My farm nursery specializes in garden rose production and sales, offering bare root and potted roses seasonally. Bare root roses are shipped all across the United States and our five-gallon potted rose collection is available exclusively for pick-up at our farm nursery. Our big rose sale is this coming Thursday, January 20. 

Jars of tagged garden rosesThe garden roses in my collection are roses that are my tried-and-true tested varieties for cut flower production. I also have a research and breeding division to identify and bring new garden rose cultivars into commercial production. In 2021, the nursery started offering a special selection of companion plants to roses as well as pre-chilled tulip bulbs. We also offer a selection of rose and flower care products that are all of my favorite things, from fertilizers and gloves to clippers and compost. Every year we add more things to our nursery offerings and I am excited to introduce even more new items in the coming year. 

My commercial cut flower production also specializes in growing garden roses as well. I sell wholesale to the floral trade and retail to anyone and everyone that wants to enjoy fresh cut garden roses in their home. We ship all across the United States as well as pick-up at our farm nursery. We also offer specialty cut tulips, peonies, flowering branches, and other assorted cut flowers seasonally, as well.

Beautiful tablescape in the rose fields at at Menagerie FarmThe education spoke of our farm services, The Menagerie Academy, is one that I am the most excited about. For the past 7 years, I’ve offered on-farm workshops a few times per year, inviting other farmers, gardeners, and floral enthusiasts to learn about a number of topics, from rose growing to floral design. When the pandemic started we had to cancel our 2020 workshops but there was still so much interest from people wanting to learn about how to grow garden roses as cut flowers. Our inboxes were flooded with questions as people were home and the interest in gardening exploded. I did what many people did while isolated, I pivoted and took my farm workshops and education digital.  

The Menagerie Academy is now both an online and in-person learning community. Through the Academy, I offer three different options to learn with me and my team.

  1.  An online monthly membership subscription service with three levels of service to fit any budget providing rose, flower, and farm business education through video lessons, weekly Q & A sessions with me, and downloadable educational resources, tools, and guides.
  2.  In-person workshops at the farm.
  3.  1:1 consulting/coaching with me, either virtually or in person on the farm.

Expanding my educational offerings from a few on-farm workshops to an online community and an upcoming book on growing roses as cut flowers has truly been one of the bright spots of the last two years. Being able to connect with more people across the globe virtually to help them with everything from growing great roses, insect, and disease management to farm business development and planning has been an amazing experience.

Felicia Alverez in the roses fields at Menagerie FarmErin: Mastering any crop takes a tremendous amount of trial and error, especially when you’re trying to figure out what varieties grow best in your specific climate and also what customers are looking for. I’d love to hear more about your process when it comes to roses for cutting and how you choose which varieties make it into your lineup.

I love research and this is truly the area where I feel the most at home. I dive in with two feet, notepads upon notepads, and spreadsheets upon spreadsheets. My process is a little bit different depending on the crop. I’ll walk you through the process I go through to evaluate cut garden roses I receive from breeders. 

  1. The first step is to identify roses that have colors that are desired by the floral design or garden trade. Even if a rose has the most amazing characteristics like disease resistance, vase life, stem length, etc… if it doesn’t have a color or unique characteristic that is needed in the market it doesn’t make my cut to move forward. I try not to fall in love with roses that won’t sell. I move them over to my private collection so I can fawn over them there in hopes one day they will be popular. 
  2. Step two is to then plant the rose in my trail field to evaluate. I usually plant a minimum of five plants to evaluate the first year. 
  3. Step three, I run the plant through what I affectionately call “rose hell”. No disease or pest control measures with minimal to no weed control. I evaluate the plants bi-weekly and take notes on their performance like disease resistance, insect damage, heat tolerance, bloom cycle timing, foliage color, and more. If it can make it through this it usually can make it through anything. 
  4. Step four is harvest. I harvest cut roses and evaluate the average stem length, bloom size, petal count, number of cuttable stems per plant, fragrance, uniformity, post-harvest vase life, and post-harvest storage. 
  5. Step five, I repeat this process throughout year one every bloom cycle. If a rose passes my gauntlet with flying colors, I will plant a larger quantity the second year – usually 20–40 plants and repeat the process again (this time with standard pest and disease control measures and cultural practices in place.) The second year I will give the cut stems to floral designers to try and get their feedback on the variety including how well it survives after different post-harvest shipping methods. 
  6. Step six, If the rose checks all of the boxes and my customers love it too then it goes into a final trial year. I then plant 100–200 plants and repeat the process one more time. Then by year four, the rose goes into regular rotation in my cut flower production, and by year five, if it is a very desired and popular rose I will increase planting numbers in both my cut flower field and bare root rose production to meet the market demand.

Felicia Alvarez drives her buggy at Menagerie FarmI know five years sounds like a long time but since I grow garden roses in open field production, not in a controlled greenhouse environment, I am at the mercy of Mother Nature. One year the rose is subjected to flooding, the next drought, and weeks of wildfire smoke. I need to put it through the wringer to see how it performs in all matter of conditions over a period of years to truly see if it will stand the test of time for field-grown cut flower production year after year, regardless of the environmental conditions it endures. 

There are always exceptions to almost anything I do at the farm and research is one of them—predicting future trends and demand is the less scientific part of the evaluation process so occasionally I will fast track this process and skip a year or two if the rose is exceptional in its initial year and the demand for the variety/color is high.

Erin: I know readers are dying to know what some of your favorite varieties are by color. Would you share some of your must-haves with us? 

Blush rosesBlush

Evelyn

Beautiful pink to apricot petals adorn this hard-to-find lady. Evelyn is in a class all her own and a true classic from the David Austin collection of roses. Named for the iconic perfumers Crabtree & Evelyn, who used it in their range of rose perfumes. She thrives in warmer climates. A glorious choice as a cut flower or in a garden landscape.

Francis Meilland 

A cream rose hybrid tea named for an iconic rose breeder. Very fragrant with peach to blush tones that give way to soft white as it opens. It’s a rose that checks all the boxes as a superb cut flower. 

Moonstone  

A classic hybrid tea with big, beautiful, blush blooms that give way to white petals when opened. Wonderful for cutting with strong straight stems and a soft mild fragrance.

Burgandy rosesBurgundy & Wine 

Munstead Wood 

A dark and dreamy David Austin rose, Munstead Wood is my go-to for burgundy cut roses. Plump round buds open to a burgundy stunner with velvet-like petals. One of my favorite producers for fall bridal bouquets. 

Darcey Bussell  

A robust grower, Darcey is a classic David Austin stunner. Beautiful burgundy to crimson ruffled petals have a strong old rose fragrance. A lovely rose for Fall and Winter arrangements.

Tess of the d’Urbervilles   

This rich velvet stunner is one of my favorite burgundy roses here on the farm. A perfect David Austin rose that pumps out blooms all year round. Long canes make this rose a wonderful climber and perfect rose for cutting nice long stems.

Red rosesCrimson & Red  

Lava Flow

Rich, deep red, ruffled clusters adorn this compact bush. An eruption of color and a beautiful rose for red lovers. Petite clusters of blooms make this a perfect spray rose for cut flower lovers with exceptional vase life.

Rouge Royal 

This very large blooming rose is unique with its petal shapes. It opens to a bright, red raspberry color and sweet citrus fragrance.  

Sedona

Strong stems and continuous blooms throughout the season make Sedona a beautiful garden rose. A unique color that has shades of red fading to a burnt orange like a sunset. 

Deep Pink rosesDeep Pink

Dee-Lish 

With a deep pink color that is perfect as a cut flower, Dee-Lish has excellent disease resistance and tall stems.

Grande Dame 

A glorious fragrance exudes from this bright hybrid tea rose with large, gorgeous blooms. While Grande Dame is a modern rose, it performs like an old-world classic. It’s a perfect addition to your cutting garden with minimal thorns and nice long stems.  

James L. Austin 

A stunning deep pink rose that is sure to bring brightness to your garden. James L. Austin is a versatile shrub with an upright growth habit and a light to medium fragrance with hints of blackberry, raspberry, and cherry. 

Golden and butter rosesGolden & Butter 

Charlotte 

A lovely yellow shade that will brighten any garden, this David Austin rose is a classic that performs well in both warm and cool climates. With cupped blossoms, Charlotte stays rather compact for an English rose. 

Golden Celebration  

A true-to-type David Austin, this vibrant yellow rose is a classic English garden rose. With large buds and a rather upright stance, it fills any garden like a shining star. 

Moonlight Romantica  

A vigorous bloomer, this Kordes bred rose is the perfect shade of buttery yellow. Very fragrant and disease resistant too. This rose hits all of the marks as a superb cut flower. 

Lavender and purple rosesLavender & Purple 

Celestial Night 

Dark purple abounds with exceptional disease resistance and vigor. I’m totally crazy for this color! With ‘Ebb Tide’ and ‘Grande Dame’ as its parents, it has an exceptional pedigree.

Love Song

Ruffled lavender buds give way to soft gray petals when open. A bushy round plant with clusters of large blooms. 

Queen of Elegance

What happens when you take ‘Koko Loco’ and ‘Life of the Party’ and put them together? You get ‘Queen of Elegance’. She has the most beautiful fading color like her mom Koko and is a rose fit for royalty. It’s a new addition to the rose community with a unique color, making it a must-have addition to any rose collection. 

Light pink rosesLight Pink

Elle

An exceptional rose that thrives in warmer climates. Elle is a beauty all her own. A soft pink blend with hints of orange and yellow as the weather changes with the season. Deep glossy green foliage makes this a top performer in humid climates. 

Princess Charlene de Monaco 

One of my all-time favorite roses! The ruffled Princess is a wonderful cut flower with an unforgettable fragrance and long straight stems. She is the epitome of style and grace in the garden and my top pick for a pink to blush cut flower. 

Queen of Sweden 

A David Austin rose with long straight stems that channel a classic hybrid tea. Petite cupped blossoms are the perfect fit as an accent in any bouquet. 

Multi and taupe rosesMulti & Taupe

Distant Drums

A beauty of an ombre rose, this is a favorite of floral designers and gardeners alike. Flushes prolifically throughout the season and is one of my all-time favorite roses. Everyone who meets this beauty falls in love.

Koko Loco 

She almost needs no introduction—a crazy rose that goes loco with shades of lavender to taupe while blooming. The darling of floral designers and trendsetters. 

Honey Dijon 

As the darling of floral designers for weddings and events, this rose almost needs no introduction. Honey Dijon’s unique mustard color with pink-streaked tips puts it in a class all by itself. Its parents are two exceptional roses ‘Stainless Steel’ & ‘Singing In The Rain’. One of the most popular cut garden roses here on the farm.

Peach and copper rosesPeach & Copper

Carding Mill 

Beautiful pink to apricot petals adorn this David Austin garden rose. Carding Mill is a wonderful repeat bloomer and loves a warmer climate. From a deep coral in the cooler weather to a light peach in the warm summer sun, it’s a glorious choice as a cut flower for your kitchen table. 

Crown Princess Margareta   

One of my favorite peach roses here at the farm. This David Austin stunner has beautiful rosette-shaped blooms and a pleasant fruity fragrance. With nice long canes, this rose can be grown as a climber or cut regularly for shape making a wonderful shrub. 

Mother of Pearl

A beautiful bloomer throughout the season. Pearl adds a simple elegance to any floral arrangement with petals that are almost iridescent. An exceptional performer in cooler climates and resistant to blackspot in humid locales.

White and cream rosesWhite & Cream

Crocus Rose

A lovely light peach to cream shade, this David Austin rose is a classic with layers of petals. It steals our hearts with every glance. Beautiful rosette blooms open as this rose turns from soft yellow to peach and cream. It’s a true chameleon and a must-have for any rose garden.

French Lace 

French Lace is my favorite cream rose grown here on the farm. Beautiful petite blooms that change from ivory to light apricot with the seasons in a perfect shade of porcelain. Everybody falls in love at first sight with this compact floribunda. 

Tranquillity 

An almost thornless rose with a bright cheery disposition. Its cupped-shaped blooms will flush from summer into fall with nice long stems and lush glossy-green foliage.

Basket of taupe roses at sunsetYou have a new book coming out next month called Growing Wonder: A Flower Farmer’s Guide to Growing Roses. What inspired you to write this book and can you tell us a little more about it? 

The pandemic made me step out of my comfort zone and do something I would never have imagined—write a book. In the middle of the full-blown lockdowns of 2020, the publisher contacted me asking for a meeting and pitched me the idea of writing a book about growing garden roses for cut flower production. I’ll be honest, it took some convincing and a few more meetings to say yes. I, like the rest of the world, had two small kids now at home full-time while I was trying to navigate running a business amid lockdowns, making sure my family and employees stayed healthy, all while doing a 180-degree pivot in my business model when weddings and events were canceled. I honestly didn’t know how or where I was going to squeeze in the time to write a book. Luckily they were very persuasive and I dove into the deep end of the writing pool headfirst.

The inspiration for the book came from all of the wonderful people I’ve met throughout my career in agriculture and more recently in my Menagerie Academy learning community who just want to learn to grow beautiful things. From the home gardener to the aspiring flower farmer I wanted to share all I could so they could make their world more filled with wonder and beauty. I approached the book with that ethos in mind and wanted to give sound advice to people whether they have 10 minutes a week to spend with their roses or 5 hours a day tending to them. 

Felicia Alvarez planting bare root rosesEvery chapter there are tips for my three “rose growing” archetypes: The Weekend Warrior, The Everyday Gardener, and The Aspiring Rosarian. So even the person who thinks they don’t have a green thumb and zero time to spare but has always wanted to grow roses can find information to start growing their own roses as cut flowers. More experienced growers can science geek out with me with more advanced content learning how to use soil tension to guide their irrigation and improve their cultural practices to get those coveted cut flower blooms.

The book covers everything from how to select varieties, the best way to plant, basic insect and disease care, soil evaluation and irrigation methods, how to harvest for cut flower production, proper post-harvest care, my favorite tools of the trade, and more. It’s everything I wish I knew when I started growing garden roses for commercial production. Thank goodness for editors or I may have ended up with War and Peace! I didn’t realize how much I wanted to share until I started typing. 

My hope is that readers, wherever they are in their rose growing journey, will be able to gain the knowledge and confidence to grow their own beautiful garden roses to snip and share.

Menagerie Farm fieldsErin: I know firsthand how important pre-orders are for the success of a book, especially for first-time authors. We want to help you get Growing Wonder into as many hands as possible. Can you share how readers can pre-order a copy of your new book? 

I will be offering signed copies from the very first print run through my website and these special copies will be available sometime in February. If you are eager to get your hands on one, pre-order from the Menagerie Shop here

Growing Wonder will also be available through all major booksellers later in the spring. Right now it’s looking like late March. You can pre-order a copy from Amazon here. It’s also available from Barnes & Noble and Target

Growing Wonder book on shelfTo celebrate the upcoming release of Growing Wonder, Felicia has given us five deluxe rose goodie boxes to raffle off. Each box will contain a signed copy of her book and three of her favorite bare root roses!

This giveaway is open to residents in the U.S. only. To enter to win, please tell us your experience level (Weekend Warrior, Everyday Gardener, or Aspiring Rosarian) and what you’re hoping to learn from Felicia’s new book or your biggest area of struggle when it comes to growing roses. The five winners will be announced here on Wednesday, January 26. 

Update: A big congratulations to our winners Crystal, Lindsay, Bob Morris, Lynn and Romana Wahid!

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1,625 Comments

  1. Kathleen + Hollywood 🐶 on

    Very much enjoyed learning how and what you ladies are accomplishing and your motivation driving such success! Truly sisters. The entire interview grows like my Wisteria vines, twisting and turning and reproducing joy in every season. Thanks!!

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  2. Jenny Garcia on

    Wow, so inspirational, thank you for sharing your love and knowledge for roses 🌹 I would love to buy a signed book!

    Nice interview Erin.

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  3. lindsaydesignss on

    What a moving story! I’m a beginner yet come from a long queue of rose nursery workers from grandma and mother. I would agree that right currently I’m an end of the week champion yet with plans to open my cut blossom ranch this year. I would adore a marked duplicate of this book. I’m searching for guidance on the best way to choose the right roses for my environment in Mississippi.
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  4. Jeanne on

    My husband learned of my love for rose gardens when we were dating. When we bought our first home, my husband surprised me with a flower delivery. It was a potted rose. He said every woman deserves flowers, and wanna be rose gardeners deserve roses with roots. A tradition was born and carried out on Valentine day, my birthday, and “just because it’s fall or spring.” My favorite roses were the David Austin roses. I love their beauty and their fragrance. I especially loved Graham Thomas, it was like sunshine with a wonderful fragrance. We sold that first home, and my 30 roses stayed with the house. I was working long hours, and hardly had time to keep up with our yard. Now retired, I’m yearning for a rose garden. We are planning to convert our yard from water intensive to drought tolerant. It’s been so long since I’ve gardened, that I feel I’m starting all over, and need all the guidance I can get! So glad to see this blog! Thank you!

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  5. Martie on

    Wow this was exciting. I actually know so little about roses, but love them. And I just was introduced to the idea of garden roses in wedding bouquets by my girl friend who did a whole romanic pink wedding with them. This last year I bought two David Austin Queen of Sweden roses and enjoyed them so much. They were my 6 year anniversary gift from my husband and we got everything needed to plant them together. It was really something special to do that together. At the end of the year I was very intimidated with how to prune them and what would keep them well through the winter. I still cringe hoping they will be alive this spring. Moving into this year I love seeing new rose options and want to learn more about how to enjoy the flow of growing roses and how to pick varieties that will work for my cut flower business. I am obsessed with Celestial Night, because of that color. My mom and I plan to create a row of roses this year back on my family farm in North Dakota. I love the idea of adding something so special to a place that is incredibly special to me and my family. I look forward to reading Growing Wonder and having her book for reference, because I am so new to everything.

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  6. Shirley Douglas on

    What an inspiring story! I’m a newbie but come from a long line of rose gardeners from grandmother and mother. I would say right now I’m a weekend warrior but with plans to open my cut flower farm this year. I would love a signed copy of this book. I’m looking for advice on how to select the right roses for my climate in Mississippi. I’m in Zone 8a. I have 30 acres to think and dream about full of roses.

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  7. Stephanie on

    Thank you for sharing Felicia’s inspiring story. Plants and gardening are on my mind everyday! Fragrance in roses is primary for me. I have a couple David Austin roses ( Graham Thomas and Gertrude Jekyll) that really best flourish when allowed to be climbers trained horizontally but that leaves shorter cutting stems—I will be carefully reading to see if I can glean what she does with this conundrum as it relates to training and pruning. Always, thank you.

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  8. Candace Minster on

    Thank you for all of the lovely rose content lately. It’s getting me excited to try growing a few this year. They’ve always intimidated me!

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  9. Theresa rote on

    Like Felicia, roses connect me to my Italian grandmother. I remember the big , beautiful, fragrant deep red roses growing in her front yard in West Virginia. I have tried to grow roses in my garden in Cincinnati and now in San Diego. I am replanting my backyard garden and want to add new rose varieties. Will be difficult to select which ones though!
    As a Research Nurse, I respect all of the time and trial that she puts into each new rose (5 years, wow)!
    So excited to read and learn from her book!!

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  10. Beth Anne Cade on

    With roses 🌹 I’m a wknd warrior in western NewYork , on top of windy hill and currently 2 foot of snow . Roses have a struggle and would benefit from some specialized guidance I might find in this book .

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  11. Gweneth Kovar on

    I have always wanted roses in my garden and I now have an opportunity to add them in. Any leg up to making sure my rose investment is successful is a plus. This is my very first time seriously growing roses, I want to try to have some level of success.

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  12. Joyce Fowler on

    Everyday Gardner and collector of many books. The interview was very interesting and loved seeing all the roses of different colors and the description about them. I only have grown knock out roses in two colors and would love to grow some different roses, just never had any idea what kind would be best to try to grow. Would especially like to try one that has fragrance. Thanks for the opportunity to learn more.

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  13. Shelly Przybylski on

    Everyday gardener living vicariously through the books, blogs, pictures, and posts from knowledgeable and passionate flower farmers such as you ladies! My biggest struggle with growing roses was my own closed minded opinion of roses. Thorny, finicky, and not very spectacular. A bouquet of roses didn’t wow me and where I live knockout roses are abundant. I’ve recently discovered that like dahlias and zinnias roses offer many beautiful shapes, colors, and personalities! I hope to learn more about the basics of growing roses from Felica’s book and continue to leanr and appreciate more what roses have to offer. “A rose does not answer its enemies with words, but with beauty.” -Matshona Dhliwayo

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  14. Kelly on

    I am an everyday gardener. I love all plants! I hope to learn better everyday care of roses to bring out their all-around best. Thanks for the nice interview. It was enjoyable to read.

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  15. ShannonFoster-Boline on

    Aspiring Rosarian – every garden I have must have a bounty of roses. I can not wait to read this new book because we are moving to a new home and there is the perfect circular lawn section that I will be digging up the turf and installing me dream box and rose garden (with a few friends like lavender in there for good measure). Because I live in such a humid portion of our lovely state (can you say temperate rain forest), I especially look forward to her chapters on managing diseases (such as black spot). Additionally I am ready to Geek out on the science part of really getting my soil, fertilizing and water down pat! All in all I would say “Bravo” to the author for all you have accomplished. I am so appreciative that you took a risk and followed your passion – otherwise we all would have missed out on all you have given!

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  16. Karla Ehlers on

    Such a lovely article! I’m an everyday gardener and the things that make me nervous about roses is the initial investment and the thorns.

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  17. Taryn Rabine on

    I am the Everyday Gardener who doesn’t have any roses yet. Somehow they have always intrigued with their beauty. Felicia’s book looks wonderful, with her helpful tips she wishes she had know when starting her venture.
    My biggest struggle is finding the best location to grow roses, as I have a lot of shade. I did notice some of the varieties do denote shade, so hopefully the partial shade area will be sporting a rose bush or two in 2022!

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  18. Trish Keenan on

    I consider myself a weekend warrior, though I love being in the garden whenever I can. Southern California allows for the perfect climate for roses. I have been growing roses for many years and have several favorites. My love for gardening roses started with my mom, as well as growing up with the Rose Parade in Pasadena. I used to help my mom in the garden as a child and I loved all of the varieties. She showed me the ‘proper’ way to prune roses, how to plant by having the base of the rose align with the moon, bug maintenance, and overall appreciating the love of the flower. We used to joke that she could place pencils in the ground and they would sprout up roses. I really enjoyed reading your interview and looking forward to reading Felicia’s new book to further my love for this flower.

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  19. Karen Brinkley on

    Love this post. So much to learn, but in a form easy to take in . I’m somewhere between a weekend warrior and everyday gardener. Love roses so much as they totally take me back to my grandmother and great grandmother. They both where accomplished rose growers.

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  20. Cathy Field on

    Definitely an aspiring Rosarian, I hope to add roses to our lineup of what we grow at our small Oklahoma Farm. Besides the lavender we grow, roses are right up there as my favorite flower and I look forward to your new book and learning as much as I can about growing roses. I find pruning to be the most challenging aspect of growing roses, but I expect that’s due to my inexperience. Like Rose Belovich, I am starting my rose journey at 60!

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  21. Victoria Yang on

    Totally a Weekend Warrior, I remember stumbling across an instagram post you did with Distant Drums in them and fell in love. I’ve had that one rose bush for several years now (killed one and got one to survive). :D Would love to learn more about how to take care of it better and maybe propagate it!

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  22. Angela on

    I am a weekend warrior and was able to get a tiny, cut flower garden going last year. I am hoping to expand on it! Roses are my grandmother’s favorite and she’s got an incredible green thumb, so I’ve been wanting to add some in to impress her :). I have a lot to learn but would love to see what Felicia has to say about insects and disease because that has been my biggest struggle!

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  23. Candace Roberts on

    Just read the article and WOW. This brought me back to a time growing up racing outside to cut fresh roses to bring to school. The fresh dew on them and always the aroma of those beautiful gifts of nature. Reading Felicia’s book would enable me to figure out growing roses here in Northern Arizona. It has been a challenge, the only variety I have are good old white iceberg. Just can not get the soil figured out. With bitter winters and hot dry summers the challenge as been trying. Yet I still long for a rose garden to take a cup of coffee and repeat those childhood memories once more.

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  24. Leigh Ann Theunick on

    My husband and I recently purchased and moved to a large piece of property. It has a wonderful, old barn. As we haggle over the farm’s master plan, I have convinced my husband to carve out some space on the east side of the barn for a rose garden. My Grandma used to start roses from cuttings and had an amazing rose garden. I hope I have inherited her green thumb! I love David Austin roses!!! In zone 4, I have not had great success with roses surviving the winter. Hoping to use the barn to help creste a microclimate. I am a Weekend Warrior gardener, but this year I am launching a cut flower garden to fill the roadside farmstand. Over the next 5 years I am hoping to grow my flower business to replace the income from my current job.

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  25. Crystal on

    Erin, thanks for sharing your love of roses with us and this lovely interview with Felicia. I and my Mom got the opportunity last October to attend one of her workshops, and tour her beautiful rose farm.. what an experience for my mom and I to share . i’ve been growing roses for over 15 years now but struggle with gophers, she gave me lots of great tips for this next season. I’d love to add her book to my library, I know it will be a great reference! Thank you 🧡

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  26. Nikki Uyboco on

    Hello, I’m Nikki and I’m a Weekend Warrior. Currently, I just have one yellow rose bush that I just love. I’m looking to expand my garden and dream of a rose garden, even though my backyard is small. I hope to learn the basics and easy care tips from Felicia’s new book!

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  27. Beth Morel on

    I am an evolving Everday Gardener with the knowledge underneath me that my garden evolves with me – and since I have come to this pursuit beginning in my sixties – I feel a bit late – there is so very much for me to continue to learn – Felicia’s book will only inspire me to keep learning and growing!

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  28. MARLA STURGES on

    Thank you for the lovely interview! Completely inspiring! I am a Weekend Warrior soon to be an everyday gardener. I read this interview at a very difficult time in my life. As I sit here writing this, I am with my mother who is dying. She is an amazing woman, and has been a continual inspiration for me on how to live my life. Very basic. “Do good, be good. Give back. “ So with her words in my mind, I have decided to creat a rose garden in her honor to do just that. I hope to share my garden so that it will become an inspiration to others. Felicia’s book will become an essential reference as I begin my new journey with roses.

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  29. Kali on

    I have never really cared for roses, mostly because I was only exposed to the seemingly fake looking ones from grocery stores shipped halfway across the country. These blogs have helped open me up to all sorts of unique and magical varieties!

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  30. Hilda Banuelos on

    I’m a beginner gardener that aspires to spend more time gardening and would love to add more flowers and color to my backyard. I am newly ‘retired’ and empty nester and I am enjoying finding new pursuits. We inherited several rose bushes when we moved into our current home and they have survived despite our lack of knowledge. I’ve been busy cleaning up the backyard and looking forward to seeing it come to life.

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  31. Diana Wisen on

    I’m an everyday gardener with a lifetime of experience but still so much to learn . I struggle to keep my roses healthy here in Skagit County as black spot is rampant. David Austen roses are my favorites and I’d love to know which roses do well despite our PNW climate and not much all day sun in my garden,

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  32. Catherine on

    I’m an everyday gardener with an immense love for roses! During the pandemic, I tried my hand (or green thumb) at propagating roses through cuttings and had my first successes at it. I now have 5 rose babies from 2020 growing in my garden with more cuttings planned for this season. One of my biggest struggles is that I want more roses than my landscape has room for, and more than half my yard is in shade so I have to be creative in plant placement. Also in my area in the south, rose rosette disease is a threat – so giving the roses their best chance by learning about care and maintenance while watching out for signs and symptoms of that to make sure my plants stay healthy. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise with us so we may someday be aspiring rosarians!

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  33. Darcie on

    Everyday gardener who has only tried growing one rose and then had to leave it due to a move (over 25 years ago). I would love to try again and the book sounds delightful.

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  34. Kartini Maxson on

    I think I fall somewhere between weekend warrior and everyday gardener. Every time I see roses I think of my mom. She loved growing and gifting others from our garden. But if I could ask her I think she’d say her roses were the jewel of our garden. For me roses seem so intimidating, something I don’t think I could do. I think probably due to fear of failing at something she loved so much. So, I think my biggest area of struggle will be taking that step through fear of failing. And I’m hoping to gain confidence to just start-even afraid.

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  35. Genevieve Beck on

    Everyday Gardener here who would love to be an Aspiring Rosarian. There are so many roses out there! I believe the book would help narrow down the field a bit. Thank you for this wonderful interview with a very inspiring gardener.

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  36. Alyssa K. on

    My knowledge of roses is Weekend Warrior level, but I would love to learn more about how to care for roses in particular climates, what soil works best, watering habits, etc. It’s such a treat to be exposed to this trove of knowledge and to see obvious passion for what’s being written about. Thank you!

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  37. Rocio on

    So beautiful, more experience and rose wisdom…Thank you for sharing this interview as well. I’m a weekend warrior and every spare minute gardner/seed person/and a researcher (homemade) in propagation with a passion for the climbers and David Austin roses. I have always garden using organic processes, so I have earned my stripes hand picking beetles at midnight and keep relocating my plants looking for the perfect sun/wind/proteccion spot… researching a ton my garden conditions… so I’m a rosarian in the making for years now! And I cannot wait to learn about the information and the level of assessment that I have not seen before… Mamy thanks in advance…

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  38. Amy Christianson on

    Weekend Warrior here! I would love to learn the best foundation to start establishing a beautiful rose garden in zone 4.

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  39. Ali News on

    Wow that Honey Dijon rose, what a beauty, I’m hoping to learn how to successfully raise these beauties, so much trial and error learning how to care for roses…. Forever hopeful

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  40. Kristin Johnsen on

    Probably a weekend warrior at this point-I was an everyday gardener for years but other life pursuits lead me away from the garden. But I’m always trying with roses and struggle every year with pruning as I have some hybrid ts and some David Austin. Focus and help in making better choices for success and maintaining what I have is what I’m looking for.

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  41. Vickie on

    Count me as an everyday gardener who has eliminated most old roses because of the heavy care they demand. I’m hoping this book will inspire me to try again with better success.

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  42. Shefali Gupta on

    I’m an everyday gardener who enjoys just really living in my garden when weather permits. I’m in zone 6 where winters can get very cold and I have quite a bit of stem dieback on my roses every year but that doesn’t deter me from growing them. I have a number of roses in my garden including some David Austen roses. They are very young but I enjoy seeing them growing and getting better each year. All the best for your new book. I look forward to reading it!

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  43. Kira L. on

    I am snug in between that beginner and everyday gardener stage. I love my garden and especially love roses. I have to say my biggest struggle has to be pruning! I live in central Florida, so the rain and humidity is terrible when it comes to black spot on my roses. But I have found that proper pruning can drastically reduce this pain of a fungus! I just have to be sure to do it properly and open up the middle of my bushes for better air circulation… and get over chopping the beauties down! I’m always having to remind myself I’m not doing anything harmful, it’s for their own good.

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  44. Charlean Hayes Hughes on

    I am between a beginner and every day gardener. I love the visual beauty of roses but am in LOVE with fragrant roses. I left my beautiful climbing rose at my last house and long to recreate that beauty in my new home. I did rescue 6 neglected rose bushes in my new home which bring me joy. Excited to get this book for the instruction and inspiration.

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  45. Jill Shea on

    I’m an Aspiring Rosarian who just learned my great grandmother was known for her climbing roses. I want to help carry on her legacy! I struggle working with partial shade areas and want to explore what I can get away with in my sunnier spots!

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  46. Ruth Ann on

    I am an every day gardener when it comes to roses I suppose. I only have 3 rose bushes. However, I dream of adding on some rambling roses around my gardens. I would love to learn more about growing roses and tucking them in around my flower farm. Here in zone 5 there are fewer roses that can grow. I swoon over an old rambling rose in my in-laws CA garden that is beautiful.

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  47. Laura Campbell on

    I am a beginning everyday gardener! I have 7 rose bushes and hope to add a few more. I would love to see more of the beautiful varieties in the book, as well as how to arrange them.

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  48. Callie on

    I scooped up my very first roses in November before they were discarded and am diving in learning how to care for them. While I grow many flowers in a small space, I have everything to learn about roses, having only grown a very forgiving rugosa. My earliest memories of roses are scouring the overgrown fields for the first wild blossoms, the smell of which I’ll never forget.

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  49. HappyHourGardener on

    I am an everyday looking to become a rosarian. Definitely high on inspiration but thirst to learn more. Last year I participated in a Pesky Plant trial and walked passed the UofMN rose trials on my way to the plot. Stopping to examine and dream of them on my land.
    I have had a journey with roses finding it difficult to find the colors and qualities that can survive my zone 3b MN frost and freezer I set up my little flower farm in. But this year, inspired by Gardeners World on BBC I am on a mission to close that GAP both in knowledge and stock! Looking forward to purchasing and swooning over the beautiful roses that will surely be on the pages of your book.

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  50. Lindsy Barnes on

    I’m an everyday gardener with a love for those beautiful garden roses! My current property is too small to farm them but I love to incorporate them into my landscape. I have 3 David Austin roses and hope to add more!

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  51. Debbee Carlson on

    Hi – I’m in my gardens a little while most everyday. I’m new to in the ground gardening, this will be my ninth year and I’m loving it. Peonies and roses have been my favorite. My first rose I dig up a piece from my MIL in Minnesota. It originally came from her sister’s MIL. Her sister just passed this week at 91.5 years so this rose has been around a while. I treasure the history as well as the beauty of it. I have no idea the name of it. I would love to expand my rose garden.

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  52. Shawn on

    Everyday Gardner here. But on my way to Aspiring Rosarian. In fact, I really plan to breed roses! It’s the inevitable trajectory for the designer in me with everything I do. As I was dreaming about the very specific roses I am after last season, my first crosses were made to practice the process. Geeking out on the science and commercial aspects of cut flower roses in the book is what I most look forward too!

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  53. Megan on

    Everyday Gardener, creeping toward Aspiring Rosarian! This is a beautiful profile and I can’t wait to read more!

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  54. Dana on

    Weekend Warrior? With work and kids (and all their activities) I’m not in the garden as much as I would love to be. I currently only have 2 roses, but they are very dear to me as I brought them home from my grandmothers garden after she passed and the house (and gardens) I spent Sunday afternoons in was to be sold. I’d love to learn more on hire to care for them and to plan a much much larger rose garden.

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  55. Kelly H on

    Weekend warrior. Roses have been my first love and I would love to add more to my tiny collection. I look forward to knowing more varieties and propagation from the book.

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  56. Meredith on

    Weekend warrior for now trying to get a side hustle of cut flower sales going. Roses have been the one I’m most scared to tackle- they always felt disease prone and high maintenance. Seeing all these photos though makes me think they are worth it and maybe get a bad rap! I would love to read all the tips for getting a good harvest for cuts are in growing wonder. Thank you!

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  57. Julie H. on

    I have always been a huge fan of the beauty roses bring! I am struggling to find the perfect roses to start my garden collection because I am in zone 3b and it seems there are limited varieties. Hoping to expand my knowledge!

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  58. Erin E. on

    A little over a year ago I transitioned from a WW (Weekend Warrior) to an Everyday Gardener (EG), when I retired after almost 4 decades of working full time. My garden helped me handle lots of stress over the years and has also brought me great joy over the years in sharing my treasures with family and friends. I can only dream of being an Aspiring Rosarian. While I have been ‘practicing’ growing roses since I was a teenager, I still have so many things to learn about roses. I am an organic gardener, and I always like to know how I can help my roses be healthy in a Pacific NW climate. I hope to learn all the many things I ‘didn’t know’ from Felicia’s book. Growing roses is a life-long-learning adventure (and joy!)!

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  59. Cassandra DeLeon on

    I am currently a weekend warrior but aspire to learn as much as possible about growing roses in my 5b climate. I recently made my first rose purchases and hope to learn all I can to best support their growth and health. I have been trialing varieties of flowers over the last 3 years and the pandemic increased my desire to be in the garden as much as possible. Adding roses to my garden is an exciting step in my flower adventure. I would love nothing more than to fill my house and those of family and friends with the joy and beauty of roses in addition to my other favorites. This book sounds like it would be a wonderful resource.

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  60. nim ingersoll on

    I am a weekend warrior and everyday gardener. I always have the love for roses and the phrase said, stop and smell the roses. I have about 11 roses in my garden, but all of them have different smell. I am in zone 4b or 5a. most of my roses have to stand the hard winter. so most of my roses are david Austin and some Buck rose. I just can’t wait to read about roses.

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  61. Nancy Anecito on

    My father who has now passed introduced me to roses about age 10 and home gardening. It was a bond we grew to share over the years. He would grow a variety of roses for my mother who treasured each blooms fragrance, color and shape. She would proudly display them on the fireplace mantle or kitchen table. It was a an act and symbol of love, his growing the roses and her treasuring them reflected in how she displayed them.
    My goal is to find roses on the low end of developing powdery mildew and black spot here in the Soquel Valley. Only a few miles in from the Monterrey Bay the summer days can be quite warm and the evening fog will roll in creating perfect conditions for both diseases.
    My loves are the cupped old fashion roses that have plenty of fragrance to fill a room. However I do appreciate a good fragrant hybrid tea. I will be semi-retired this spring and plan to develop a quarter to half acre rose garden along with a variety of dahlias. Following the advise of experienced flower growers like Erin and Felicia and reading the books Erin has put out, her blog posts about the antique roses in WA and now Felicia’s new book I hope to gain needed insights, courage and inspiration. I will dedicate my garden to my parents who fostered my love of roses and gardening.

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  62. Denise Read on

    Growing things has been my greatest pleasure in life since childhood. I am proud to be an everyday gardener. I garden at a community garden in an urban setting in Western Washington, where I grow flowers and vegetables. I have coaxed several roses into offering beautiful blooms over the years; but I have struggled with black spot, powdery mildew, and other diseases. I would like to learn more about cultivating roses without the use of chemicals. I imagine adding the beauty and romance of roses to my garden plot for fellow gardeners and visitors alike. It’s truly a verdant oasis in the city.
    Erin’s Rose Story is so inspiring. I am confident that Felicia’s book will provide insight into how to go about cultivating the beauty of roses in my garden.

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  63. Karen Anderson on

    I’m somewhere between and Weekend Warrior and an Everyday Gardener. We inherited a marvelous, massive yellow rose bush that’s been growing in a corner of our yard for decades. It blooms for just one week a year, and we always celebrate that amazing time in as many ways as our creativity can come up with. Our favorite is to fill shallow bowls of water with the blossoms, which imbue our home with delicate, lemony fragrance.
    I’d like to grow more roses in my high desert climatic zone 5, but am not sure how to proceed. I have planted gift potted miniature roses only to watch them die. (Full confession: I’ve also watched many other plant species die in our poor soil and harsh growing conditions.) Any advice on which types of roses would survive — and dare I hope even thrive and flourish? — in our charging location is most welcome, along with how to help that happen.

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  64. Nicole Williamson on

    I’m a beginning everyday gardener who swoons at pretty roses, but only have one scraggly rose plant that I have no idea how to take care of. I’d love to learn how from Felicia! Apparently the original owners of this house used to have a ton of rose bushes and I’d like to restore some of that original charm to this old home.

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  65. Paula Nichols on

    I am transitioning from a Weekend Warrior to an Everyday Gardener since I retired in August. I am hoping to learn more about how to be successful with own root roses and how to get more blooms on the roses I have. I struggle with too much shade (our street is named Avenue of the Oaks) and the heat and humidity of Texas. Can’t wait to read the book!

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  66. Gail K. on

    Definitely a Weekend Warrior. My grandfather had a beautiful rose garden that I always loved. I have decided it is time to try my hand at raising these beauties, but I need rose education😊. We live in Denver and know the climate can be tough on plants, however, roses flourish if nurtured. I am excited to hear about Felicia’s book for all levels of rose gardening. Hopefully, this will be the year my rose garden was born.

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  67. Janis Purl on

    I thought I was an experienced home grower of roses and didn’t need any new information. I had 80 roses in my garden in California and all of them thrived. I moved to Colorado and planted 5 roses at my new house and 4 of them died. I love roses and prefer the older varieties with their wonderful scents. Being a professional wholesale grower of flowers sounds like heaven. Hard work of course but a small piece of heaven on earth. When I was growing up there was a large bush of pink roses on the side of the house they had the most wonderful smell when my mother would bring in some of those roses for our table. I have tried to find that rose without success. But I continue to search which is half the fun, s
    earching for a rose that you have a wonderful memory of but no other information other than it was pink and had a strong scent. LOL

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  68. Jessica P. on

    Aspiring Rosarian. I have a small flower farm but have always been intimidated by roses. The thorns, the fertilizer, pruning – it all seems like a lot to wrap my head around. Last year I added 10 roses and only two survived so I know I need some help and more research to do! But I always up for a challenge and there are so many gorgeous roses, I can’t give up!

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  69. Linda Bradley on

    Aspiring Rosarian. I have been a cut flower farmer for four years. I’ve wanted to grow roses from the beginning but knew I had to wait until my field and business were a little more established to take them on. My grandmother was a rose gardener near Chicago and she instilled her love for them in me. I now live in South Carolina where the growing conditions are quite different. I am encouraged by the examples in this article of cutting roses that do well in heat and humidity, as we have those in abundance here! I look forward to learning more. Thank you, Floret team, for spreading the good word of another inspiring flower journey.

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  70. Gabrielle Prescott on

    With roses I would consider myself a weekend warrior. They’re delicate and graceful and rather intimidating, in my opinion. I have always had a dream of having a rose garden that’s overflowing and lush – think secret garden vibes. I live in a cold snowy climate and I have tried a few cuttings with no success from my grandmothers old roses. I’m so looking forward to reading Felicias book to learn to grow with confidence and how to be successful. Someday I want to walk through my rose garden and be able to tell my children these were once apart of your grandmothers garden!

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  71. Erin Gathright on

    It’s intimidating to write a comment for a writer. I am not much of a writer. I am however a gardener and flower farmer. I have tried many flowers over the last three years. Some are successful here in the south and some are not. I have decided to niche down my little flower farm. Grow things that make me happy. I do not necessarily want to start thousands of seed in the greenhouse, but I do want to go out into the rose garden and work and tend to the roses. What a delight! Thanks Erin for teaching me how to flower farm.

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  72. Gabrielle E. Wells on

    When I was a little girl I remember my mom going out into the backwoods behind our apartment complex, digging out a plot and starting a garden in it. The plants got eaten by bugs and moles, but she was determined to show us how things grew from the land, even when we didn’t have any. My Grandmother took me to the botanical gardens and set me down with some paints and an easel and we would sketch and paint the pretty flowers. When we visited my Grandfather’s house, he would let us run through his beautiful vegetable garden and a whole bed of cutting roses that I still remember when I smell a fragrant rose. I’ve been surrounded by learning and plants all my life. Fast forward to the present. I have 6 little ones now at home. I am trying to teach them how to better grow food and beautiful flowers including roses. It is important to me that I show them how to improve on what they can grow and absorb information to preserve beauty and improvement for whatever tomorrow may bring.

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  73. Romana Wahid on

    I would describe myself as an everyday gardener who is aiming to be an aspiring rosarian. From my childhood memories of creating beautiful bouquets with my mother’s heirloom roses to using delicate and sweet petals for holiday desserts, roses have been a part of every special moment in my life. I would be honored to receive Felicia’s book because she inspires me to be the fearless and passionate rosarian I dream of becoming. Learning her tips about combatting black spot and powdery mildew and understanding how to pair roses with complimentary plants will empower me to take my gardening skills to the next level and fulfill my goal of creating a beautiful and fragrant rose garden. I truly believe roses have immense healing powers and I want to create this rose garden as a calming sanctuary for my family and friends.

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  74. Susan on

    The landscape I grow roses in is the desert of Las Vegas, Nevada. Now, very hot in the summer then quite chilly in the winter.
    As an Aspiring Rosarian in the spring when the blossoms are magnificent and their bushes as healthy as can be, to the end
    of summer when they look like they could not possibly live for another year, I long to gain more wisdom to tend these
    beauties in this unrelenting climate. They are hardy! It’s no wonder that the cultivation of roses possibly began about
    5000 years ago, and the fact that they are so special that they have been lovingly cultivated over the centuries by so many.
    As the inspiration for gardens, perfume, enchanted events and much more they add beauty to the fabric of our lives. So, I will
    keep tending my roses even thru the hot winds of summer for the promise of future bouquets!

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  75. Nathina Duncan on

    It’s funny…I’ve followed Floret along with so many other farmers and for some reason, roses never came to the forefront for me. We just bought a 55 acre farm in December in our home state of Vermont and I’ve been itching to plant perennials. Like, obsessively. Roses keep popping up in my feed on fb, Florets wonderful rose story, and now I find Felicia and her wonderful stories. Our farm is all about stories: how we started, where our seeds come from and their story. I’ve only ever had rugosas and I’m itching to get every kind of rose that can handle our nasty negative Temps here in zone 4b. Much love and thanks 😊

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  76. Lu on

    I am both a weekend warrior and an aspiring Rosarian. I started gardening during pandemic and becoming increasingly interested in all things planting every day. I got a few roses at the beginning of the pandemic. They brought tons of joy but I definitely need to do more so they can flourish. I can definitely use more knowledge on growing them, which I am sure I can get that from Felicia’s book.

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  77. Éva-Marie on

    I anticipate I would be apart of the ‘Aspiring Rosarian’ category. I am a perfumer/raw material specialist/sensory sommelier (walking multiple corridors), who has traveled the globe searching for fragrant roses and the production methods that acquire Rose oil, hydrosol, absolute, extract. Arriving back to USA from Italy, where I stewarded heritage perfume roses, although spending concentrated time within the International testing gardens of the Pacific NW, I have been humbled with a roses project that has me learning the terroir (airroir) of Northern California, and as well, cutting roses, which I have now fallen in love with beyond the perfume species. Grazie, thank you, for your passion and glorious pages that forever bring joy and amplified spirit when I discover and visit, beautiful and inspiring interview !

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  78. Marti on

    A weekend warrior. I love roses but have had trouble finding roses that grow in my planting zone. From the book I’d like to learn the basics, ground prep and how to care for a rose garden. Thanks 💖

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  79. Cynthia Smeloff on

    I suppose I qualify as an everyday gardener with an avid-rosarian-wanna-be bent. 😉😆 I’m trying to rehabilitate an inherited very old, very neglected rose garden on the property we bought a few years ago. I hope your book covers propagation because I want to propagate some that I have so as to reestablish younger healthier bushes and rejuvenate the garden.

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  80. Adriana Anderson on

    I am more of the Everyday Gardener. From Felicia’s book, I look forward to learning how to maximize efficiency of irrigation by soil, especially for roses.

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  81. Charlene on

    Deer! If only I didn’t have to contend with deer, I would have a hundred roses, instead I just have 5! I’m an everyday lover of being in our garden.

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  82. Wendy Freiwald on

    My first rose was a baby wine-colored tea rose in a gallon pot from Home Depot when I was a second year grad student in Denver. It sat on my apartment balcony, while I fell in love with it, and promptly died at the start of the fall term. My first lesson was that roses apparently need more sun than a north-facing balcony. Fast forward 25 years and this Weekend Warrior now owns some land, is still in love with roses (especially the David Austins) and still has very little hands-on experience with the beauties. My goal is to create a rose-ringed sanctuary to protect the burial site of our sweet family dog who passed away last week. I would like to learn more about hardy, own-root roses (for our Michigan winters), planting tips for clay soil and care that can help my roses last. Blessings!

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  83. Tiffany on

    I’m an everyday gardener, but it’s been almost six years since I’ve had roses of my own to care for again (since selling our old house and developing new property on acreage for us to live, which takes foreverrrrr and costs crazy money). I grew up with my mom always having a beautiful garden, including plenty of roses, and she taught me so much! I remember when she used to place orders on the phone with Jackson & Perkins!! I remember so many fresh rose bouquets in the house all the time.💕

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  84. Melissa Waddle on

    I’m very new to roses and gardening in general. This is my second and therefore first serious year of gardening. I learned last year how my health issues played into the amount of time I was able to devote to watering and pruning. This year, an irrigation system is going in so that I only have to worry about pruning.

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  85. Grace Deguzman on

    I am currently a weekend warrior but aspire to be an everyday gardener. I have a few rose bushes in my garden that I inherited when I moved in to my home but am not sure that I am giving them the love and attention that they deserve. I would like to learn more about how to take care of them so that they can thrive for many more years to come. I also would love to add additional varieties to my garden. I am a new florist and would like to grow my own flowers for experiment bouquet arranging at home. I am looking forward to the release of Felicia’s book. I am excited to learn more about roses.

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  86. David on

    I am a weekend warrior. I would like to learn how the grow great roses in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. 2,500 ft level. We have lots of trees on our property so finding enough sun can be an issue. My desire to learn is to provide my wife with flowers. Anything that will bloom she will cut and bring into the house to brighten the house. We have tried roses before but powdery mildew just over whelmed us. My wife seems to think the Ceder trees bring on the powdery mildew. There was a Ceder tree very close by. We have one part of the property where roses might do well. No Ceder trees near by and the sunniest spot on the property. Unfortunately it’s on the lower part of the property making it difficult for my wife to care for the plants. It will be all me. I’m up for the challenge. I love the flowers too. I am the one who plants the tulips, daffodils and Irises. My wife cuts them and brings them into the house to brighten her day. Roses would be the crowning touch.

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  87. Patricia on

    The Everyday Gardener –
    I’m new to roses and I confess they intimidate me.
    Thank you for inspiring me to at least try to deal with them 😃

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  88. Laurie Moore on

    I aspire to be a rosarian. I’m so fascinated with Roses and how they breech gender, culture, race, language and time. I look forward to learning more about the riddle of water, so my Roses are at their best regardless of the weather.

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  89. Robin Bach on

    I am an aspiring rosarian. My mother gave me a great education on roses about 30 years ago. She collected old rose varieties and had a huge garden. We took a trip to visit Heritage Roses and the Portland Rose garden which was incredible and visited the famous rose garden in Elizabeth Park in Hartford, CT near my home many times. Then David Austin came out with a book and started selling roses in the US and I was GONE!! I was newly married and we had just bought a house, I saved money for my husband’s xmas present and spent it on David Austin’s roses – I couldn’t help myself. Over the years I have lost many of those roses and after raising 3 kids I am now taking the Online Workshop and adding roses that florists might want and also replacing some DAs. I am so excited for Felicia Alvarez’s new book and would love to learn how to propagate roses. I really enjoyed Erin’s blogs on roses, they brought back a lot of memories. One of my favorite roses is Climbing Eden which never fails to stop me in my tracks in full bloom.

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  90. Karen on

    I’m an everyday Gardener who loves flowers, roses especially. I have roses in many colors and fragrances. I struggle with black spot and would love any and all advice to enhance and grow more roses in CO. Looking forward to reading your new book.

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  91. Kalli W. on

    I am a weekend warrior for now but aspire to be a Rosarian! I love roses so much! I would love to learn more about the ins and outs of growing roses on a large scale. I’d love to be inspired by Felicia’s knowledge in Growing Wonder!

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  92. Melissa MacKinnon on

    I am an Aspiring Rosarian. My father grew roses and I have been growing Rosa Rugosa to use medicinally for 5 years. I am interested in learning more about the world of roses and cultivating older scented varieties.

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  93. Christi on

    I’m a Weekend Warrior, who hopes to grow! I’d like to learn how to deal with blackspot, and have a perspective on growing roses for cutting and not just looks.

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  94. Jessica Roderer on

    I’m an Everyday Gardener but hoping to become an Aspiring Rosarian. My goals include getting more land and planting flowers for production, especially lavender and rose. I’d love to learn from Felicia!

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  95. Mary on

    Upon retirement, I’m now a everyday gardener! The love of roses has been been bred in me through my mother, my grandmother and passed down stories of the generations before them! I am excited to read Felicia’s book to gain further knowledge of growing roses. I struggle with some pests and hot, humid summer weather. Even though there are struggles, the rose is one of my favorite flowers and my garden will never be without them! Each bud/flower is worth all the effort!

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  96. Diane Wellman on

    Weekend Warrior and rose lover. After starting my recent journey to a healthier lifestyle I started a new hobby of gardening and fell in love with plants. I have always loved roses and living in South Texas I thought it would be impossible to grow and cultivate a rose garden due to the hot and dry climate. I’m committed to learning more about roses and looking forward to the upcoming growing season and success in South Texas.

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  97. Stephanie Bancroft on

    I’m somewhere between a weekend warrior and an everyday gardener in upstate New York. Gardening has always been a tremendous source of joy for me-some of my happiest early memories are of tottling along with my great grandfather in his beautiful garden, and the thrill I had of being granted the back corner of my mother’s garden as a child to make my own. I used to work seasonally at a friend’s fruit and flower farm so I have tremendous respect for all of the time, thought, hard work, and loving care you put into the land and your crops. I have always loved roses, and I have several old varieties I’ve lovingly transplanted from other gardens and nursed to relative health, though my Munstead Wood rose is my pride and joy. Due to health issues I am not able to get outside every day as I’d like to, so I’m particularly keen to learn more about irrigation and pest control techniques, as well as tips for pruning rambler and old climbing roses. I consider gardening vital for my mental and physical well-being and it’s been the best medicine over the years for the switchback curves and hurdles life has thrown. Thank you for sharing such a treasure trove of knowledge with us, Felicia! I look forward to digging into your book on the days I can’t make it outside and putting what I learn to good use when I can (and hopefully being lucky enough to plant three of your spectacular roses in my new border I’ve got planned!!).

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  98. Katie Stutler on

    Everyday gardener…aspiring rosarian. I’ve got the rose bug! Once you start growing some of these, it just gets into your system. Disease issues (growing in a hot and humid climate) is what I’m interested in learning!

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  99. Leslie on

    I’m a flower obsessed weekend warrior, sometime early morning gardener. My main problem is that I don’t have enough space to plant all the flowers I want, nor the irrigation in place. I dream of retiring to be a micro flower farmer, but it’s rather hard in Colorado with the wild temperature swings and dry weather. I’ve tried growing roses and didn’t have success. I felt they needed more TLC than I could give at the time. Now, I’m wondering where I can squeeze in bushes and how i’d get water to them. I would use them for both landscaping and cutting. Thank you for this post, it’s a wonderful read.

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  100. Alice H Siebecker on

    I live in Zone 4 in the Rocky Mountains and end up growing mostly Canadian Roses for their hardiness. I am a daily gardener who loves her Bill Reid Roses. My biggest stumbling block with roses is the zone that I live in along with elevation. I would love to find a cutting rose that I could grow here.

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  101. Rebecca on

    I am a weekend gardener. I would love to learn about growing cut roses in the South. I want this book!

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  102. Rebekah Aliaghai on

    I’m a weekend warrior it aspiring to be an everyday gardner at our new house. I connected to Felicia’s story about being drawn to her family flower garden. One of my most treasured memories is walking around my mom’s flower garden as a child. I hope to recreate those memories for my own children.

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  103. Noor on

    I’m an everyday gardener in beautiful Northern California. I’ve loved flowers ever since I can walk but now finally have the space, time, and money to start my own rose garden! I’m hoping to learn everything I can about proper pruning, disease prevention, rose health, and everything in between

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  104. Mary Dondlinger on

    I am an everyday gardener and have been growing David Austin and old roses for 20 years. I would love to read about the evaluation process that Felicia uses when trialing roses. I would also love to read about the varieties that she thinks are the best for a cut flower business. I believe experience is a great teacher and would love to hear more about what her experience has taught her.

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  105. Kim on

    I’m an everyday gardener here on the southern coast of California. I have roses of all ages and types, some that bloom beautifully like the 4 of July rose, which is so beautiful growing over my white arbor, and some that seem to sputter along and never thrive. I would love to glean from your years of wisdom.

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  106. Alexandra M on

    Currently, I’d consider myself a Weekend Warrior. I am interested in reading Felicia’s book for several reasons. I’d like to know more about the “rose hell” she describes. I had never considered in detail the importance of trialing or the specifications you need to consider in order to grow and sell healthy, quality roses until I read that part of the interview, to be honest. The observational stage sounds so fun! I’m interested to hear what Felicia has to say about pest control, disease control, heat tolerance, and bloom cycle timing. The world of rose-growing is so new to me. As a beginner, it can be intimidating and it seems that every problem or question I seek to answer, brings about another question or problem to solve. I hope that Felicia’s knowledge and experience could help guide, equip, and inspire me to take the next step of becoming an Everyday Gardener, and eventually a full-fledged Rosarian.

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  107. Emily on

    I am an everyday garden who just started my flower farm last summer. We just moved to the foothills of Colorado and I would love to learn more about cool weather stunners and what varieties will do best at 8600 feet above sea level!

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  108. Leena on

    I am a weekend warrior who wants to jump right into being a rosarian. This year, my sister and I are moving from growing roses in our backyard garden to growing our very first field of roses on my parents farm. We aspire to be like you, Felicia! We hope to be able to share roses with brides in the Central San Joaquin Valley one day.

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  109. Merry B on

    I’m on the cusp between Everyday Gardener and Aspiring Rosarian. As a second year flower farmer, I’m so interested in adding roses to use as cut flowers. What an inspiring interview; so adventurous and brave, Felicia! Very much looking forward to receiving your new book in March! Thank you for sharing your story with us…

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  110. Erin on

    Currently I would classify myself as a weekend warrior but am aspiring to be an everyday gardener. With young children at home it limits my time but I love involving them in the process! I’m trying to transform my gardens with flowers that I love and roses would definitely be on that list. I need help with the basics! I want to make sure my roses are successful and that I don’t mess up these beautiful flowers with my amateur knowledge.

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  111. Kim C on

    I’m an Everyday Gardener and just getting into growing roses. I’d love to learn more about growing them for cut flowers so they can be an eye-catching part of my flower stand. I think customers would absolutely love getting gorgeous roses that are locally grown.

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  112. Ann on

    I’m an everyday gardener who loves roses and have had mediocre success with them in the past. I have not been able to conquer the dreadful duo – aphids and blackspot! I would love to try again, with your help. Thank you so much for making the world more beautiful.

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  113. katherine patrick on

    I’m probably in the everyday gardener category. I have just started with a few roses but have an extensive collection of shrubs, grasses and perennials. I’d love to know more about roses so I can incorporate more into the garden

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  114. Sara T on

    Weekend Warrior here! With hopes of growing into a dedicated Everyday Gardener. As a beginner in the flower farming world, I’m soaking up as much knowledge as I can from the experts. I know Felicia’s book will fit right into the expert category and be a beautiful guidebook to all things roses. Thanks for sharing her story. Her meandering path in life is so relatable to so many of us who are still meandering ourselves!

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  115. Shari Howard on

    I am an old everyday gardener. I have loved roses for a very long time and now have the time to spend enjoying them. A recent new neighbor moved in and told me she was going to dig up and throw away the roses in her yard. Eeks! I told her I would be glad to come over and dig them up and take them off her hands for her. I now have 8 new roses in pots waiting for a permanent place in my garden. Thank you for sharing your story. I love to hear how people get to where they are in their lives. Unexpected circumstances that move us in a certain direction.

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  116. Maria Rivera on

    Weekend warrior, love that, so me, lol! started my garden with heat hardy and drought tolerant plants; so lots of cacti, airplants and the likes. But since last year have started incorporating flowers and the two iceberg roses were my favorite and want to incorporate more, so I ordered some bare root roses buddies for them 😄

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  117. Amber Horst on

    An everyday gardener here! A couple of years ago I moved to southeastern Washington where it’s hot and dry. I’ve had good success with growing cut flowers and after reading about Felicia on Floret I’m really excited to start growing my own roses. I can’t wait to read Felicia’s book so I can learn how to grow and take care of roses!

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  118. Riana Moore on

    I would say I am an everyday gardener…I spent almost a decade helping to grow one of our local community gardens, and then after a move I have spent the last couple of years cramming as many flowers into my yard as I can. Dahlias, Sweet Peas, Zinnias, Lilacs, Irises, Lilies, Gladiolas, I love them all!
    I have shied away from roses in the past because we have a cooler coastal climate, and I’ve heard they can be a bit tricky to grow here; although last year I was gifted a couple of sad, neglected rose plants. I’m excited to read Felicia’s book to learn more about roses and how to really help them thrive, and turn my sad little plants around!

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  119. Dinah on

    I am currently a Weekend Warrior, but hoping to become an Everyday Gardner. We are building our dream home on 3 country acres, with a move in date at the end of May, but we are already working the land to begin my dream of growing vegetables and cut flowers. Even though I have always been a city girl, I believe I can learn how to garden and hopefully teach my grandchildren also. They love spending time outside and I am looking forward to making lifelong memories with them.

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  120. Andrea Miller on

    Definitely a Weekend Warrior. I’m looking forward to be inspired how to incorporate more roses into my landscape and hoe to properly prune y rambling roses (or maybe not prune?). Thank you and wishing you all a wonderful year of flowers!

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  121. Stephanie on

    Weekend warrior, here. I’m not an experienced rose grower at all but I’ve ordered several bare roots to plant this year. I am determined to learn and have bouquets for friends and family as well as for myself. My biggest challenge is trying to fit roses into my backyard—i.e. best places to put them, how far to space them, and how to set up a watering system. I’m hoping to learn these things from Felicia’s book

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  122. Devon on

    I suppose I would categorize myself as an everyday gardener. I am instilling the importance (trying to, at least) of growing, preparing and storing food for winter to my three little children. Along the way we are enjoying the beauty of a cut flower garden. Roses seem like a natural fit into the mix. Crown Princess Margareta looks like color my kids would really enjoy! Playful and soft. Maybe Distant Drums for myself! :)
    I have avoided roses because of the reputation they carry of being fussy or high maintenance. After these posts, I am ready to give them a try! I am hoping for a “how to” in Felicia’s book, as well as fixes when things “go wrong”.
    Thank you for amazing resources!

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  123. Shelley Robillard on

    I’ve never actually grown roses. I’ve always been too intimidated because they seem complicated. However, my grandmother, Grandma June, was a rose society member and had the most lovely curated garden and a basement full of things to arrange flowers. I loved to wander through the paths of her formal rose garden with all the varieties carefully labeled. As I dabble more and more with all kinds of flowers, I find myself longing to try roses, but they still scare me a little.

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  124. Heather on

    So excited! Thank you for sharing another kindred spirit with us. I would consider myself (and my husband) somewhere in between The Everyday Gardener and The Aspiring Rosarian. We are cramming as many flowers into our 1 acre as we can! When we aren’t working our “day jobs,” we are consumed by our flower-lust. I have pre-ordered the book as a birthday present to myself (on Amazon) and can’t wait for March! OXO

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  125. Amanda Beatty on

    Gardening is something that I lost touch with as I became busy with the hustle and bustle of raising 3 children. I grew up in rural East Texas and helped my parents and grandparents in their vegetable and flower gardens growing up. Several years ago, my oldest was doing a school project and missed a question about potatoes…she said they grew on trees (LOL!) I knew right then and there that I had done a disservice to my children and that reignited my passion for gardening. Fast forward a few years, and I would consider myself an everyday gardener. I love all flowers, but roses evoke memories of being with my grandmother in her garden as a child. My biggest issue is knowing when to prune and how much. The last few years my roses have looked almost “anemic” when they should be full and beautiful. I’m excited to read this book and be a better rose parent! Thank you so much for sharing your story!

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  126. Carolina Santos on

    I have been growing roses for two decades as a weekend gardener. For the past three years, I have been growing wonders as an aspiring rosarian with over 500 roses shrubs/climbers. Thank you for writing a book that will delight many hearts…. I am looking forward to dive into its pages by Spring….

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  127. Barbara Slegers-Hudson on

    May I say I’m all three? I’ve grown roses in the past with varying degrees of success and hoping to have more luck as we reimagine this new property we have moved to. Flowers, flowering shrubs, and more flowers is the dream! In the meanwhile I toil away at a community garden growing food for the food insecure in our county here in Indiana as well as herbs and edible flowers. We are also looking for ways to light up people’s eyes when the come upon this urban garden. I”m looking forward to getting my hands on this new book of Felicia’s.

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  128. Romane on

    I’m an everyday gardener and about to grow my first roses this year! Creating a little rose garden so I would love to learn about managing pest and diseases in an organic way. The Menagerie farm looks so dreamy!! Can’t wait to see more of it in the book.

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  129. Julie Hardcastle on

    This is exciting! Thank you for sharing and inspiring us. I am a Weekend Warrior because every rose I plant dies within two to three years and I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong. I’m hoping this new resource will help me and I can move up through the ranks to Everyday Gardener and then to Aspiring Rosarian.

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  130. Elizabeth Betlejewski on

    I love gardening, but due to work constraints, cram most of my garden time in over the weekends. I started adding David Austin Roses to my garden over the past two years. I want to use them to provide some loose framework in my garden beds but also as decorative accents over fencing or pergolas. I struggle with Japanese Beetle pressure on the East Coast. The roses still bounce back in September with a second flush after the beetle season has passed. I’m always looking for roses that can withstand weather extremes (cold, snowy winters, hot humid summers, and flooding rain storms) as these tend to be some of our weather patterns as the season changes. I feel like I am still a novice at rose growing and pest management without the use of chemicals. I am starting a Master Gardener program through the University of Maryland this spring, so I should gain some more disease and pest management knowledge through this program. This book would definitely be a great addition to my growing gardening library!

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  131. Liz on

    Thank you for this fabulous interview! I’m definitely an Aspiring Rosarian here on the Big Island of Hawaii. I’m currently in the online Menagerie Academy (which I highly recommend) which has given me so much knowledge, confidence and direction in planning my rose farm. I really hope to attend one of her workshops and meet her in person to be able to Thank her for sharing so much!

    The largest rose farm we had on our island went out of business quite some time ago (hard to keep up with costs when roses are being shipped in and sold so cheaply) and I would like to increase garden rose cut flower production here on our island again. Also there is still much education to be done on why it’s important to buy locally sourced flowers and with our island continuing to grow there is a huge need for more locally grown cut garden roses. You just can’t beat their beauty, fragrance and colors.

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  132. Keha on

    So inspiring! Thank you for sharing this interview and I’m really looking forward to this book!

    I’m a small flower farmer headed for Aspiring Rosarian. In our region of Montana there are some incredible gardeners and their gardens. Before we moved here, I never would have expected such a dedicated and passionate group of growers. Many of them are over sixty and have been cultivating their gardens for decades! All that experience and knowledge! Though there are a number of young farmers in Bozeman and Missoula, our central area could use more. I’d love to share my farm as a space for these super experienced growers to share their knowledge with kids. It would be really exciting to learn more about rose propagation and facilitate a propagation workshop. Maybe the kids could pick their favorite roses and learn to propagate them. It’s just a dream right now, but I think it could be really fun to dedicate a portion of this little farm to a community rose garden with roses from the many rich gardens here, propagated by the kids at the elementary and high school, and available for all to enjoy.

    Thank you again for sharing your experience! I’m sure you’ve inspired many exciting projects through sharing your passion!

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  133. Amber Haines on

    These post about roses have awakened something in me, and it’s really exciting. Why had I not planned for roses before now? I want to learn it all from this book. What a treasure.

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  134. Lena on

    I inherited a couple of rose bushes from a family member. The deer have eaten them to the stems. They survived and I even managed to propagate two kinds. I do this because I just never can through strong full of life stems away. I put them in the soil and they grow. I just do that.

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  135. Ruby Chavez on

    Hi! I’m an Everyday Gardener and leaning slightly toward Aspiring Rosarian! ( hopefully a Rosarian after reading the book🤞🏼😆 ??) Well, my knowledge is VERY basic, so I’m hoping to learn to everything from caring, treating, pruning, and everything in between. Maybe in the future I’d like to help bring more rose colors to SoCal than just a basic 🌹 we see on every corner!

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  136. Johanna Speizer on

    I am an every day gardener and roses grow superbly in my climate so I would just love to learn more about general rose care. My great grandmother’s roses are the first ones I can remember. My mother loves to grow roses. I want to grow in my knowledge and pass on the tradition to my daughters.

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  137. Michelle Marks on

    I am a weekend warrior of sorts. I was raised on a dairy farm and my mom had a huge garden that we all helped with but her flowers were few. She didn’t have much luck with roses and I hope to change that as I venture forward with my own garden!

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  138. Heidi B on

    I am a weekend warrior in the winter and an everyday gardener in the summer. I have ordered roses from a few local farms here in WA and can’t wait to read your books so I can learn everything I need to help my roses thrive. I grew up in my grandmother’s gardens and flower beds and am excited to be establishing my own in the coming years.

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  139. Anne R. Phernetton on

    What a great story, Felicia! Makes me want to take a trip to California and come visit your nursery and farm, from cold and snowy Minnesota. I have been gardening for my own enjoyment for about 40 years. I generally have good success with most things, but frankly roses have been more difficult for me. I would consider myself an Everyday Gardener and would truly enjoy a copy of your book. I’m currently working on a re-design of my largest perennial bed and would LOVE to incorporate some new rose varieties from your nursery!

    Best of luck with your book launch. I’m sure it will be a HUGE success for you. Thanks, Erin, for sharing Felicia’s wonderful story with all of your readers!

    Anne

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  140. Tori on

    I am a Weekend Warrior at the moment, learning little by little and bit by bit as I experiment, but I would love to farm full time one day! I have big dreams to turn a piece of land into a garden paradise. But the challenge I am facing now is figuring out how to keep gardening while constantly moving. I’d love to finally put the money down to purchase the white climbing rose I’ve had my eye on for a while, but I am so nervous about trying to keep it thriving in a pot until it can become permanent. I can’t wait to see what advice and guidance Felicia’s book can offer to give me the confidence to try!

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  141. Ashley P on

    I only began my gardening journey last winter – I learned quickly what I wanted to do wasn’t going to fit with a Weekend Warrior, but I’ve so much left to learn! I’ve steadily grown my beloved gardening library of beautiful books, but I haven’t found a rose-specific book to love yet. It’s one of my most coveted (hopefully future) flowers to add to the garden but there’s so much mystery! This book sounds absolutely perfect!

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  142. Danielle on

    Gardening is a passion that grows stronger in me each season. I would say I am a weekend warrior gardener but, I aspire to have beautiful gardens like my mother always had while I was growing up. I live in North Carolina and I have tried several different varieties of roses that speak to me because of the color, shape or fragrance. The biggest problem I have is with Japanese beetles. I try for an organic garden so I’m out there everyday picking the beetles off of my roses. I would love some tips to control them better and also companion planting to enhance the beauty of my garden. I look forward to reading your book and gaining knowledge to better care for my garden. Thank you for sharing your expertise!

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  143. Janet Vainikka on

    Hello hello, fellow flower friends!! I am an aspiring rosarian!
    I am planning to bring flowers to my small rural community this spring at the farmers market. I have lots and lots to learn.
    I am hoping to learn how to grow roses successfully, from Felicia’s new book. I would also like to learn more about operating a flower farm. I live in the Midwest where we all treasure our story growing season.
    Thanks so much for all the wisdom you share at floret, Erin!!

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  144. Kimberly Singel on

    I am an everyday gardener in our suburban microfarm in zone 8a in North Texas. I was the child that had the chore to weed & tend to the garden and now in my mid 50s Im still investigating the magic of growing. There is so much to learn! Ive been meandering my way through cut flower farming & its saved my sanity through the pandemic.

    Ive lived in the Northeast, Southeast & now TX for the past 15 years & despite its long, hot season, it is the most challenging to grow in. Ive always had some sort of roses to care for but the rose that captures my heart the most are fragrant, often heirloom roses with lots of velvety petals. Ive had success getting roses through the hot TX climate even adding beach umbrellas to save them from the sun before I knew about shade cloth!

    However I would be so grateful to learn how to best fertilize & water roses when its so hot, hot, hot! Always afraid of burning the roots or watering away too many nutrients to keep the roses cool during the hottest months of summer.
    Much success to you & your new book which I would devour & be grateful to add to my flower book resources. Happy growing!💐

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  145. Jennifer P. Cheng on

    Hi, i’m jennifer and i’m an aspiring rosarian. My mom loved growing roses in her backyard and i moved to an apartment with roses planted to the ground by previous tenant’s mom. So rose feels like a guardian angel to me. I hope to learn how to grow roses at home, preferably in containers since i don’t have space to plant into the ground. I have no previous experience in growing roses, only had experience growing herbs and plants for food, but i’d love to bring roses more into my dinner table and home rituals. Thank you for generously offering your knowledge with us.

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  146. Nicola Smith on

    I am a garden enthusiast all self-taught, though my Great Grandmother in England and my Grandmother in Tanzania were great enthusiasts, but those climates are both completely different from each other, and then different again to Minnesota, Twin Cities, where I moved 36 years ago and there were hardly any unusual plants that survived winter then, in Mn! When my first child was born I stayed at home to look after my children after that, and there it started. I have a very large perennial garden, lots of pollinators and “Flower Flies”. It was my hobby until my children went off to University, and then I worked for a gardener one season and from there started my own business, mainly maintenance, throughout March – November every summer, but also plant and design a little. I LOVE being out in my own garden at weekends, even when I have been tending to the 30 customers’ gardens, I tend every 3 weeks throughout the season, sometimes 10.5 hour days in their gardens! I love roses but I dont like to use chemicals! Japanese beetles are often a problem!

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  147. Zoe D on

    I am a gardener aspiring to be a rosarian. I was inspired years ago by the garden and talents of my friend Dennis, who first introduced me to the new dawn rose that grows on and over my porch. I followed him as he visited cemeteries and old homesteads, looking for heirloom varieties and taking cuttings (with permission of course) to save and share some of these treasures. I love the climbers and gallicas in my collection sourced from him and have recently purchased some varieties for cutting. I was happy to see Carding Mill on Felicia’s list, as I added it to my garden last year and was so pleased with its prolific blooms. I am so looking forward to book to increase my overall knowledge and skill in propagating.

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  148. Amy Shearer on

    I am an Everyday Gardener aspiring to be a rosarian with her own Cut Flower Farm. Thank you for these dreamy pictures on a 9 degree morning in Chicago. :) Reminders of spring are always the best medicine for freezing hands and hearts!

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  149. Tara Riggs on

    I am a aspiring rosarian! I didn’t believe I could successfully grow roses for my work. Recently, I have become obsessed and feel I simply must try! On my micro flower farm near Cape Cod I sell subscriptions, wedding & events, and occasionally to wholesale. None of the books on roses I have referenced so far have quite the right information for my needs, I believe this book is the answer!

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  150. Amy Pilgrim on

    I would put myself in the “aspiring-to-be-a-weekend-warrior” category! I grew up in north Florida watching my mother putter around for 20+ years in her small rose garden — about 25 bushes — and always enjoyed taking roses to my favorite teachers, friends, and anyone who asked for a stem or two. Mom passed away almost 3 years ago, and we uprooted her rose garden because no one was there to keep it up. I recently moved in with my dad (who is now 90), and am desiring to start a cutting garden in the back yard. I’m definitely looking forward to March and will be starting seeds next month — my Floret seed order arrived yesterday! A few rose bushes to add to the mix would be a nice touch, and a lovely reminder of my mom.

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  151. Alma Hamblin on

    Starting a flower farm here is eastern KY and am planning on adding many varieties to our farm.
    Looking forward to the book and the inspiration. Roses say to me, go ahead and dream! Thank you for sharing your love and knowledge!

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  152. Casey Adamson on

    As for gardening in general Id say I’m an everyday gardener but I just started looking into roses last spring learning about the David Austin breeds. Unfortunately when it came to ordering from them they were all sold out and I had made of list of what I wanted once they restocked… not taking into account that I could probably find roses else where. Oops. Either way this will be my first year planting and I could use all the help there is to offer in this book. I’m a sucker for the journey of how one comes to love gardening and a sponge when it comes to learning as much as I can. Can’t wait to dive into this adventure.

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  153. Trinity Rinear on

    I am definitely a weekend warrior but I dream of having a secret garden style oasis to run to which is also productive. So, while I so enjoyed the rambler and climber series of roses discussed earlier in this rose series, I am excited to learn more from Felicia about cut flower rose growing, on a small scale.

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  154. Aimee McAuley on

    Weekend warrior aspiring to Everyday gardener, I can’t wait to read and learn from an expert, the world needs more roses!

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  155. Bethany on

    I would probably fall under the category of Weekend Warrior. Growing up, my grandmother had a big, fragrant yellow rose bush that I fell in love with and I am hoping to learn how to have some in my yard in a very humid environment with heavy clay soil.

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  156. Lori on

    I am a weekend warrior who inherited a small 40 year old rose garden when we purchased our house last year during the pandemic. I am fairly new to this climate (Southern California) and very new to caring for neglected, strong, established roses! I am so very excited to learn how to properly care for these beautiful gems that I call mine, I can’t wait for the book to come out!

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  157. Cassandra on

    Hello, I am a weekend warrior with roses, everyday with flowers. My biggest concern and what I’d like to learn is how to keep roses from all the pests and infections that can plague them in a wet climate (willamette valley, Oregon).

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  158. Hanna Mosca on

    I am an everyday gardener. I manage a small urban veggie farm, but have never grown roses. I am so excited to get started. We recently bought a house and I can’t wait to plant my favorite. I love that the book has info for beginners like me, but will stay relevant as I grow & learn more! Can’t wait to learn more about year round care. We have terrible deer problems in our yard, but I am confident I can come up with a plan to plant at least a few :)

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  159. Michele on

    I am a weekend warrior with a new garden to explore as we just moved into a new 6 acre property. The first year we sat back and watched what grew and loved the endless hostas, flowering trees, and bulbs that sprung up around the property. This spring it’s time to get the hands in the dirt and add my touches and reshape old beds that have become over grown or barren. I literally can not wait till spring time this year, and her rose book will be perfect for guiding me and learning what will work in this new zone and climate we live in.

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  160. Lucero on

    I would definitely consider myself a weekend warrior to one day bloom into an aspiring rosarían. My biggest struggle is loving flowers and roses so much but having no experience & doubting I could be successful at growing them. I would love to gain confidence and inspiration.

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  161. Eugenie Chappo-Hudson on

    Growing Gardener. I grew up surrounded by plants and flowers. My parents own their own landscape and design business and for about a decade also had a small nursery. Growing up there was a beautiful antique rose garden walking distance from our house. I have vivid memories of walking through the paths and just being in awe of all the gorgeous roses. I started a vegetable garden 3 years ago and have continued to add flowers to make my garden a beautiful space for pollinators and people to enjoy. I am wanting to expand into more cut flowers and roses because I love arranging flowers. I’m thrilled to get Felicia’s book to create a magical and thriving rose and flower garden that I can share with the community.

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  162. Jeimy Polz on

    Hi! I want to start by saying that I thought I had given up on ever having roses in my garden again. Until reading this post and being able to learn from Felicia’s journey with roses.
    I had two rose bushes 2 years ago the variety was “Maurice Utrillo” Hybrid tea rose. They produced the most fragrant and decent size flower. The color was what attracted me in the first place to try to bring them in my garden. That first year I had an issue with aphids. I was able to treat with some neem oil responsibly. I really enjoyed walking pass and getting that beautiful scent as I walked by each day.
    When fall came I didn’t prune it. I somehow thought I could prune in really early at spring time. Not sure if this is where I made the mistake. And unfortunately I killed both of them after pruning them. I don’t know if the cold nights shocked them. I felt like a total failure. I have been inspired by Felicia as a gardener to not give up and she has the most amazing collection of roses!. I still have A LOT to learn about roses and it will make me very happy to win this giveaway but If I don’t I am still getting her book and will try again to bring roses into my garden. I really miss having roses in my garden.

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  163. Stefanie Hartman on

    My daughter and I are beginning gardeners to flower gardening beyond our basic landscaping. We have some lovely plans for so many more flowers for a cut flower garden kitchen garden and many roses

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  164. April on

    I’m an aspiring weekend warrior! I have no experience with roses. I just ordered a couple of bushes and look forward to learning anything and everything I can!

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  165. Marla Caldwell on

    Avid Gardener and aspiring to be a rosarian. I have had at least 1 or more roses in my garden since the time I first married my farmer and moved to the country. I have kicked myself over and over thru the years for tearing out the old yellow rambler when we moved to his great grandparents homestead. I have never been able to find one to replace it since then. His grandmother gave me a start of her “ seven sisters” rose saying it needed to come back home. She had gotten her start from it when she got married. Insect pressure and disease all play hard in my Midwest garden and I decided this year is the one to try and seriously tackle them. This book will certainly help set me on a path to growing and experiencing all that a rose can be.

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  166. Julie Pramuk on

    I am a life long ‘every day gardener’.I became familiar with Floret farm from a fellow Master Gardener. We were giving a workshop to the public on harvesting plants and flowers from our home gardens for creating flower arrangements. To be able to include roses in our presentations is always a thrill. Our Master Gardener program in Napa, California has partnered with the city to maintain a Rose garden in Fuller Park in Napa. So I look forward to learning and sharing best practices for growing and maintaining a healthy rose garden in our park and in our Las Flores community garden.

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  167. Gayle Hines on

    I am a principal of a Middle School, life-long learner and an aspiring flower farmer! Since my husband and I purchased our farm a few years ago, I have dreamed of adding a field of roses. I am excited to learn everything I can about roses and pre-ordered Growing Wonder from the Menagerie Farm and Flower website.

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  168. Kelly Kays on

    Weekend warrior here with the desire to be an everyday gardener. Roses have always felt very intimidating and I’ve yet to make an attempt. I’m definitely a read and research first before diving in kind of gal and would love to learn from such an experienced rose grower!

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  169. Amy on

    Weekend Warrior!!! Loved this blog post, I would love to learn about watering roses in a high heat environment and maybe be a little more water friendly!

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  170. Beth Amos on

    I am excited to read more about roses and Felicia’s journey. I am definitely a weekend warrior at this point but looking forward to more days in the garden. Planning and selection of plants are struggles. My biggest is if I kill one I feel like I’ve failed. Well, technically I did for that one plant. 😭

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  171. Michelle Regan on

    I am an aspiring rosarian. My biggest struggle is that I try to cram in as many rose plants as I can..I dint have a lot of property– just a small city lot. I’m constantly on the verge of overcrowding. I need help with either how to feed/water to make up for the crowding or encouragement to pare down my collection to a more reasonable (for the space) size.

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  172. Laurie Gonzales on

    I am an everyday gardener hoping to find more land to pursue one of my passions, growing roses. I really enjoyed this article and can’t wait for the book. My biggest problem with gardening currently is the 70 ft fir trees that surround our property. I am hoping to learn more about roses that will tolerate some shade.

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  173. Sarah on

    Aspiring Rosarian – well at least I once was taking care of an events garden space. Now more of a Weekend Warrior in my own garden! Would love tips on growing roses in heavy clay with very long hot summers and how to deal with rose weevils without chemicals.

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  174. Michelle Gagne on

    I am a weekend warrior! With two small kiddos and two jobs I treasure my moments in the garden. I currently have three rose bushes to tend-2 from my grandma’s garden and one from my mom. Those rose bushes are beautiful and sentimental all at the same time. It brings me joy to care for them, but I would love to learn more about how to help them flourish!

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  175. Yulia Z on

    I’m a Weekend Warrior, love my small garden with roses but struggle with pest control, would love to learn something new!

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  176. Paula M DeCristofaro on

    I am a weekend warrior but I am about to retire and plan to become and everyday gardener. I care for a fenced-in garden area in a public park in North Oakland, CA. Maintaining the park garden is a joy and I regard it as a public service too. It is a pleasure to chat with neighbors and watch the kids at play nearby. The park soil is very heavy clay, and roses that are planted there, even in well amended soil, tend to die off after a few years as the amended soil reverts back to heavy clay. How can I expand the rose area of the garden and keep the roses healthy and thriving? I would welcome tips and strategies to keep the roses alive and well in the heavy clay environment.

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  177. Shannon Wootan on

    Great interview!! I’m definitely a weekend warrior but it has always been by dream to have a rose garden. I hope to learn more about disease and pest control with this new book. It sounds wonderful!

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  178. Ann on

    As a mama, I’m a Weekend Warrior for sure, but I’d love to become an Everyday Gardener in a few years! I hope to learn more about pruning, diseases, and how to determine the right site for roses.

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  179. Terry Walkenhorst on

    I loved this interview. I would call myself an everyday gardener trying to grow roses in humid Missouri. I would love to have beautiful roses. Last year I planted my first David Austin roses and am hoping to see them really start to grow this next year. This book would surely help! God’s blessings for great success!

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  180. Joan F. on

    I’m so excited about this new book!!! Can’t wait until it arrives. I am between a Weekend Warrior and an Everyday Gardener depending on what’s going on with my three young girls. I have never grown roses before but hope to soon. This book will be invaluable to my learning.

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  181. Holly Callan on

    I am a everyday gardener and have a lifetime love of roses! I always learn something from Felicia’s Farm Friday’s on Instagram and am sure I will learn even more from her book!

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  182. Nina M. on

    Thank you for sharing your favorite varieties! I am so excited to try roses that thrive in California climate! Definitely getting your book to gain more knowledge and help my experience. I am a “Weekend Warrior” with two small kids in zone 9B. I have few roses from local nursery I planted the first year we moved to our house. Last year, I planted a couple of David Austin’s roses based on their site reviews. This year I am expanding my cut flower garden and so happy I read this article to the end to get inspired and make decision on varieties to plant this year. Wishing everyone safe and joyful gardening year!

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  183. KJ Gillanders on

    I would say every day gardener with aspirations of being a rosarian. I can never remember when and how far to prune the rose bushes. Also controlling pests, I have one poor rose that every year has some issue with its leaves. We have tried all sorts of things and it still happens, it is one hardy little rose though.

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  184. Jennifer Saunders on

    I am an everyday gardener. Whenever I am frustrated, my husband tells me to go dig in the dirt. Planting, pruning, weeding, I love to be outside in my gardens! I would like to learn more about feeding and pruning my roses. I have several roses growing up arbors and would love to add more roses to my gardens.

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  185. Shelley Russell on

    I’m an Everyday Gardener. My biggest struggle is learning how to care for these beautiful coveted roses, among all the other cut flowers that I grow. I can’t wait for Felicia’s new book and the wisdom she shares in it.

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  186. Vicki Tayloe on

    I’m an aspiring Rosarian in Phoenix, AZ where our high heat and desert climate presents unique challenges. I am currently growing a deep red wild rose and want to expand my collection. My greatest challenge is our extreme heat and very little rains in the desert.
    I’m hoping to learn practical skills to plant my rose garden and have it flourish in the desert.
    I have loved roses my entire life and would love to have a rose garden to enjoy with my grandkids sharing my grandmother’s love of roses with them.

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  187. Kathleen on

    I would consider myself an Everyday Gardener. I’ve been growing cut flowers for a few years but this is the first year I venture off into roses. I know it’s a completely different ballgame, and I know that this book will answer all the beginner questions I have as a new rose grower.

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  188. Jane on

    I am definitely a Weekend Warrior and would so love to add beauty to our little corner of the world. Your roses are timeless!

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  189. Andréa on

    Would love to learn more about rose care and selection.

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  190. Amy Wilson on

    I’m somewhere between a weekend warrior and an everyday gardener. I started growing roses last year and hope that this second year produces even more roses that I can cut. Roses remind me of my grandmother who grew them in her yard. I hope Growing Wonder will help me keep my roses happy and disease at bay!

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  191. Kristy on

    I am an Everyday Gardener in NC. Hoping to learn more about growing roses in the humidity and heat of the South, as well as how to prune to get the longest stems.

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  192. Shari VanPelt on

    I am a weekend warrior and would love to learn more about growing roses for cut flowers. Thanks so much for the chance to win her new book.

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  193. Karen Utley on

    I am an everyday gardener. I love roses but am intimidated by them. I have 4 Julia Child roses which have done well here in north eastern Colorado. I am so excited about Felicia’s new book.

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  194. Denise A Christensen on

    I am an Everday Gardener who loves roses! I currently have 67 of them (mostly climbers) on my 1/4 acre home lot. My biggest struggle is getting them all pruned before Spring brings all the new growth.

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  195. Sue C on

    I’m an Indiana everyday gardener in the warmer months. Hoping to learn more about organic pest and disease control in roses. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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  196. Shelly on

    I’m an everyday Gardner, with a love of roses. I first learned about roses after purchasing my first home. It came with a 30 x5 foot bed of roses. I was 23 and knew nothing about roses but I kept them alive and thriving in a harsh zone 4 climate. Many years and several homes later I’m looking to add roses to my landscape and hope to learn about different varieties especially ones that will thrive in harsh winter zones.

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  197. Sandy on

    My garden was my sanity in 2020, it was the place I found peace and purpose. I am now retired as of September 2021 and want to expand my garden to include rarer and heirloom roses. I am also signed up to begin the Master Gardener program with WSU and Snohomish County at the end of January. I am so excited to be learning more about plants, gardens, and so much more through the MG program. I would love to get more knowledge on roses and their care from Felicia’s new book. My current issue with the roses in my garden is trying to maintain their health and beauty with only natural and organic substances. I still battle black spot as I do have a lot of plants packed into my garden area and probably don’t have the best airflow for the roses. I would love to know more about companion plants, especially perennials that can be planted with roses.

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  198. Stephanie on

    I’m an everyday gardener that has fallen in love with David Austin roses. We continue to add more roses to our collection, but I would love to learn more about proper fertilization to help the roses continue to put out blooms in Alabama heat. We also struggle with Japanese Beetles and would love to know more tips about dealing with pests.

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  199. Terry Acree on

    I am an Everyday Gardner and wishful thinking-aspiring Rosarian in St. Louis, MO. I have three David Austin rose bushes at my home – Heathcliff, Harlow Carr, and The Alnwick Rose. Although they are beautiful, they (and I) have struggled to keep them disease free from year to year. I am eager to learn the secrets of pest control for these beauties! Also, I have been so enthralled by all of the pictures of the fields of roses and towers of climbers in these posts. I am now duly inspired to plant an army of roses on my land in rural Missouri and more at home. I hope to learn the varieties that would be good for the home garden and in the future for commercial production. Let the planting Pilates begin when it gets warm!

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  200. Santy on

    What a beautiful story! I hope I can volunteer at Felicia’s farm some time…
    I am an Aspiring Rosarian. I volunteer at our city’s public rose garden here in RI. My biggest struggle has been fighting blackspot on rose plants (we are not allowed to use chemicals that could harm insects) and bringing rose plants already weakened by disease back to life after the cold New England winter season ends. I am hoping Felicia’s book has some tips on rose care and selecting fragrant varieties that are cold and disease resistant. All the best Felicia and Erin!

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  201. Sheri Ponegalek on

    I would love to graduate from weekend warrior to everyday gardener when it comes to roses. Erin inspired me to put in a cutting garden last year and now I am so excited to add some shrub roses to the mix. So far I have only experimented with miniature roses. Would love to learn more about preventing black spot and keeping insects at bay. I have had to pivot and change careers, but I so miss working with flowers every day at work and being creative. If I plant some roses, I can still have that beauty surround me. Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge with us through your beautiful book!

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  202. ALINA V MCFARLANE on

    Weekend Warrior for sure! The roses I have were already here so I would like to plant some of my own and learn how to care for them.

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  203. Susan Reynolds on

    As I go through my days at work as an Insurance professional and being a part of a team watching over my 94 year old Mother all I think about is my Garden. It is my Love, my Art and my Therapy and something my Mother loved to do. I believe that I am all of the above. Weekend, everyday and aspiring Rosarian. I long to have beautiful roses in my Garden again that are diseased resistant. I am currently reworking my front yard which faces West. Roses?? Yes Please.

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  204. Anna Steinle on

    This is lovely! I am an aspiring rose gardener with 4 roses to my name, all planted last year…and I’m terribly nervous to see if they’ll make it this year. I’m a romantic so the more ruffles and frill, the better.❤️

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  205. Constance Paul on

    I am from Sonoma, California and have a huge property that is in need of roses, specifically heritage roses that can not be overly fertilized. We are in need of understanding more about gardening and harvesting these roses for my daughter’s floral business. I will be the grower and she will be the designer. Sure hope we can learn more from your rose book.

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  206. Whitney on

    Weekend warrior. I recently moved to a new home that has minimal landscaping. I’ve spent the winter pondering and planning. I’m figured out a spot for a climbing rose (a tribute to my Grammy) and room for a few old fashion fragrant roses. The hard/fun part will be picking which ones will make the final cut. What I’m still struggling with is the general care of the roses. My old home came with roses but they never thrived. I tried different things I read online but nothing really helped. I’m hoping Growing Wonder will help me develop a good foundation for caring for these magnificent plants.

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  207. Antje Lemoine on

    I am a weekend warrior when it comes to growing Roses. I have so much to learn from Growing Wonder. I would love to learn about growing roses without the use of heavy chemicals.

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  208. Danielle D'Alessandro on

    I would say I’m somewhere between weekend warrior and everyday gardener. My hope is to make this farm a successful full time business and am extremely captivated by roses. I just ordered my first four David Austin bare roots and I can’t wait to dive in. I would most like to learn about fertilizing roses and pest control.

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  209. Nena C Williams on

    I am happily astounded at all the interest in Roses out there, just from a browsing of the comments on this Blog!!! I joined my local Rose Society (in Missoula, Montana) last year and am so grateful and excited to be learning from all the Rosarians (who are also American Rose Society-accredited judges) who have lifetimes of rose knowledge to impart to us “younger” aspiring Rosarians…I am very worried however, that almost no one is joining these Rose Societies anymore…we are having a very difficult time recruiting new members, and it is slowly dying out….it seems like no one has time for it anymore, or maybe it’s the takeover of social media, I don’t know…I hope and strongly encourage all these fantastic “newbie” Rose lovers out there to get in touch with your local Rose Society and join!!! You will learn SO MUCH from the older Rosarians who are so willing and eager to pass on their knowledge and passion for Roses. They are WONDERFUL people and gardeners, and we all share the love of the Queen of Flowers!!!!!

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  210. Jennifer Kilmer on

    I have transitioned from a weekend warrior to an everyday gardener. I have always loved roses, but have felt unsure about growing them in the damp Pacific Northwest with issues of black spot and fungal diseases. I would love to have a ton of roses if I can keep them healthy without a bunch of chemical spraying. I can’t wait to learn all I can!

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  211. Peter Jones on

    I would definitely fall into weekend warrior that is trying to transition into everyday gardener. I think my biggest learning curve that I hope the book can help with is learning how to match the right roses with my coastal Maine climate. I also can use some help identifying and problem solving soil and disease problems. Also having a beautiful book to curl up and read as the snow is falling outside the window will remind me that the soil will thaw and life will blossom again

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  212. Jessica Klein on

    Hello. Not exactly sure what the everyday warrior definition is, I think that might be me. I’m hoping to learn more about disease and bug prevention. I’ve only had a few roses and don’t live at that location any longer. I attempted to move one, not successful. I’m ordering a few tomorrow from The Menagerie, fingers crossed.

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  213. Bess B on

    Everyday Gardener here :) As a farmer dipping her toes into weddings and events, roses are a natural addition to my business. I struggle with winter protection for them in my climate (Zone 5 with harsh Montana winters). I not only want to keep them alive, but I want them to bulk up and thrive for many years to come.

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  214. Victoria on

    I’ve always tried and tested different plants in my own yard and then into others’. I’m in the Everyday, Advanced archetypes? No hort degree, completely self-taught. Catalogs and books can teach you a lot. The hardest part of growing for market is the marketing, business side of things. You all are both great role models, thanks for taking time to share that side of things as well. Awesome!

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  215. Laurie on

    I live in Ontario, Canada and have always loved gardening. I remember always picking bouquets for my mother when I was very young starting from a handful of dandelions, a bouquet of spring wildflowers from the woods, to a fresh cut bouquet from my parents lush flower beds. Loved how the roses grew in England where my grandparents grew up. So, naturally, and artistically I am working as a florist enjoying everything that nature has to offer. I am also expanding my own gardens with everything beautiful and would love to learn more about roses.
    I am most interested in getting this book.

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  216. Lindsey on

    I’m a semi-expert when it comes to my veggie garden. Flowers are a totally different story. I’m a complete novice. For the last few years I’ve planted perennials around the yard and done nothing else. They thrive through my sheer neglect, as I’ve focused all my effort of the veggies and animals. This year I’m taking the bold step of converting the entire garden to flowers. Which I know nothing about. I’m a quick study and know my way around gardening concepts but I know flowers and roses are a different beast. I’d love to know how I can nurture and prune the roses I have, and ones I’ll have in the future, to keep them healthy and optimal for a cutting garden.

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  217. C on

    Weekend Warrior here! Roseslugs have been the bane of my existence. I’d love to learn more from Felicia’s book! Good luck!

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  218. Breanne P. on

    My ultimate goal is to become an Aspiring Rosarian, but for now I am just a Weekend Warrior. I’d love to learn all that I can about growing roses and incorporate that into my Advanced Floral Arts class. It is my goal to become more self sustainable and grow the majority of cut flowers that we design with in class. With our wholesale prices continuing to increase, it would reduce the costs to our program/students and increase the number of designs students can create and expand the skills they will be able to learn. I want to gain any and all knowledge on growing flowers that I possibly can.

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  219. Amber Pate on

    I am looking forward to this book! I am a flower farmer and grew roses when I was younger at my home in California. Now I would love to add roses to my farm in Colorado. It is a little bit tricky growing them in this climent, but I cannot wait to learn. Thank you both for such a great gift!

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  220. Suzanne on

    Definitely an Aspiring Rosarian! I have grown many different types of roses over the years with varying degrees of success. The climate where I have lived for the past 31 years in Connecticut is very humid in the summer, and we experience wild temperature swings during the year. Sub-zero temps in the winter and 90-degrees for days on end in the summer are all too common. Recently, however, we bought a home on Nantucket, which is a rose-lover’s dream! Ever since then I’ve been plotting and scheming about all the roses I want to grow and trying to figure out how to cram all of them into my new yard! Felicia’s book would offer just the inspiration and source of information I need to make this dream come true!

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  221. Jill on

    I have been struggling to keep my rose bush growing . I have tried so many things I’ve read about to which I’ve had no success. I’m excited about the book and learning from someone who has master the art of growing roses.

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  222. Karen on

    My grandmother, and my mother were both full time gardener/farmers who both inspired me with a love for all things growing, but especially for flowers. Vegetables & fruits feed the body, but flowers feed the soul! After a long hard day farming both these women could be found tending their flower gardens. I learned 3 & 4 syllable names of flowers when I was knee-high to Gramma, who was so proud when I spouted the names at just the right time to her friends! She could grow anything on her southern California farm (where she lived all her life excepting a few short “adventures”), where the soil was always well amended, and the weather nearly perfect. My Mom, however, moved north to western Oregon where her gardening modified. In her rose garden were many from cuttings from friends, rooted under mason jars. While never achieving wealth, she would buy herself at least one rose bush, and peony each year! Her two loves! When I had to move to the high desert of central Oregon, she helped me pot up all the peonies, & all the miniature roses, in our shared garden. Sadly, we soon learned that many roses don’t survive the high desert. Sadly, we lost most! But after 20+ years of trying, we can report…. some roses thrive here! ❤️

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  223. Kathy Ormiston on

    I live in Davis , California on the southern end of the Sacramento Valley. Roses seem to do great here in the spring, but then the flowers just seem to shatter when the days get over 100 degrees. How does Felicia manage the Sacramento Valley heat? How does she keep the David Austin roses from getting 6 feet tall.

    I have a copy of this book on pre-orderd at Amazon.

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  224. Margaret on

    Absolutely wonderful and beautiful interview! I am an everyday gardener that over the past 2 years has taken a nose dive into the cut flower world. I look forward to learning about establishing rose varieties suitable for my climate, and quite honestly, I cannot wait to see all the lovely photos in the book :)

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  225. Martha Bryan on

    I am an “Every Day Gardener” (tiny flower farmer) to maybe “Aspiring Rosarian” someday. I have a tiny flower farm with just a few roses (just four so far!). I would love to understand roses more and be able to add them to my bouquets for my little stand. Roses intimidate me, and the ones I have do not bloom a lot for me yet, so I think I am missing something! I am excited to get Felicia’s book!

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  226. Kelly on

    I am likely considered a weekend warrior when it comes to experience with flower gardening. I have a Roald Dahl David Austin rose that arrived last summer and I love its apricot-orange color. This year I have a Claire Austin on the way because I love monochromatic bouquets. I enjoy adding herbs to my bouquets and something about aromatto basil will always make me think of flowers instead of food.

    Roses remind me of my grandmother and our family farm. Her favorite hymn was “Where the roses never fade”.

    The book would help me learn so much about how to grow roses, prune them, and hopefully have some tips for treating diseases. What an inspiration!

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  227. Tiffie Lee on

    I’m an Aspiring Rosarian! I’ve been reading/watching some of the content from Felicia and am SO excited to buy my first bare root roses from her tomorrow to plant in my garden! My biggest struggle is getting started and I really appreciate how easy it is to follow Felicia’s advice and can’t wait to learn more from her!

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  228. Michelle Jacobs on

    I am an Everyday Gardner although I don’t get to spend as much time as I would like tending to my roses. I love taking care of my roses, I think it fills a void once your children grow up and move away! I love having cut roses in my kitchen every day! I would love to win and would hope to learn more about handling diseases, loved reading your story!

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  229. Laura yang on

    I’m an Aspiring Rosarian. I’d love to learn more about roses and how to grow them.

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  230. Connie Hirschy on

    Some gardening every day during growing season.More blooms and longer stems.

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  231. Alicia Ascencio on

    Thanks for sharing this great blog post! I have followed both Floret and Menageria on instagram for awhile now and find the pictures of all the flowers so peaceful and joyful to look at! I have loved learning more about flowers the past few years but still consider myself a weekend warrior. I wish I had more time to spend in my garden and have been dreaming about the different roses I can plant around my house. I currently only have one rose plant and would love to learn more about how to prune. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience with us all.

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  232. Leora on

    Such a lovely article! I’m currently a weekend warriors with a dream to be a cut flower farmer (learning so much in the Floret workshop to help reach my goals!) I just purchased my first rose plant, the polka! Looking to gain advice how to care for the plant and hopefully purchase more roses! Dreaming of a trellis/arbor filled with climbing roses! :)

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  233. Holly on

    I am a recent retiree and have moved from a very small property to a 5 acre site. Prior to moving, my husband and I put in as many flowering plants as we could given the small amount of space. Many of our plant choices were made to provide privacy since we were so close to our neighbors. During our first summer at our new property we put in 2 raised beds for vegetables. We also put in a small cutting garden. One of my dear friends sent me seeds she had saved to get me started including marigolds, cosmos and zinnias. We also planted 3 Bonica roses to make a country hedge. This year we are expanding our flowers and have a large area planned for roses.
    If I should win the rose package, I will gift one of them to my friend who helped to get me started with my flowers. I would also thoroughly enjoy the rose book, to learn more about caring for roses. I’ve really enjoyed learning from all of your articles and mini courses.

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  234. Dayle Halverson on

    As newlyweds, my husband and I lived on the property of Anne (and Max) Belovich 1997-1998. That year I would come home from teaching, exhausted. Just looking out the window into the rose garden seemed to calm my nerves. I look back and sure wish I would have taken the time to learn from the master rosarian. Teaching, newly married and having a baby absorbed all my time, mental and emotional space. After that year, we moved to Ephrata (Eastern Washington) where we bought a house built in 1940 from the original owner. She had planted roses along the fence and these vintage roses did not disappoint! I loved those roses even though I didn’t know their names. I pride myself in keeping them alive even though I didn’t know what I was doing! Now living in another state, on the other end of parenting with two in college and one just about to graduate high school, I find myself drawn back to the garden. Last summer I planted a vegetable garden as well as a handful of flowers. This was my first attempt in 15 years and it felt like riding a bike and I picked up where I left off. I consider myself an everyday gardener. Last summer I would awake with the sun and head out to my garden in my pajamas and robe just to see who (flowers) were budding or blooming that day. I woke with excitement and longed to be in the garden all day, talking to my flowers and observing their growth. Even when we left on vacation for 10 days, I asked my neighbor to water and give me updates. My hope is that Growing Wonder will fertilize this new excitement and thrill of gardening that has been reawakened in me. I want to learn more about roses, how to nourish them, how to grow and keep them healthy in our Montana climate. I want to learn what I wish I would have learned from Anne Belovich. Approaching my 50th birthday in April, I want this pivot to lead me where I am meant to be; in the garden.

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  235. Barbara Schafka on

    I am more then a weekend gardener and just short of a daily one. I am out among my flowers almost daily. I grew up with a mother who loved roses and passed that love on to me. She proudly showed me how to start roses and was so happy when they grew. I am interested in keeping the roses I have healthy and pest free and would like to see more varieties in my country garden.

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  236. Susanna on

    Flowers have been a passion of mine since childhood, especially roses. In my mind I can see my mother and maternal grandmother walking around and admiring each other’s flowerbeds and commenting and sharing tips. They were especially sentimental with the plants that were passed down through the generations or given by friends. My paternal grandmother was also an avid gardener. I believe it’s in my DNA.

    Some years ago that I commented to my son that my preference would be a plant rather than cut flowers if he ever chose to give me some flowers. He has been sending a rose plant for my birthday from Heirloom roses since then, but I have not had the best success rate with roses. Nutrition in the soil and feeding are my greatest needs. We have plenty of sunshine here in Texas.

    I would be considered the Everyday Gardener and Aspiring Rosarian. A couple years ago we purchased a property with a 1 acre backyard. I have been working to upgrade it into a beautiful, quiet and peaceful atmosphere for us and for those we entertain with lots of plants and especially flowers. The empty lot on the other side of our fence would be a wonderful investment to expand my dreams of floral farming someday. Reading Erin’s rose stories has especially fueled the flames for me.

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  237. Nita Gibbs on

    Before retiring in 2019 , I planted a back wall with white & deep maroon roses that I could see out my window. They were my happy place. I was often told when I cut them back a number of times a year that they would never grow back, that I was doing it all wrong. Each time they returned with more blooms that I loved sharing with my naysayers.
    I have moved into a retirement park and live next to a walking path. I wanted beautiful flowers to share with all the “walkers”. My family gave me 3 rose bushes & I bought 4 more. Neighbors often tell me they walk by just to see them. I’m a transplant from Texas so the yellow roses are front and center.
    The biggest gift from God was having a thick stem grow over 7 feet tall and open with 16 red roses the morning of our 62nd Anniversary! We set outside and shared our gift with everyone as they marveled at their beauty.
    I have even planted some miniature roses from Trader Joes among them and love how many little roses they have produced.
    I think it’s time to really cut them back but I’m so unsure about the right angle or how much and yellow leaves mean what. Love your information, it’s awesome help.
    I love learning more about roses and my hope is to share them with even more blooms. At 83, I want them to be my gift to this final neighborhood.
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  238. LavandulaLady on

    I’m a ‘weekend warrior’ and have no roses in my yard at this point. That will change if I’m one of the winners, obviously. ;-)

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  239. Karl D Dietrich on

    I have loved reading your rose blogs! I used to pick roses from my Great Aunts formal garden for my dates in high school. Now days I’m somewhere between a weekend warrior and an everyday gardener. My wife of nearly 30 years is allergic to almost everything, so flowers in the house are a no go. I have worked for years at improving a flower garden that she can watch from inside the house. My whole front yard is flowers and shrubs. She enjoys seeing the first crocus in the spring, through the final blooms of the hardy hibiscus and the change of color in the leaves come fall. As for my roses I mainly have some climbers espaliered at opposite property lines. There is a 50-year-old Peace rose that I have been able to baby along through the years. I was my mother’s favorite. I am looking forward to starting your seeds this spring with my granddaughters. Thank you for inspiring me to add more colors and variety to my viewing garden.

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  240. Laura Kirste Campbell on

    I’ve gardened all my life but just recently bought my first rose (inspired by Erin’s article about Anne Belovich) so I put myself in the Everyday Gardener category. From Growing Wonder I hope to learn what it takes to become a rosarian. Thank you for another inspiring article!

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  241. Drew Stegeman on

    I would consider myself an Aspiring Rosarian who, due to being a healthcare worker during the week, is also a Weekend Warrior. I already have around a dozen roses growing on my property and in my garden, but I am always thrilled by the opportunity to add more. I would like to learn more about how I could apply both Felicia’s variety selection and general tips and tricks to my current and future garden for the purpose of cutting. My biggest area of struggle is pest and disease management, especially as an organic grower.

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  242. Joanna on

    I’m probably somewhere in between a weekend warrior and everyday gardener. In 2019 my partner and I bought a little house with a littler garden. There are three (what I think are) knockout roses as well as a a bunch of other perennials in that little garden, and I try to stick as many other flowers into the space around those perennials. I would love to learn about pest abatement and learn the best way to help the roses thrive. My biggest issue, not just with the roses has been insect pests. I spent the first two growing seasons picking sawfly larvae off the roses, and this last summer was a booming year for earwigs.

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  243. Christine Hendrick on

    I’m an everyday gardener and have recently been expanding my rose collection. I’d like to learn more about how to better grow my roses for health and cut flowers.

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  244. Monica Guerrant on

    I’d say I’m a weekend warrior turned everyday garden recently when Covid shut everything down, and I ended up at home with the kids full-time! Gardening was my stress relief even more than normal! My mom had a beautiful row of roses growing up, and I just loved those old roses! We recently moved into a house with a blank slate, and I’ve been excited to add garden roses, and looking to where I can add more! I’d love to learn how to best care for them, so they endure for the next generation!

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  245. Linda on

    I love roses, have always been passionate about roses. You ask in Growing Floret, Episode 1, who was it that inspired a love of flowers. My grandmother inspired my love of roses (her name was Rose) and gardening in general. She had gardens all around the yard, front, back and sides. No matter where I lived, I have always had a garden and roses too. I currently have five roses in my backyard garden; they are all doing very well.

    I read through all of your rose story including Felicia’s story too. Thank you for sharing Anne’s story, it was most inspiring. I recently ordered an heirloom rose from the Heirloom Rose website, just waiting its arrival.

    Felicia’s story is incredible. Talk about obstacles along one’s path – wow! Again, another very inspiring story. I would love to read her book.

    If I was younger, I would definitely become a small flower farmer. I love being outdoors and I love gardening. I have two flower gardens in my backyard, one to the left of my greenhouse and one to the right.

    The garden to the left of my greenhouse is a memorial to my son, Kevin. He passed away, very unexpectedly, a little over a year ago. He used to sit on the garden bench out there, played with his dog Yeller. Yeller is our dog now.
    Kevin loved to garden with me. His favorite flower was the sunflower, the really tall ones. However, as much as we tried to grow them tall, the squirrels managed to wreck them.

    Last week we had to make a very difficult decision to put one of our cats down. Tipper was no ordinary cat, he had quite the personality. Tipper loved to hang out in that same garden, he often napped on the garden bench.
    I am making a sign with three pieces of left-over fence post that will say Tipper and Kevin’s garden with sunflowers painted in the background to place there in the garden. I plan to sprinkle some of their ashes in the garden as well.

    The garden to the right of my greenhouse is designated for the Sweet Peas, the Dalia patch, and the cosmos. The rose garden is also on this side. I plan to put a garden bench near this garden too.

    Gardening helps me deal with all the heartache.

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  246. Barbara Struthers on

    Since I’m retired, I guess id call myself an everyday gardener. I didn’t have a lot of time when I was working so my landscaping was focused on easy care. And while I absolutely love roses they quickly fell into a state of disrepair in my yard. Reading Florets blog, ordering the books and seeds, I have a renewed passion to bring flowers to life in my landscaping. I’ve struggled with roses. Living in the Puget Sound area, black spot is a constant issue. Plus bugs. Boy to I have happy bugs. I’m looking forward to reading Growing Wonder and finding better ways to grow roses. It’s never to late to teach and old dog new tricks, right?

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  247. Susan Bowder on

    I’m a just recently retired Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist who now has time to devote to my love of gardening, crafting, and creative home decor for sale using natural and found items in glass cloches and shadowboxes. I learned how to dry flowers and roses from my 94 year old ex-mother in law when I was a young mother. I could use some help with growing roses in Vancouver Washington to fight black spot, etc due to the wet climate. Rose gardens abound in the Pacific Northwest and I know it can be done! I just need your help🙏

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  248. Becky Jarvis on

    Aspiring Rosarian- would love to have a lot of Roses to incorporate in my little cut flower farms, want to grow them all organically without any use of chemicals. I would love to have Felicias new book Growing Wonder to help me through some of the challenges of growing Roses.

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  249. Lindsay on

    My goal is Aspiring Rosarian, but right now I’m more of a weekend warrior. I can’t wait until Felicia’s book comes out! I am looking forward to learning about the best roses that double as climbers and good cut flowers, as well as the best companion plants for roses. My ultimate goal for my garden is to be beautiful, fragrant, and able to supply some cut some flowers while maintaining plenty of blooms to enjoy in the landscape.

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  250. Mary Pennington on

    I have seven & a half acres of rich Iowa soil. My husband & I bought the acreage 32 years ago. I retired during the height of the pandemic. My garden saved me. Was always a weekend warrior when working a demanding job. Fifteen years ago we planted 4 acres in wildflowers. So beautiful now. I’m drawn to roses, have planted more roses in the past 2 years than the previous 32. I’m so impressed with the younger ladies in my area that have developed flower farms, I support them by being a good customer!

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  251. Pam Smedley on

    I’m an everyday gardner, who looks forward to holding Felcia’s book on rainy days or hot afternoons, when I am not out in my garden. I look forward to expanding my knowledge in care of roses, in my backyard, so that I can share bouquets with neighbors and friends.

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  252. Danielle Gibbs on

    I am somewhere between weekend warrior and everyday gardener. I’ve got several expert dahlia growers in my neighborhood and am learning from them. But I have always loved roses. My biggest problem is deer! It’s sad but I think the only solution is putting a fence around my roses. It’s not very pretty but it saves the blooms from midnight snacking. I’d love to figure out a more elegant way to protect them.

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  253. Kathy L. on

    Felicia is someone I admire greatly. How does she juggle so much? I loved hearing more of her rose journey here today — her personal family losses, her extensive research methods, and her willingness to live and grow close to the land. I hope to learn more from her book about growing roses generally and about the seasonal life cycle of roses, ie. when best to prune, when to harvest in our warm climate, and about those pesky aphids that insist on returning year after year to suck at the rose stems. Thanks for today’s feature of a wonderful person and a flower mentor.

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  254. Jenny on

    I’m a weekend warrior that aspires to be an everyday gardener. My husband and I bought a house a couple of years ago. The previous owner, a wonderful 85 year old woman, had curated a stunning flower garden including several roses. While I’ve tried my best to do justice to her hard work, I know that I have a lot of room for improvement – especially on the rose front ;) I’m hoping to learn all I can from Felicia’s book – pruning, fertilizing and disease management to name a few – and would love to add a couple of new roses to the beauty!

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  255. Katie Doherty on

    i guess I’d call myself an everyday gardener who aspires to have more roses. I only have a huge “bush” of a very pretty wild rose I transplanted from a 90 something year old neighbor’s yard. My struggle at the moment is Japanese beetles. I’ve tried nematodes and milky spore —- we’ll see how next year goes.

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  256. Peggy on

    I’m a Weekend Warrior. Roses intimidate me. I’m hoping to have get some “hand-holding” and encouragement + some humor and real world experiences and what to expect from “Growing Wonder”. Plus, I’d love to be able to grow and share florist-worthy rose buds/blooms!

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  257. Rebecca K Vannette on

    Definitely a weekend warrior as I work full-time off-farm, but this coming year my husband and I will be moving onto 23-acres and are looking to get into cut-flower sales as a new revenue stream. No one in my family grew roses, so I’m a sponge to soak up whatever knowledge Felicia has to share!

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  258. Mrs. Smucker on

    Somewhere between weekend warrior and everyday gardener, changing to everyday gardener this summer. I’m intent on having garden roses to offer with the rest of my cut flowers, but up until this point the garden roses I do have, have been decimated by pest and disease every single year. I’d like to learn that it is possible to raise roses organically in Pennsylvania!

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  259. Lynn Galloway on

    Hello, I am a flower farmer who originally began growing flowers to sell at Farmer’s Market back in the 1980’s. There was little support back then for marketing techniques and growing tips. I greatly undercharged as we live in a rural and then very poor community. Though I loved flower farming, I decided I needed a “regular job” so I opted for Landscape Design and Installation, then later, I worked in Yosemite National Park as a Native seed and plant specialist. I returned full time to flower farming in 2019.
    The whole while I never stopped growing plants. Though I have learned a lot more about growing annuals and perennials, roses remain a challenge for me. Finding the right rose for our HOT climate is one stumbling block for me as is disease control. I feel like Felicia grows in a similar climate and that her experience and thus her book could really help jump start my poor rose growing techniques. I learned rose pruning a long time ago and I think she might have a fresher approach to pruning as well as organic practices for fertilizing.

    Even if I do not sell roses, I want to grow them for their beauty and their scent. My father always had a small rose garden and I I fell in love with them a long time ago. Seeing them always brings back that image of my dad enjoying his garden. Thank you for this series on Roses.

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  260. Sand Davis on

    I would say both my husband and I are everyday gardeners. We recently built a house on several acres of land in Vermont. We have done perennial gardens in the past and want to turn much of this land into gardens. My husband has started a section for Christmas trees and one for grapes. I have a large perennial garden, a peony garden and I’d love to have a section for a rose garden. I am new to roses, they have always intimidated me. So I’d love to get Felicia’s book and a few of her bare root roses and dive in!

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  261. Jackie on

    My lifelong gardening obsession also started as a young child while following my grandmother and mom around their gardens. Even while being a Mom taxi service and working a busy full time nursing schedule, I couldn’t help following my “everyday gardener” passion. Multiple clothing changes daily allowed me to dig, plant, mulch and weed, my own personal Zen time to decompress. Now retired, it seems gardening clothes are on All Day. But, I never had a rose garden outside of my wild multiflora roses sprawling over my 14 plus acres of Wild and Wonderful in West Virginia. It is time to plant a Rose Garden to complement my new cutting flower garden. Floret led me to this wonderful interview of Felicia who is inspiring me to take the plunge. I love the Mother of Pearl, Distant Drums and Elle Roses, but then again, what about Love Song and Tess D’ Uberville and Moonlight Romantica….oh my this is going to be hard. I also love the way you help and promote each other in the flower farming community. Kudos to you both!! My dreams are already turning to creating among my wild type gardens a little more formal Cutting Flower and Rose Garden, with a little help and inspiration from Erin and Felicia.
    Thank you,

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  262. Stephanie on

    I’m in the midst of transitioning from Weekend Warrior to Everyday Gardener as I am now able to work from home and dedicate myself to my garden more full-time. My love of getting dirt under my fingernails started with vegetables but I quickly learned the importance of companion crops and began including calendula and nasturtium. Soon, the flowers were getting more attention as my appreciation for them grew. In my early twenties, I dated a British man and we visited his family outside of Oxford. There I met his grandfather, who won the village’s award for best roses year after year. I had never seen anything like them, and for the longest time thought roses that lush could only grow in England. I’ve begun dabbling with roses and reading the Floret flower series and now this wonderful interview makes me very hopeful that I might be able to grow roses just as beautiful someday.

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  263. Susan Hayden on

    I really struggle with Japanese beetles! I try to be an organic gardener and protect the pollinators so I don’t use sprays. Your advice would be very appreciated

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  264. Suzi Batdorff on

    Hi! I am a year two rose lover from the cold state of Michigan! I guess I never thought they would do so good here but last year I got 3 plants from Felicia and I was hooked! I love so many plants on our farm but I found myself just enamored by them… the scent was just amazing. I kept finding myself walking by them “by accident” all the time, haha! It was so nice to have my own fresh roses for event work, rather than depending solely on wholesale or the stress associated with shipping issues.
    Needless to say I am hooked! I am hoping to get some hints on varieties, what they need & love and how I can adapt growing to zone 5…. and of course bug and disease info. I am so excited for the book. Your story is one that feels close to my heart with loss loss. I love how we can keep the ones we love alive in the flowers we grow. Thank you so much for all of your hard work!

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  265. Mariah Wolff on

    I am a weekend warrior working to everyday gardener. I have been loving all the rose information and drooling over all the beautiful pictures. I am taking care of three rose plants that I inherited and want to learn as much information as possible so I can expand my garden.

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  266. Ann on

    I love to garden and grew up on a farm but I am just starting to learn about roses. I planted 4 plants last summer and I am hungry to learn more! By biggest struggle so far has been finding roses that I love that can also survive our cold MN winters.

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  267. Rita Guitron on

    I think I’m a tweener lol. Weekend Warrior and Everyday Gardner. I live in the mountains in a redwood forest. I have a swath of space that gets sun and its nice and hot in the summer and cold in the winter. I try to get tons done on the weekend but try to get in the garden during the week even if it’s to make sure the dogs didn’t get into the beds and literally use it as a bed. I work full time and kids/grandkids have moved home and their dogs so it is chaotic, but my chaos is good chaos. I have several roses and really would like to add more and figure out how to prevent sooo much black spot and learn to take better care of them so there is less struggle for the plants. But despite the blemishes my babies still grow and are tough cookies. Can’t wait to pick up my copy of the book at the farm!

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  268. Karen on

    An everyday gardener moving from a 7a growing zone to a 6b growing zone. Hoping to discover what roses I can successfully grow in my new home. I have a Honey Dijon and a Distant Drums from Menagerie Farms in my current garden and hope I can have them in my new garden.

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  269. Kimberly on

    I love roses and am looking to add them at my new home. Thank you for sharing this information and the beautiful roses.

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  270. Paulina Ng on

    I am everyday gardener who finally took the plunge into growing roses during the lockdown. So far I have only one successful DA rose and mostly hybrid roses and would love to learn more about their care.

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  271. Sarah Orza on

    I am an everyday Gardner!
    I would love to learn more about pairing roses together- what goes with what! Also tips on seasonal pruning.

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  272. Meg McGinnis on

    I love roses and they have always been a part of my life. My mom tended a rose garden as I do now. I love sharing bouquets with family, friends and church fellowship. I also used my roses and other flowers for our son’s wedding. I’m excited to read Growing Wonder for help in growing stronger healthier roses naturally. Loved the articles on roses. Thanks Erin.

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  273. Teri Lucas on

    I would say I am an everyday gardener. The year I turned 55 (I’m 67 now) my husband fenced in part of our horse pasture and built me raised bed garden boxes because I was so frustrated with the deer eating my flowers. I have mostly grown berries, veggies and fruit but have always had and area of 5 roses and some flowers. I had a greenhouse but last year during a snowstorm a tree fell on it! Hopefully this year it will be replaced.The older I get, I seem to buy more flowers than veggies because they bring me such joy. I am most looking forward to information on growing roses in the sierras and how to get more blooms. Thank you for this lovely article and the gorgeous pictures!

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  274. Michelle M Maas on

    My biggest challenge with roses is that every variety I have tried gets destroyed by Japanese beetles. Even with hand picking and pesticides I have not been able to control them so dug out all my roses.

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  275. Twila J Smucker on

    I’m an everyday gardener. I think knowing what to do for disease is my biggest question with growing roses. Would love your book and another rose!

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  276. Jeanne Durocher on

    I am somewhere between a “Weekend Warrior” and “Everyday Gardener” depending on the weather and my old bones! I used to grow roses in my 40’s but did not have the land. Now I am retired and just purchased an old farmhouse with just under 1 acre. Would love to add some roses to my dahlia and hydrangea collection. Hoping to get information from Felicia’s book on black spot and powdery mildew as well as proper soil conditions here in the humid South. Thanks for this generous giveaway!

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  277. Carley on

    Weekend warrior wishing I had more time for my plant babies but lovingly taking care of my actual baby. He is almost six months old now. We just rescued 15 tea roses from a friend who was redoing her backyard. I would love to learn more on caring for them and growing my rose garden!

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  278. Rachael Mikelionis on

    Weekend warrior here when it comes to roses! My great grandmother always grew beautiful roses and I am excited to try my hand at it. I’m hoping to learn more about dealing with pests and disease. My currents roses are pretty hardy and produce quite abundantly despite my novice skill at caring for them. Looking forward to all the great info in this book!

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  279. Angie B on

    An inspiring rosarian for sure!!

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  280. Karen Merritt on

    I would say that I was a Weekend Warrior transitioning to Everyday Gardener. I live in zone 7B in Georgia and have grown several David Austin roses with moderate success. I also grow Irises, tulips, dahlias, and lots of perennials. My biggest issues have been Black Spot and Japanese Beatles, as well as our red clay soil. My husband and I have been spent a lot of time and effort amending our soil and that has been beneficial. I am still struggling somewhat with insects and diseases. I am trying to use natural solutions to these issues as much as possible. I really look forward to Felecia’s new book to hopefully find some better answers to these ongoing problems. Thank you, Erin for sharing this great interview and for always adding to our gardening education!

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  281. Sarah Brunner on

    I am so ready to graduate from “Everyday Gardener” to “Aspiring Rosarian”. Over the last 7 years I have been working full time to develop and grow our cut flower business on our family farm in Northern California. While I have put in my time and had great success, with all of the floral annuals, I am now ready to sink my roots deeper and fully embrace the world of perennials. Roses are my number one passion as they represent my English heritage and remind me of the many days spent with my grandmother and mother in their gorgeous rose gardens. I have recently joined the Menagerie Academy and I am really looking forward to learning all about growing roses from Felicia through that forum. It is also exciting that her farm is within driving distance from me and that I may be able to attend on of her workshops in person someday! I would truly appreciate one of the goodie boxes she has generously provided to add some of her plants to my garden and benefit from her book as a valuable resource as I dive deep on roses!
    Thank you for this opportunity and all that you share with us flower enthusiasts!

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  282. Olivia M Mayoros on

    At the moment my micro-farm is oriented toward filling my community with beauty rather than sustaining the livelyhood of myself or any collaborators. Thus I’d say I fall somewhere between the Everyday Gardener and the Aspiring Rosarian. This means my questions are both very basic (how do I stager bloom time by my variety choices) yet extremely geeky (definitely got a shiver up my spine at the mention of soil tension!). My favourite resources right now are not so much step by step directions on how to grow a particular plant or enhance a particular soil type, but are stories of individuals and their own beloved gardens/farms. Each crop and each plot of land is different, so it’s not the skill that inspires me, but the passion. The lovers itch to keep trying roses when all have thusfar hated your soil, the relationship with the land on which you raised your children, the accidental success of self sown poppies, and the devestating sorrow of box blight. These are the stories that reveal the hearts of those who love growing things and these stir my own heart to plan, plant, work, and wonder.

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  283. Elizabeth Sallee Bauer on

    Hi, I’m an aspiring roseaholic. I am building and planning a rose garden to start this spring to use in my cut flowers. My biggest hurdle is growing in zone 4, unfortunately I’m pretty limited with varieties. I believe I have an area with a zone 5 microclimate where I will be putting the garden. I’m currently trialing a Distant Drums to see if it survives. Here’s hoping!

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  284. Rose H. on

    I’m a weekend warrior hoping to be an everyday gardener this year. I can’t wait to learn from this book how to help my roses thrive, not just survive!

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  285. Chris Holt on

    I love roses it’s an addiction. Wanting to add more to my NW garden this year so this book would be great!

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  286. Trish on

    Weekend Warrior…I can keep houseplants alive. Having retired from trucking a year ago, I now have time to devote to my vegetable and herb garden which is slowly expanding. Knowing the importance of flowers to pollinators, I am beginning to treck down that road. I have always loved roses but with a military background then into trucking, I have not been able to plant and care for them. That is changing now. I hope to learn more about them, purchase some roses, care for them, and watch them grow.
    Thank you, Erin, for sharing so much of your knowledge and love for what you do.

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  287. Kasey Stott on

    I am in the middle of my first year growing cut flowers on our property in Central California that is mainly a citrus farm! I have always been intimidated by roses, but after following Felicia’s instagram account and stumbling across her promoting her new book, I took a leap of faith and bought 4 rose plants from our local nursery. I am now SO excited to learn and watch this year as those roses grow! It would be such a joy to add to my collection some of the beautiful roses from Felicia’s collection. Thank you for taking the time to do this interview to share from such an expert. Looking forward to diving into Growing Wonder however I can get my hands on a copy.

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  288. Leah Puhlman on

    I only started growing roses in the past 3 years. I started with 2 David Austin Varieties, Roald Dahl and Bathsheba – I’m a sucker for the peachy/apricot tones. This year I have added another 6 varieties chosen for scent, color and repeat bloom. My challenge is figuring out how to place them in my Certified Backyard Habitat garden of mostly native plants. I want them to look good and blend into my existing garden, where most of my full sun area is devoted to vegetables and fruit production.

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  289. Judi Martin on

    I lived in the Sacramento area for 12 years and never knew about Felicia’s farm! If I had, I would have wanted to visit, definitely. I recently moved out of California. Not only do I grow roses and other flowers, one of my daughters is named Felicia. 😊 I am an everyday gardener, but dream of someday opening a nursery to sell the varieties of roses and plants that do well for me. I would love to get a copy of Felicia’s new book, Growing Wonder!

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  290. Veronique Samson on

    Supporting my daughter’s dream of becoming a flower artist, I started planting flowers she would provide, roses were among the first ones. In my younger days, this self taught gardener, thought growing flowers was frivolous and one should only grow food. Trial and errors taught me that flowers are necessary companions to vegetables. The tables have turned where i now want to grow flowers exclusively, roses among them, food for the soul.

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  291. Nati on

    Everyday Gardener here. :) What a beautiful story!

    I have 4 roses. One is a single pink Rugosa from my grandfather, another is a semi-double yellow climber, another is a medium pink floribunda and last, but not least, “Therese Bugnet” Rugosa. I love them all for different reasons. The challenge I have is pest control; deer, rabbits, bugs I can’t identify. I have yet to see them in their full glory, growing vigorously and loaded with blooms. But every year I hope for the best, trying a new way to protect them and invigorate them.

    Thank you for this opportunity.

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  292. Whitney on

    Weekend warrior. I recently moved to a new home that has minimal landscaping. I’ve spent the winter pondering and planning. I’m figured out a spot for a climbing rose (a tribute to my Grammy) and room for a few old fashion fragrant roses. The hard part (fun part) will be picking which ones will make the final cut.

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  293. Hilary Law on

    I am an everyday gardener with limited light. I had a favorite peach colored rose from David Austin that did well in my area and it unfortunately got stepped on and broken – twice! I am ready this year to try roses again on my small urban plot – like a postage stamp with berry bushes, native shade garden, a large bed of edible greens, a tomato trellis and the front of the house filled with perennials – all in the middle of the city. I would love to add your roses and knowledge!

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  294. toni murray on

    Merci!
    It’s always fascinating to me,
    the focus & passion of flower farmers.
    Experienced in growing market cut flowers &
    mixed garden borders, I’ve wanted to expand beyond
    the few heirloom roses included.
    The challenge for me is committing to garden plan!
    Color & design came easy for my 1880 mill house;
    struggling with extending that confidence in
    a more public space.

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  295. Brooke Rice on

    As someone who varies between a weekend warrior and everyday gardener, I have found myself stunted by fear of my Georgia humidity and red clay. I have been fearful of spending money and time on roses just for them to succumb to disease. I am hoping that this book will help equip me to conquer my fears and enjoy beautiful roses in my landscape and to use in my floral work.

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  296. Robin Forsythe on

    Everyday Gardener – I grew up surrounded by my mothers rose garden. It was beautiful and magical every summer to see the roses bloom. I now have my own home and a blank slate to bring those memories to bloom. She is no longer able to garden like she used to, but really enjoys seeing me transform my yard into a garden.
    Thanks for sharing your story, it’s so inspiring to hear of the risks you’ve taken both in starting your business and the pivot to keep it going thru these times.

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  297. Michelle Scheier on

    What a lovely interview and heartwarming story. I am brand new to flower gardening, inspired to begin in 2022 to grow some of the flowers for my son’s wedding in the fall. I have always loved roses but shied away from growing them because of my limited knowledge. This book would be immensely helpful to me in adding roses to my new flower garden.

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  298. Emma T. on

    Weekend warrior here hoping for the knowledge and inspiration to grow some roses in my garden! I don’t currently have any and I’m dying to grow some. My grandfather had the most amazing rose gardens and I’d love to bring some of those magical memories to my yard.

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  299. Zola on

    I guess I’d be an aspiring rosarian…my topic of greatest need is cut flower longevity: varieties, harvest and post-harvest methods. Also, I live in the humid mid-Atlantic, so varieties need to have disease resistance. My greatest challenge is Japanese beetles and deer. Also, the marketing of roses…

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  300. Nina on

    I am obsessed with roses and their beauty. I bought a house and I’m turning my front and backyard into a glorious garden filled with all my favorite flowers. I have a large section I am dedicating to roses.

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  301. Matt Zilliox on

    Amazing article. Thats a lot of rose plants! I am ordering quite a few varieties to try this season from you. So excited!

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  302. Holly on

    I am definitely an Aspiring Rosarian. I have many varieties, that I have gathered from friends and family. I love old roses especially, the fragrance is hard to beat. Pest control is always something that I am working on. This year I am underplanting with salvia to see if there is improvement. I look forward to reading what she does for her roses.

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  303. Heather on

    I remember reading a bit about growing and caring for roses in my early 20s. I wanted to create a romantic garden for our new home. That bit of research actually turned me off to roses – they seemed so prissy and finicky and easily diseased. So I avoided them. … My mother in law used to have a small bed of roses in her front yard and they always looked ratty and leggy. …Yet another turn off in my mind.
    I have one bush of tea roses my (landscaper) husband brought home – someone else’s “get rid of”, and until this past year, I have never paid it much attention.
    Last year was my first year to grow cut flowers for myself – having worked with flowers since I was a little girl. Something inside of me awakened. Those “silly” tea roses lended a punch of color and texture that no other flower in the garden had, and they quickly began to win my respect. There is that certain something in a rose that cannot be denied – it is timeless to say the least. There is a romance in them.
    I look forward to researching 20 years later with new eyes and new perspective. From Weekend Warrior to Everyday Gardner … perhaps one day a Rosarian! whoo hoo

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  304. Terie on

    Aspiring Rosarian – I am looking for new varieties to grow and a good way to manage many roses in a small space. So excited for Felecia’s book and as always appreciate everything Floret Farmer does for the rest of us ❤️💐💐

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  305. Lindsey on

    Loved this interview. My brother (who lives in Oregon) and I (who live in CA) have been dorking out over the menagerie catalog for the past few weeks trying to narrow down what we each want! I am more along the lines of the everyday gardener, but as roses are supposed to be easy to grow…they haven’t been my best displays! It started with me somehow coming across Koko Loko and I HAD to have her, but sh hasn’t really bloomed much. I am hoping to learn how to successfully grow roses in pots, and also for soil amendment and irrigation tips. Next years goal is to turn my dad’s backyard into a proper rose garden for cutting, enjoying and bringing some beauty back into his life.

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  306. Shannon O’Brien on

    I’m a complete novice but do have a hybrid tea currently and ordered a bunch of David Austin bare root roses that should be here soon. I’m very interested in learning about controlling disease and pests. My hybrid tea has had problems with black spots and aphids and I would love to hear how to better control those two. Thanks for the wonderful interview to read and the beautiful pictures. I love all the content on your blog and website.

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  307. Karen Osier on

    I currently live in Florida and have such a hard time with roses. I am a weekend warrior and here aphids are terrible along with blackspot. I will be moving to West Virginia some time this year and the ladybugs swarm there so should take care of the aphids. I would love to grow roses with no chemical pesticides. Also learning how to use soil tension to guide irrigation sounds very interesting! I am looking forward to this book for sure.

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  308. Kim on

    I am an aspiring Rosarian and have been collecting roses for about 12 years. Very much looking forward to Felicia’s new book & hopefully learning some tips on collecting & growing roses when you have limited space as so many of us have. Never enough roses! Thank you for this wonderful information filled article

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  309. Julia Hess on

    Hello! Thank you for a wonderful interview. I would describe myself as somewhere between a weekend warrior gardener and an everyday gardener. I graduated from with master’s just as covid was ramping up in the US in 2020 and my job offer was rescinded. I was at a loss and felt like I had no purpose. I quickly began building a garden in the backyard of the home my soon to be husband purchased for us. I grew up always having a garden so it came somewhat naturally to me. My garden genuinely saved my life and because it is visible and close to our back street (corner lot), we have met and made so many friends while working in the garden. Now, one year into my full time job, I take a stroll through the garden every morning before work to center myself. My hope for adding roses this year is to create a beautiful fragrant border so that everyone passing by can see and smell the beauty of nature. My biggest area of struggle is getting the soil amended properly here in North Carolina where we have nearly solid red clay.

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  310. Cathryn on

    I tended a beautiful little collection of roses at my childhood home in Eastern Washington, a very dry climate. I now live in Louisville, KY and am trying to figure out how to grow roses here in the humidity. I ordered my first three roses last year. The Peace rose I ordered, to remind me of my Grandma Sophie, came and it bloomed bright orange- not correct!! I will keep going with roses in spite of this disappointment!!

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  311. Sharilyn on

    I am new to flower gardening starting last year with a variety of cut flowers which were all fantastic! I am now inspired to take on roses. It is perfect timing as we are redoing the front yard. This book will be perfect to help get me started and I live in the Sacramento valley as well! Thank you for the wonderful information and sharing your story. 😊

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  312. Tove Austad on

    Thank you for great interview. I am starting my own cutflowergarden this spring, and roses are a big challenge that I hope to manage in due time.

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  313. Debbie King on

    I am an everyday gardener. I once had about 25 rose bushes but I lost most of them due to our Michigan winters. I grow flowers for bunching at our farmers market. Would love to be able to add more roses for cutting. Don’t know how to keep roses disease and bug free naturally.

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  314. Joy on

    We recently acquired some land and I’m already thinking of the many things I can grow there! What perfect timing for such a wonderful, helpful book to be released…so looking forward to it!!

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  315. Debbie Wyatt on

    Oh my! After all that you have posted about roses I’m ready to take the plunge! I’m a cut flower grower so it’s definitely time. With her book I can make the right selection and learn how to care for them properly.

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  316. Kate on

    Everyday Gardener. While time is always a factor, nothing brings me joy like the quiet of the gardens. My biggest rose struggle is getting their care “right”. Everyone has opinions (strong ones) and I’m always unsure of what to do. I end up suffering from information paralysis.

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  317. Ellen on

    Weekend Warrior here! Roses have always been my favorite, but struggle with overwintering. Plant in Spring, but probably lose have my bushes each winter – hoping I can improve on this! Thanks for beautiful photos, brightened my winter morning.

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  318. Marilyn Brinkley on

    Weekend warriors all the way! I need help with deciding where to best place the roses, and how to deal with pests.

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  319. Cassie Boguth on

    Everyday gardener. I would like to learn more about soil structure and improving it. Such a great interview!

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  320. Heather M. on

    At the moment I am a weekend warrior but this year is a year of monumental changes for our family as my husband and I become empty nesters. This is the year I am going to have time to take our little piece of land and begin to create my own micro flower farm. So what do I need to learn?Everything!

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  321. Sabah Fakhoury on

    My experience level (Aspiring Rosarian) has been stunted by my dissapointment with the deer eating my roses. My biggest area of struggle when it comes to growing roses is a lack of secured fencing around my property that borders a woodland area. No matter where I plant my rose bushes, the deer find them. Deer repelant doesn’t work! I may have to build a wire cover for each plant.

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  322. Laura Wentz on

    I am now an every day gardener. I’ve had roses before but between choosing the wrong planting location and our Polar Vortex a few years ago I was discouraged with how they grew (and then died). Last year I tried again with just a few bareroot ones and their blooms made me determined to keep on. I’d like to learn about propagation and more about the many kinds of roses that are out there.

    Erin, thank you for all that you share with us. You are such a generous and giving person!

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  323. LC on

    I’m an aspiring rosarian… I purchased my first roses last spring from a local nursery, and I’m reading and learning more about the care for roses. I would be delighted to read this book and add to my rose collection.

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  324. Joan on

    I recently retired and am now a full time, everyday gardener. I have over 100 roses and every year I am seduced into collecting yet more. I particularly love antique and heritage roses that are peony shaped. I used to do regular pilgrimages to the old cemetery in Sacramento to marvel at the historic rose collection before they were so severely cut back. I would like to learn more about amending my soil, fertilizing and pruning. I am self taught for over thirty years but would love to learn from others with more professional experience.

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  325. Letitia Campbell on

    Hi!
    I am a Weekend Warrior who loves to watch flowers grow. I get so excited when I see new buds on branches and the first signs of stems growing out of the ground. I don’t have a flower farm or a very large space but I have toiled , turned, and cleans up two spaces in my front yard to start my own space of beauty, happiness, & peace! I always hope that my flowers will bring a smile to any passerby who happens to admire my floral garden in East San Jose, Ca.❤️
    It is my desire to learn how to cultivate the soil properly and grow roses that are free of disease and mites. For once I would like to cut fresh flowers from my garden and create a beautiful bouquets to share.

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  326. Brittney on

    Everyday Gardener!

    I would love more tips on growing roses successfully in the dry hot desert where I live. But I’d also love to learn more about the technicalities and science of rose growing (I’m a science nerd at heart!) I struggle the most with adapting normal care instructions to my climate’s needs, but even if it takes me a couple tries I’ve been figuring it out variety-by-variety and can’t wait to do the same with roses!

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  327. Sherry on

    Weekend warrior is my current style but soon enough it will be everyday Gardner. As I try to learn as much as I can of growing roses and flowers it’s hard to know what is right . I hope to learn what works in my county and share the Roses with family , friends, and all that enjoy flowers. The color and fragrance just lifts my spirits .

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  328. Rachel Pruett on

    I just realized I didn’t fully answer the question asked.
    I would love to learn so much more about how to select the appropriate roses for my climate.
    How to select the most medicinal and fragrant varieties (I’m mostly interested in Old Roses
    How to care for my roses : pruning, watering, fertilizing, trellising, etc
    How to propagate roses successfully
    Landscaping with roses and companion planting

    Thank you

    ~ Rachel

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  329. Ron Shaffer on

    2021 was our first year growing a few flowers. We will expand the number and variety of flowers that we grow this coming year. We are a certified organic farm in TN, and hope to add flowers to our mix of products. We are planning to add roses each of the next few years. Since I have no experience with roses, a book that covers all of the aspects of cut flower roses would be very helpful.

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  330. Barbara Neu on

    I’m a cross between a Weekend Warrior and an Everyday Gardener. I have a beautiful single petaled rose that the deer love to eat that is thriving in my front yard. It’s a glorious simple rose that looks a bit like a dogwood in its simplicity. Beautifully white with a huge blush of gorgeous pink and profuse blooms- a big hit! I’m hoping to add to it with another exquisite beauty. Something yellow or peach. I’m hoping her book will show me how to prune.

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  331. Ron Shaffer on

    2021 was our first year growing a few flowers – non of them were roses. We are planning to expand the flower portion of the farm, and adding roses each of the next few years. We are a certified organic market farm in TN and have decided to add flowers to our mix. I am new to roses and a book that covers all of the bases of growing roses would be a huge help.

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  332. Rachel Pruett on

    Wow Erin, Thank you for this beautiful interview ! Thank you Felicia for sharing about your life and path to Roses ! I am truly inspired and excited to read your book.
    I am a beginner with Roses. This will be my 5th year Organic gardening medicinal plants, food & flowers. I have 2 wild roses and a handful of hybrids. I live in Northern California as well and am SO excited to see Felicia (you) are a neighbor! I’m going to try and make it to your big rose sale on the 20th.

    I just ordered about 10 roses from David Austin a few weeks ago. I am trying to contain my excitement and concentrate on getting sites prepared. The last few days, my mother in Law has let me practice propagating, pruning and fertilizing her favorite roses. I have 35 cuttings in the greenhouse as of today ! I’m so thankful for her trust and for the experience. I’m all in and dream about one day earning the title “Rotarian”

    As an herbalist and budding natural perfumer, it’s my dream to one day make rose based healing offerings to share with the world. I’d also love to hold special events & workshops on our 40 acre property & farm. Our hurting world desperately needs Rose medicine.

    Thank you Erin & Felicia for this opportunity
    God bless you ladies

    ~ Rachel

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  333. Ramona Anderson on

    1/2 weekend warrior 1/2 everyday
    My brother bought me an Abraham Darby when I Planted my first garden. And those beautiful roses made me fall in love with cut flowers. Now i am always scheming about ways to squeeze in new roses. I am excited to read this book.

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  334. JoAnn Martin on

    The “Everyday Gardener” here is hoping to develop into the “Aspiring Rosarian”, soon! I love to shop for roses for our floral shop customers and I want to add some new colors to my personal rose garden, and ultimately to my designs. If I could get started I could begin to find the varieties and colors that would sell best. I know what those should look like and I would love to connect with this cut rose supplier as an ongoing source. I bet this book is marvelous, I bet this book will illustrate what I am missing, and I bet it will inspire a whole new avenue for us here in this valley. There is nothing quite like a quality rose to raise the emotions of the soul.

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  335. Wendy Chase on

    Until a couple of years ago I was an everyday gardener, but work and life have gotten so busy I stopped planting a garden and just have my perennial flower beds and a few potted plants on the deck in the summer. My biggest challenge with growing roses is the climate where I live. I have half a dozen Hansas and Therese Bugnets that get squashed by heavy snows in the winter or ‘pruned’ by the moose. I’d love to know how to help them grow into the big shrubs I’ve seen. Poor things look pretty sad every spring. I’d like to learn how to keep other varieties in containers that I could bring indoors in the winter.

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  336. Christina Eddie on

    I am between a weekend warrior and an everyday gardener. I have been growing roses casually for about 20 years but recently have been inspired to grow more varieties and really expand my knowledge of roses. This is where “Growing Wonder” will help me. I would love to glean every ounce of information from the book to create a multi variety rose garden. Thank you both for sharing your knowledge and skill with the world!

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  337. Roseman Creek Ranch on

    I think I’m an everyday gardener. Cause it’s all I want to do. We bought bare land in forested north coast 15 years ago. Cleared areas of brushy trees and shrubs, opening up about five acres of sandy marine terrace. I made up my mind to not grow any roses there. Roses had occupied my mind and I grew bare own root roses for five years. Also had planted and tended 5,000 roses for five years. But this time I was just going to grow veggies and fruit in my homestead gardens. My my rose partner had a few rooted cuttings left over in her yard and brought Mme. Alfred Carriere and a double white Lady Banks rose to me. After trying to resist and as my gardens got bigger, I ran around and found cuttings again of all my old favorite roses. Adding in more David Austin’s each year too. They bring me so much joy. I’m so happy to read all these wonderful stories of roses on the Floret Blog. Thank you !

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  338. Sarah Carlson on

    Weekend warrior. I can’t wait to read this book to hear more about propagation and pest control. I was never into roses until my local nursery started carrying DAs. Now I’m hooked and hungry for more guidance!

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  339. Emily on

    I’m somewhere in between a Weekend Warrior and an Everyday Gardener… except when it comes to roses, I’m a total newbie who has caught the rose bug and am obsessed, devouring every piece of info I can get my hands on. I am jumping right in and planning a rose garden in our new home. With some orders already on their way and plans to get more (how can you pick just a few?!), I would love all the wisdom and knowledge Felicia has to offer! Thank you, Erin, for being such an inspiration and for your passion to share beautiful flowers!

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  340. Carrie Ahola on

    For now I am a Weekend Warrior, completely redesigning the “yard” that the sellers had just let go over time, transitioning one day into an Aspiring Rosarian. Roses are fascinating and it’s amazing just how many kinds there are! While my love for gardening is still on the more recent side, I find myself researching constantly on where to plant what and how best to do it so you have the highest chance of success, especially being newer. Thank you so much for sharing what you know and bringing others together along with you! I can’t tell you how much seeing your story and journey has drastically changed my life.

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  341. Vanessa on

    Every (other) day gardener. I’ve got a busy two-year old and an equally busy border collie! Last year was my first foray into gardening (cut flowers, berries and veggies) with my toddler. We have some tea roses on the property and they are stunning. Looking forward to learning more about how to tend to them properly, and seeing my kiddo’s face light up when he gets to sniff them in bloom <3

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  342. Nina Hawkins on

    I love you passion and how you follow your heart and found your love for nature. I’m a weekend warrior and want to become a better gardener. Five years ago I started to grow my own vegetables and starting to add more flowers to my garden. . My grandmother had a beautiful garden and I growing flowers brings me the best memories of my childhood. I struggle with roses. I have a collection of them (some that I’m trying to replicate my grandmothers garden). However, it’s been trial and error. Some years they are doing great and other years I think I killed them. It’s difficult to find a book that gives guidance -the to do and not to do- so. Erin has giving me hope to keep going with her overall guidance (finding the love for good soil) and hoping to do the same with your book. I’m excited to read your book and hoping I will be able to take care of my roses better. I’m planning to buy a few more this season and see if can do better. My favorite that I have now are “white majesty” “Tiffany” and “moonshine” and “eden”
    Thank you for giving me hope!!!!

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  343. Helen on

    Roses have always been my first love because of their beauties, colors, and fragrances. I have dreamed one day I can have my own rose garden where I can go to daily and take care of it so the garden can become a place for me to share with other people to enjoy. My first attempt of having my own rose garden was when I moved to Boston and owning my first home. I planted about 10 rose bushes around my backyard and spending a lot of time with them. The roses gave me much enjoyment and rewards and so was for my neighbors and friends. As time goes, my family grows and time for my roses became less and less. Then the Gypsies moth arrived and hung around for 4 years. My roses as well as other flowering trees and shrubs were slowly destroyed. Ten years ago, I was introduced to the David Austin’s roses by my son. Under his encouragement and support, my second attempt to have my rose garden slowly started again for I am much older now. Unfortunately, five years ago, the Gypsies moth came back again and the roses were not spared. I was so devastated and I gave up. These past couple years I have the pleasure to follow Floretflowers.com and your recent A Rose Story really inspire me so much that I am thinking may be I should try again for a rose garden. May be with more knowledge after reading the Growing Wonder, I’ll have a greater chance of success of achieving my life long dream of having a rose garden at the farm to enjoy and to share with others. I really don’t know what level of growing knowledge I have except that I enjoy growing all kinds of plants, especially flowers, tremendously. With roses, my biggest challenge are black spots and the Gypsies moth. Thank you Erin so much for all your postings and stories. I have enjoyed and learned a lot from them. Your hard work and sharing are deeply appreciated.

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  344. Victoria Cattarin on

    Thank you for sharing Felicia’s inspiring story! I would consider myself an aspiring everyday gardener. We bought our new property one year ago and I am slowly cultivating it and dreaming about planting a rose garden. I have learned so much from all your posts, thank you! I look forward to better reading Felicias book to better understand the nuances of developing a healthy rose cutting garden.

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  345. Erika Dyer on

    I would call myself an aspiring Rosarian. People say you can’t do orchids and roses, but must pick one. I hope to prove that saying wrong. I need to learn more about disease control and soil conditions to be better at growing roses. I can control my greenhouse orchids a little easier, but the roses must go outside. I am so looking forward to seeing this upcoming publication next month.

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  346. Amy Van Guilder Dik on

    I am an aspiring rosarian. I just adore growing and tending my roses and I am eager to learn more. I also love taking photos of the beautiful blooms. My biggest struggle is watering… and Japanese beetles… also finding more space in my garden to tuck in another rose! Felicia’s book sounds like a must-have for rose growers.

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  347. Emily Rose Rosing on

    Aspiring Rosarian 🌿 I hope to learn more about the long term tending, tips & tricks to growing roses to incorporate into floral design. As a florist & a flower farmer, being able to grow flowers & buy unique, inspiring flowers from other local flower farms to incorporate into designs has been, hands down my favorite part about designing flowers.
    Sustainably growing & sourcing flowers locally, especially roses is not always easy. We live in Colorado and the climate can be a challenge for farming. Ive struggled with japanese beetles, hail storms & overly thorny rose stems that is not easy to design with.
    I hope to become a more knowledgeable steward of roses of all kinds & can’t wait to learn more.

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  348. Dana on

    I would like to become a weekend warrior. While we have plenty of wild rosebushes that include beautiful pink flowers with five single petals, I would like something that blooms perhaps a little later, a little longer, and is a bit showier. Our box stores typically sell only roses that don’t make it over winter here without a garage or a cellar. Might have to do some research and order some tough roses that might actually survive here. (and the book would be handy for general rose care.)

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  349. Elaine Carter on

    At almost 70 years old, I am expanding my love for gardening. I would love to know more about growing roses. I suppose I would call myself an aspiring rosarian.

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  350. Jenny Hogan on

    I am not even sure I can be called a weekend warrior yet. I have fallen in love with flowers over the past few years- thank you team Floret- but had yet to get the rose bug. After Erin’s most recent rose posts and perusing Felicia’s beautiful website, I now see why people love them. I am so excited to dive right in and have perennial plants that can produce beautiful cut flowers. I dream of growing and selling cut flowers, inspired by the famous quote, “beauty will save the world “. I look forward to reading Felicia’s book to get these beauties growing to enjoy and share with others! Thank you both for sharing this goodness with the world!

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  351. Gin Yang on

    I’m hoping to work my way up to Weekend Warrior level in my newer adventure of cultivating roses. Am looking forward to technical and sensory guidance from Felicia’s book for a balanced and peaceful garden. Both Erin and Felicia are so inspirational in focus, energy and sharing!

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  352. Shannon DeHart on

    An every day Gardner / Flower Farmer .
    I would love to learn more about roses so I can start adding them into our flower farm. 🌺🌿

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  353. Kelli on

    My husband and I just bought our first house, and I am so excited to make the garden of my dreams here, including a small cut-flower business with my kids so they can sell something other than lemonade when they want to make a buck (and learn a ton along the way!). I think I’ll be an everyday gardener with aspirations of becoming an expert.

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  354. Xiyun on

    Weekend warrior, although I would garden everyday if I could. It’s my third season growing roses and I wish I chose my roses more carefully the first season! Now I have a Heritage rose that I can’t bear to take out but gets pummeled with rust every year.

    I would like to know how best to fertilize my roses. I mostly just haphazardly throw a fistful of organic fertilizer whenever I remember. I love both of your Instagrams!

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  355. Mike A on

    I am an every day gardener who has caught the flower farm bug. Roses always seemed so intimidating, however if there is recipe fir success in the book I will try it. Looking forward for the release.

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  356. Eugene Meyer on

    Every day gardener. Love reading everything about roses. I always learn something.

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  357. Carrie Hibner on

    Somewhere between weekend warrior and everyday gardener. Still so much to learn! I started roses last year and absolutely adore them. I’d love to learn more tips and tricks from an experienced rosarian to help my roses flourish! ♥️🌹🤞🏻

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  358. Denise on

    Every day gardener here in wintery Colorado. Aphids seem to love my roses as much as I do 😢 I just keep buying ladybugs that seem to like the Aphids as much as I like the ladybugs !

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  359. Sheena Nash on

    Definitely an “Aspiring Rosarian”. This year I’m transitioning a large section of my initial cut flower garden in to a rose garden! I’m sooo excited for this book! Thank you for sharing!

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  360. Sherri Y on

    I’m a weekend warrior working towards being an everyday gardener. I’m fairly new to growing roses and finding them so rewarding, so I want to increase my experience and learn all I can. Learning about disease prevention & control is a must.

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  361. Xiuxian on

    Rose didn’t really get my attention until last May – I moved into a new place with a few roses plants left from the previous owner. They gave me a handful of beautiful blooms but then began struggling. The first thing I did was to buy a plant pruning & training book online and tried my best to learn all the know-how all over the internet. Luckily this is a sharing community and I got to pick up some advice. The result is far from successful, yet the plant definitely recovered from the rim of death… I gained some confidence. I fell in love with rose. I even started designing my backyard a rose garden this winter. I couldn’t imagine the unexpected burden has opened a new world to me. In this new year I would love to know more about how to keep healthy rose plants, soil, smart water schedule, pruning, and even train for a wonderful rose wall!
    From a California landscape designer who is also a weekend warrior in the backyard :-)

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  362. Lisa Edelhuber on

    I would absolutely LOVE to be considered an Aspiring Rosarian & I now have the perfect spot picked out at our new flower farm to start! Our few rose plants have never done well since our existing yard has too many massive pine trees & not enough sunlight. Hopefully when we move to our farm, this dream can be lived out. Felicia’s book would benefit me tremendously on this rose journey!♥️

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  363. Allison Oberg on

    I think I’m a hybrid. I’m more than a weekend warrior but not quite the everyday gardener. Learning more than “full sun” or “part shade” is so enriching. I love learning – both by reading and practicing. My first rose choices have looked great in the garden, but not so much in a vase. I’d love to learn about cutting roses and how best they can grow – especially in my high desert climate.

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  364. Madison on

    I am a (newer) weekend warrior! I bought my very first bare root from Felicia last year! I cannot express my excitement each time it got a bloom last year. I have yet to accumulate my own property with land where I could garden and I could expand my collection of cut flowers, which is my ultimate goal! I am contemplating what roses to buy to plant on either side of an arch trellis, in pots, so that I can selfishly take it with me wherever I move!! I adore the blushes always. However the apricot color I think is my all time favorite. I love working with Honey Dijon for weddings-but I think I will save that one for my future cut garden! Thank you for the beautiful professional insight! I think the hardest part of gardening roses, for me, is fertilizing. I never seem to get the timing right and I feel sometimes roses have performed better with none. Shortly after I fertilized after Labor Day last year, my plant got very sick with pests so I wondered if that was because I asked it to take on too much at once with pruning, fertilizing & the summer heat. Would love to hear thoughts on if this was just bad timing or I should have done things differently!

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  365. Mandy E on

    Everyday Gardener! I have become increasingly obsessed with gardening over the past decade. My obsession with roses started 3 years ago and really took off during the pandemic. In 3 years I went from 0 to 15 roses in my fairly small Chicago yard space. I tore up the parkway and made it into a garden to fit more in! I would love to know more about everything related to roses- from soil content to irrigation. I also love science so I can’t wait to geek out on that too. I’m also fascinated by your journey and all you have accomplished. A true inspiration! Looking forward to the read!

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  366. Julie Prull on

    I am an everyday gardener that hopes to become an Aspiring Rosarian someday! I love playing out in my garden around my house. I have always loved roses but am only beginning to learn about how exciting they are and understand the different types (shrub, tree, climbing… ). I would love to learn how to make my roses produce more blooms and how to properly care for them during the off season and blooming season. The book seems like a wonderful read and the pictures of the roses are just beautiful, congratulations!

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  367. Deanna on

    I am an every day gardener! I am hoping to learn about selecting the best roses varieties for my zone and garden conditions. I’m slowly trying to turn my yard into a magical cottage garden. Unfortunately the deer like my flowers as much as I do. I can’t wait to read this book!

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  368. Sarah Lacko on

    I love this so much! I was lucky enough to be gifted a partial scholarship to Florets workshop in 2021. We dipped our toes in the water through Etsy selling seeds we harvested as a way to give back to the community- flowers and seeds. Our farm is in NorCal and Felicia’s farm isn’t too far from us. Her roses now grace our front fence and the goal is to fill all the corners of our farm with different t varieties of roses as well as bring back to life some of the older varieties we have found on the farm that we are bringing back to life. We officially launched our new seed and flower shop after rewatching floret videos and watching Felicia’s farm tours and gobbling up all the books!

    The partnerships you all gift the world to get front row seats to wonderful education is such a treat, so inspiring and quite an achievement. Keep sharing and growing the community- it inspires the rest of us to give back too.

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  369. Debbie on

    I’m an everyday gardener with a lot of desire to learn all I can and a passion for flowers. I have started with a few roses, but sure have a lot to learn. They aren’t thriving at this point and I’m gathering all the information I can to get them to that place. I won’t give up!! I’m excited about this new book and really look forward to having it in hand. Congratulations on the completion of such a big undertaking and thank you for being an encouragement to eager learners!

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  370. Christy Wolfe on

    I am an absolute weekend warrior and first time rose gardener, with this being my first season. It was the two of you that lit my fire and I’m excited to do something with the sunny space on the side of house. Thank you for the inspiration and guidance this far!

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  371. Angel on

    I am an inspiring rosarian. I have recently acquired 6 acres of land from a family member who decided that they would not be using the property. The property was overgrown but over the last year we have been mulching, chopping trees and working to cultivate the land into a working homestead. I would love to add a cut flower garden and include roses for the pollinators and beauty of the property. Thanks for this opportunity to learn more about roses and growing some well researched cut flower roses.

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  372. Alexandra Causey on

    Roses are an endearment of life, we start with complications that are baron stocks , waiting the freedom of spring to once again be reminded of our beauty and resilience to bloom again even under the hardest of conditions. To me roses are a ture love that reminds me of my Mom when I was young. She was a ture “rosatarian” and her ability to grow the most delicate blossom was awe inspiring. I am starting my rose journey as an everyday Gardner whom is seeking the love of what my Mom’s roses brought to me for many many years of my childhood. I will never be as accomplished as my Mom was at growing roses but with lots of determination and love I hope to be able to understand the special touch of growing such beautiful and awe inspiring blooms.

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  373. Yesenia on

    I am a weekend warrior. I grew up with my mom growing the most gorgeous roses. Before my parents moved from my childhood home, I was determined to dig them up, bring them to my own house, & continue to grow these beautiful roses. I would like to learn how to keep these roses healthy and be able to learn how to cut them & make floral arrangements for my home.

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  374. Erin E Stewart on

    Definitely in the “aspiring” category. But my grandma has always had beautiful roses so I ordered some this year to start growing in honor of her! And I’m very nervous about it haha! We have some old roses that were here when we bought the house and they are disease ridden and overgrown and just a mess in general. So I’d love to learn how to prevent that. Annuals are so much less intimidating for some reason haha.

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  375. kayla on

    i’m an every day gardener, but i have zero experience growing roses! i’ve got some bare roots coming soon, more for landscaping than anything else, and im considering it to be a practice run for when i hopefully have my own flower farm. i’ve been really enjoying learning about roses in the past week or so, but i know it’s barely even scratching the surface. i’d love to learn more about the subject – nothing specific, since i know so little to begin with, but it’s always overwhelming to start learning about something new and i love how books make you go slow and learn things one page at a time :)

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  376. Kimy Gomez on

    I’m an everyday gardener ever since I moved in to my first home during COVID. I’ve been lucky to be able to work from home, so I can spend my breaks enjoying my hard work. There wasn’t much of a garden or plants when I moved in, so I’ve had the opportunity to start fresh. I have a small vegetable garden, and have grown tulips, peonies and a few annuals. This year my goal was to add 2 sets of roses into the garden, Crocus Rose and Desdemona. I’m fascinated with David Austin Roses after visiting The Garden in Heather Farms in Walnut Creek, CA. I’m hoping to learn how to help my roses thrive from Felicia’s book. As it helps me with the start of my rose collection.

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  377. Jacquie on

    Everyday gardener, my rose story is not a very romantic one: we moved onto the farm and into the small farmhouse my husband grew up in 25 yrs ago this fall, my mother in law had a rather wild and out of control and yet beautiful yellow rose bush growing along the south facing wall of her house & I thought I should be rid of it and put in something much more maneageble and tidy… so I finished it off with roundup, now I have a cement pad there 😔, I have had the privilege living beside this gracious lady for 32 years and we together over the years have done a lot of fun gardening , up until the age of 82 mom did most of her own gardening but at 87 although we still have her living beside us with caregivers she cannot do any of her own gardening and some days does not remember that she ever did any. We maintain her yard for her and I plant flowers to fill her containers so she can still enjoy them, my goal this summer is to give her a small rose garden again,& although I know I cannot receive the book or roses from your entry ( we live in Canada), I have used your references for roses and will put in my preorder for your book! Thankyou for such advice and beautiful pictures that she will enjoy looking at ❤️

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  378. Liz on

    Everyday Gardner here! I love roses and am trying to create a lush rose garden to dedicate to my mom. I want color, scent, and roses that are easy to grow in the Pacific Northwest.

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  379. Cathy Berger on

    A Weekend Warrior who dreams of being a successful flower farmer but still needs the 9 to 5 income ! I love roses and so does my husband, we have several David Austin roses and would love to learn more about varieties that do well in our zone 4 gardens. I am looking forward to your book. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  380. Iris Siu on

    I consider myself as a everyday gardener, grow some vegetables, perennials, and peonies, and only have couple roses which are lovely in the landscape, but really aren’t suitable in the vase. I really would like to add some cutting roses to my garden, so many beautiful roses it’s hard to narrow down the choices. Love reading about your passion and thank you for sharing your knowledge .

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  381. Susanne O. on

    Just to walk through a rose garden like that would be SO amazing! Since I’ve grown a garden and had a couple of rose bushes for years, I guess I would be considered an Everyday Gardener but I never feel like I know enough. I have had a desire for an actual rose garden for years! I have a couple of old fashioned bushes, a large yellow bush that blooms once for about 2 weeks with an amazing fragrance, and a rugosa that hasn’t done well in it’s current location. I would love to dedicate a specific part of my yard just to roses – mostly old fashioned ones with an amazing classic rose fragrance. Thanks for the generous giveaway!

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  382. Margaret on

    I think I am a bit of all three types! with work schedule- weekend warrior is reality of time available. Everyday Gardener is me in the longer days of summer when time in the garden is the best way to be after a work day. And Aspiring Rosarian- I LOVE all the roses I have, the ones I cared for at the house we had growing up, and now am the shepherd of my grandmother’s 1940’s roses we had moved when a contractor was about to rip them out redoing the sweet old house. They survived the move, and now figuring out what they are! This year to add and stretch what I have and old roses are the goal – adding to the David Austin’s I’ve already had a few years. Thank you to both Erin and Felicia for leading the way! And – as in Sacramento – Looking forward to visiting Menagerie in person…..THANK YOU!

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  383. Pam on

    Everyday gardener dreaming of becoming an aspiring rosarian. I have always loved roses but only have had scrub roses growing in the forest. I learned so much in Erin’s four-part series … just makes me want to learn more! Thank you Erin and Felicia!

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  384. Estella Ho on

    I’m an everyday gardener. I had one great season with a while row of new roses planted in my front yard, but then lost almost all these babies to gophers. I want a thorough education in roses because an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and all that. I dearly wished I had protected their roots and I would love to win some new roses!

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  385. Cindi Colin on

    I’ve been gardening for many years and trying new things keeps me learning. I have many dahlias but want to plant more roses. I just purchased my first rose to plant in my mothers memory. She loved roses. I hope to read Felica’s new book as soon as it’s available. Dealing with insect pressure is my biggest problem. But I will keep trying and learning all I can. Thank you Erin for all of your wonderful books, I have them all!

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  386. Samantha Brooks on

    I am an Everyday Gardener! After years of trying, I finally got my hands on four Evelyn bushes and from Felicia’s book, I would love to learn how to take the very best care of them!

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  387. Leah on

    I guess my experience level would be a weekend warrior. I would love to learn from Felicia’s book how to get my roses to look like hers- healthy and with big beautiful blooms.

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  388. Jaime Lee on

    Hello, I would consider myself an Everyday Gardner although a new one as I only started gardening 3 years ago. I would love to learn more about roses in general, they are the one thing lacking in my garden due to intimidation and inexperience.

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  389. Jess Little on

    I am an everyday gardener. I don’t have much experience with roses yet, keyword yet. I have been researching them for a few months now, learning what I can during the cold months here in Michigan. I hope to learn more about soil conditions for them and how to protect them from pests/disease. I want to keep them as healthy as possible for the best cut flowers.

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  390. Judy Hayne on

    I love roses and have been growing them for about 30 years. I have a few of the ones you noted. My favorites are Piaget and Just Joey, she is not a very good grower but I love the color.

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  391. Katie on

    We have a new property, so I’m putting in blooming perennials anywhere I can tuck them. My biggest challenge? Finding cut roses that will survive a true zone 4 without a whole lot of babying! (I looove many David Austin varieties, but it seems like most forums I read say those rated for a “zone 4” will really only survive to a zone 5.)

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  392. Jess R on

    I’m a weekend warrior. I have roses that bloom and look great and then they drop their leaves and look sad the rest of summer. I need some rose help!

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  393. Pam Fowler on

    Total weekend warrior with dreams of becoming an Aspiring rosarian 🌹 I struggle with pruning for the longest stems, organically getting rid of pests and grouping roses together that compliment each other! This winter has been jammed packed with studying, learning and would be thrilled to learn from Felicia too 🤍

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  394. Janice Warren on

    Weekend Warrior fo sure. Ijust moved to a different state and roses love it here, I am just starting to plant them in my garden. I need all he help I can get to be successful

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  395. Stacia on

    I’m a weekend warrior most weekends. My grandpa had a love affair for roses which my mom has taken on as her passion.. I grew up with hot summers and cold winters where the roses my mom and I trimmed and grew did amazing! I now live in a cold, foggy beach climate that rarely gets hot or frost. The few roses I have planted have either quickly developed mold or rust and just don’t thrive. My struggle is how to get beautiful roses with the foggy weather. Thanks!

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  396. Rhonda on

    Everyday Gardner. Over the last few years I have experimented with numerous different flowers. I do not have much experience with roses though. But last year I planted a few plants. I have always thought it a dreamy idea of having a rose garden and I am hoping to make that a reality. But with no knowing very much about how to take care of roses I am looking forward to “Growing Wonder”.

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  397. Melissa K on

    I’m an Everyday Gardner who just officially started my flower farming business and I want to learn any and everything about growing roses because I would love to incorporate them into arrangements!

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  398. Carolyn on

    Everyday Gardner. I’m afraid of growing roses. I have one that I inherited with my home that is amazing and ones I’ve bought or were given that I need help with. Help

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  399. Sharon on

    Long time Gardner turned Everyday gardener embarking on her second year! I just can’t get enough!! Was really hoping to add roses last year but decided they would wait for second year. I have thoroughly enjoyed your rose series Erin and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect! As I am just beginning rose gardening, I have so much to learn… so a rose box from Menagerie would just be a dream!

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  400. Judyann Morgan on

    My husband and I downsized into a condo following a fall that left me in a wheelchair with traumatic brain injury. As I healed, the two condo small balconies grew great Erin sweet peas, but I wanted more. I dreamed of making “one more garden”. We found a perfect place in Steilacoom. Our garden will be one year old in May. I realize I need more roses, and your interview with Felicia was a great leaping off point. I will be ordering roses from Felicia as I have ordered from Erin for years. I don’t sell flowers, I celebrate my garden. My grandchildren now love being in the garden with me. When my grandchildren go with me to a wonderful, knowledgeable local family-owned nursery (Gardensphere in North End Tacoma), they each get to pick one plant to find a new home at our garden. Gannon, my six year old grandson selected dinosaur food (translation artichoke) plant last time we went and Sydney selected a pink hibiscus. I want to thank Erin for being my inspiration to plant the garden I will love and share.

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  401. Susan Shaw on

    Lovely to learn more about growing happy roses! Loved roses since my grandmother gave us Pennie’s for all the beetles we knocked into soapy water so very many years ago! (Over 50!)The colors, the perfume, the silken soft petals against my face… What a lovely gift!

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  402. Jane on

    I’m an every day gardener, when it comes to roses.
    I’d like to learn more about the soils and fertilizer that roses thrive in. I have a few roses that have done well, but others that haven’t. I’d like to learn how to be more successful growing them!

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  403. Laura W on

    Everyday gardener (as much as my two little girls allow). I am starting a rose garden this year and I am intimidated by all of the options and methods. I look forward to learning about these in Felicia’s book. My biggest area of struggle is dealing with pests organically. Thanks!

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  404. Cathey Jo Schuster on

    Beautiful, last year I started my rose garden. I look forward to your book. I don’t think we can ever have to many roses.

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  405. Alison Webb on

    Everyday Gardener. I haven’t had much luck with roses since my first house 40 years ago. I would love to try again.

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  406. Katie on

    Every day gardener. I think my biggest challenge might be that I need zone 4 but I love love one’s that aren’t that cold hardy…

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  407. Yeeve on

    I’m new to gardening and aspire to be an everyday gardener. As a beginner, I would love to receive the guidance I need to more confidently begin growing roses.

    I help connect people to their flower spirit guides, and rose is my mother’s special guide. I would love to plant a rose garden for her to commune with these flowers more deeply.

    (My parents always had a rose bush or two in their garden when I was growing up, but I’d love to grow a full rose garden for them now).

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  408. Debbie on

    I guess I’m an Everyday Gardener. I used to sell cut flower bouquets at the farmers market but rarely used roses in the bouquets. However, I have probably killed more roses than many people ever even tried – :) – probably from neglect and also probably not having the right rose for the right spot. I’m a sucker for David Austin roses but unfortunately don’t have a climate similar to England! I have taken a long break from them (except for a few hardy survivors in my garden) but I have recently thought about trying roses again, (just purchased a Julia Child this past fall, my first rose purchase in over ten years) and would love to learn more about not only growing them, but selecting the right roses that will thrive in my area and my garden. Plus who doesn’t want a book full of pictures of beautiful roses? :)

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  409. Laurie Davis on

    I’m a Weekend Warrior who sells bouquets to my neighborhood to help pay for my expensive garden habit. I’m making the leap to add in a few roses this year.

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  410. Todd Newman on

    Aspiring Rosarian with my wife! We are just starting 4 4×8 cut flower garden plots in our yard to take a run at growing flowers in the North Georgia clay and climate (of course with some good compost soil). We’ve grown a few roses here or there in a bed or pot but really want to learn how grow sustainable roses to cut. Out struggle is getting it right and reading about Felicia’s six-step method of passing a rose for sharing and selling was impressive and encouraging. We want to first experiment growing and share the roses with widows and shut-ins at our church and community. Then expand to sell some to local markets and a few flower shops near by.
    Looking forward to reading Felicia’s book and taking a run growing roses in our cut garden.

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  411. Amanda on

    Aspiring rosarian! I’m hoping to learn how to get them to THRIVE. I have cared for several in the past and they never got big and bushy and loaded with blooms at all. Thank you for doing this!

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  412. Almetra Weaver on

    Weekend Warrior, aspiring to be an Everyday gardener! I purchased my first three roses ever from Menagerie and had to drive them all the way home with me to FL. I am inspired by Felicia and enjoy learning from her. I struggle with black spot in Florida’s intense heat and humidity and nearly lost all the foliage from all three of my roses but with perseverance they have come back strong! I look forward to her book to learn all I can from Felicia’s success.

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  413. Tiffany Charles on

    Aspiring Rosarian! I’m currently growing annuals and have added a few roses to my garden to experiment with as cut flowers. I have zero experience with roses so any knowledge I could gain would help so much. I’m in zone 8b Florida and my roses still haven’t died back. So I have no idea when the proper pruning time would be. Send help! Lol

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  414. Lita on

    Inspiring! I share many of the favorite roses- and swoon over photos of roses in anticipation of the coming season!! I follow menagerie on IG and love the photos and Q&A :)

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  415. Beth Snively on

    They are all so lovely! I am an everyday gardener who has never had any luck with growing roses. I look at all the photos and dream of being able to grow and share them someday!

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  416. Emily on

    Everyday Gardner! How to successfully grow Roses!

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  417. Joyce Sherman on

    Weekend warrior. I love roses and would like to learn how to keep them healthy for a longer period as mine seem to die after a couple of years. The shrub type roses are my best survivors but the David Austin types are my favorites for beauty and scent.

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  418. Michelle P on

    I’m an Everyday Gardener! This year my friend is letting me use some of her land to grow even more cut flowers. I’ve never grown roses before, but they are her favorite. I would love to learn about the nuances of growing roses so I can grow some just for her as a thank you! She is helping me spread even more joy through flowers by giving me land and I know it would mean the world to her if I grew roses as well.

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  419. Ramya Kailas on

    Aspiring Rosarian . My husband and I both love roses but whenever we have planted them we have had the plants affected by diseases. I am hoping to learn to take care of them better and be able to enjoy them.

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  420. Marcia on

    Everyday gardener! I would love to get started on growing roses-the one plant I have not tackled yet. Reading this interview and learning about her book and gardening experience have convinced me it is time to start and I am looking forward to her book for great ideas.

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  421. Donna Young on

    Weekend Warrior although I aim to spend time in my gardens every day after work! I grew up in Texas. My parents had 5 acres beside my grandparents 5 acres. Together we had a huge veggie garden! My mom let me plant flowers wherever I wanted! I grew a lot of roses, gladiolus, cocks comb,etc. I have always loved gardening and now am adding so many new things to my own garden including more Roses! I look forward to reading your book to learn more how to grow them correctly

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  422. Kim on

    Currently I am a Weekend Warrior because my garden is so small, but I have great aspirations and do lots of planning and dreaming when I’m on the tractor!

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  423. Carol Coulson on

    Weekend warrior. I love roses but have not been very successful. I look forward to learning more about them from an expert.

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  424. Sara on

    Congratulations on your first book, Felicia! I am at the beginning of my flower farming career and never really gave a second thought to growing roses for production until reading your 4 part rose series, Erin. I had no idea how diverse and drop dead gorgeous roses are! When I think of a rose I still think of the ugly grocery store ones since I’ve never really seen any in person aside from the ‘Knock Out’ varieties. With that, I want to learn EVERYTHING. How do you harvest roses? How do you strip the thorns? What are the best planting practices? How do you properly feed and care for them? What varieties do best with moderate neglect since I practice modified dry-farming? So many questions, I can’t wait to dig into this whole new world of roses!

    Also, I love having the book set up to instruct The Weekend Warrior, The Everyday Gardener, and the Aspiring Rosarian. That kind of “pick your own adventure” so to speak sounds incredibly helpful and fun. I imagine I’ll fall into the first two categories, and maybe farther down the road into the last one. We shall see though!

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  425. Abby B. on

    I am a beginning rose grower, but life long rose lover. Hoping to learn how to grow roses successfully/which roses to choose for our hot hot hot Nebraska summers! These articles have been enthralling – so looking forward to reading Felicia’s new book!

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  426. Melinda Rathmell on

    LOVE ROSES!!! 🌹
    Thank you Erin and Felicia for your Q and A!!
    Love learning about new women flower farmers! New to me, anyway.😆
    I am an everyday gardener on my 100 year old craftsman bungalow piece of property in So Cal. I have started a small plot for cut flowers this year and have always grown roses!! I have about 40 roses.

    My problem with roses, is that I don’t have anymore room for more!!🤣 I can’t wait to read about the tools you love and seeing your property and hearing of all your knowledge!

    I am looking at my next door neighbors side yard, that is adjacent to my driveway, and am thinking I might ask them if I can plant roses there! 😂😂

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  427. Monica Bailey on

    Aspiring Rosarian!! I have never actually grown roses but I am so excited to this year! There are so many beautiful ones I didn’t realize! I can wait to see the beautiful bloom. I am excited to learn all I can about roses!

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  428. Gina D'Apolito on

    I am an every day gardener who dreams of growing roses but I feel defeated every single season by the insects ( Japanese beetles) and the deer. This year I have a plan to protect from the deer but the beetles and Ohio humidity are still my nemesis! I remember my grandmother had beautiful roses and she would start a cutting under a glass canning jar in her garden and dunk the beetles in kerosene but I think there are other ways to succeed! Congratulations on your book I have followed your farm on Instagram and wish you the best –
    ps. thanks Erin for giving us an avenue to learn about all the amazing ‘scientific flower farmers” in the world it is eye-opening and inspiring

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  429. Jennifer Guidry on

    I can’t wait to read Felicia’s new book. I’m an everyday gardener. Have raised roses for 30 years or so. Have always had Austin roses. Love all the different types of roses, but those are my favs. Have grown hybrid perpetuas, noisettes, damask, gallicas, polyanthas, and hybrid teas. My biggest problem here in zone 9 is black spot. If this book has new ways to combat this, it would be a blessing! Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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  430. Tara Davidson on

    Weekend warrior!I am hoping to try my luck again with these beauties. I live in GA and struggle with black spot on roses! I have sprayed and sprayed but it is awful! Hoping her book will give me some new ideas! I would love placing some roses with my zinnias from Floret! 😊

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  431. Jenna on

    Weekend warrior, hopefully everyday gardener this year. We just moved to a farm and I am carving out a spot for a flower garden. I, like Felicia thrive on research and am trying to get my hands on as many resources as possible. I am in Texas, actually Chambersville is my go to nursery, I love walking through their magnificent rose displays and am so inspired to take this info from Felicia and see what I can do. Thanks for this series Erin, it has been captivating.

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  432. Mindy Northrop on

    Aspiring rosarian, dreaming of a formal rose garden.
    I’d be thrilled to get lost in daydreams inside the pages of her book.

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  433. Liana on

    Weekend warrior. I would love to be an every day gardener, but I am still working on finding a way to accomplish that goal. I added roses for the first time to my garden last year. I have always been told how temperamental roses are to care for, so I avoided them; however, I can no longer avoid roses! I honestly didn’t know cabbage roses existed. Crazy I know, but again, I avoided roses at the nurseries. I figured any plant as temperamental as roses would take too much time which I have very little time to spare. Hence the weekend warrior. One day I inadvertently saw a cabbage rose in an acquaintance’s garden, and I fell in love!!! I have added 5 roses to my garden, but my inexperience is showing. I look forward to ordering a copy of the book because my roses and I need help!

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  434. Betsy Morgan on

    I am a weekend warrior who has just started gardening so I’m pretty confident that I will learn something on every page of this book! Technical information on soil will be particularly helpful. Thank you!

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  435. Kim on

    Every day gardener. Roses are just starting to catch my eye. They have always intimidated me, but I think I am ready to dive in!

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  436. Ruth Crownhart on

    When it comes to roses, I am definitely a weekend warrior at best-I have one pathetic little rose that grew last summer despite my neglect. The deer pressure at out home is incredible so, unfortunately, I’ll most likely not have roses lining my walkway.

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  437. Lisa Coleman on

    We started a Lavender Farm in 2014 that we are now living at fulltime. I want to expand to cut flowers including roses. I figure if you want to be successful you learn from the people who are successful. I bought your books, A Year in Flowers and Cut Flower Garden, recently. I love roses and they look beautiful with Lavender. There is a huge difference between growing roses in the garden and growing roses for production. I can use all the help I can get. I know deer love roses so hopefully will get some tips and tricks for keeping them out. (P.S. My birthday is January 25th. This would make an awesome birthday present! ;-))

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  438. Gretchen Robinson on

    Hello; I am an everyday gardener and growing flowers, herbs, and vegetables is my most life-giving hobby. I live in the Puget Sound area, and I stopped growing roses years ago because I did not want to spray for black spot. Erin’s and Felicia’s rose stories are enchanting snd so inspiring! They make me want to give roses a try again!

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  439. Andrea Winters on

    I am an aspiring rosarian. Originally from the Pacific Northwest where I could stick anything in the ground and it would grow, to north Texas where it honestly can be a challenge! We have purchased 2 acres and are building our dream home and gardens, as empty nesters and planning retirement, I want to grow roses, lavender and cutting flowers to eventually sell to farmers markets and local florists. We’ll have herb and veggie gardens as well. I need all the education I can get! I have all of Erin’s books, and look forward to Felicia’s book as well!

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  440. Sam at Fairview Farm and Flowers on

    I grow roses for my wholesale clients here in New Jersey. We get a lovely June flush but the heat and humidity make the second flush pretty lack luster. I’d love to know more about getting things here tuned up better for a real strong second showing. Looking forward to reading the new book!

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  441. Gabriela on

    I’m an everyday gardener, but this will only be my second year with my roses – I have so much to learn. I’d love to read all about growing a cut rose flower garden.

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  442. dana waite on

    I am very passionate about scent and colour in my very humble cut garden. Roses just send me into ecstasy. I would love to have Felicia’s upcoming book.

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  443. Lynn on

    I’ve always had a love for flowers since I was a young child ( thanks to my mom) and have passionately shared my love of gardening flowers with my 5 children! One of my daughters has caught the rose bug and has sparked my love for roses. I have a few in my gardens that need some TLC and I’m positive the new book will help me grow wonders! Looking forward to its release!

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  444. Hart Loftis on

    I’d say I’m an everyday gardener!:) I’m hoping to learn what varieties of roses are great for cut flower arrangements (it seems the current roses I’m working with just fall apart in the vase..but I can’t find a single popular cut rose in bush form!).

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  445. Jacquelyn on

    Everyday gardener 😊 I would love to learn how to grow roses! I have one rose bush and every summer every single leaf on it gets eaten by some pest. I haven’t added any other roses because I just figured they would get eaten as well. The rose bush always comes back to life but I would love to learn how to care for them! I loved reading the interview!

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  446. Melissa Georgieff Champany on

    Gardening has been a part of my life since my childhood. I’m a combo of weekend warrior and daily yard wander/grower. Felicias book would give me the key to my heart…and help me overcome spots and mold!! I love roses and have moved so many from house to house. Now, that I’m in my forever home, I can’t wait to fill it up!

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  447. Alison Pugh on

    Thank you for passing along such beautiful information and resources—you are an inspiration! I am an everyday gardener who loves to deepen my knowledge and understanding of every plant I grow. Roses are special to me because they were my mom’s favorite flower. She installed a rose garden in every house we lived in while I was growing up, and there were many (talk about a curvey journey!). Our homes were often different, but they all smelled of roses, and that smell is home for me.

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  448. Amy Claborn on

    I’m a weekend warrior but new to the rose game! I love learning about the different varieties and can’t wait to put some in the ground!

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  449. Catherine Palivos on

    Everyday gardener wanting to recreate the memory of a beautiful small front garden I remember seeing in England overflowing in roses.

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  450. Camille on

    So excited for this book! I am an everyday gardener who finally added roses to the garden last year, and can’t wait to learn more about them.

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  451. Becky C. on

    I have never had much interest or the patience to grow roses even though I enjoy their beauty and fragrances.
    Felicia’s lovely book , however, has intrigued me enough that I would love to explore the world of roses and the joy of adding them to my garden. Also, congratulations to Felicia with her new book. How exciting!

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  452. Teresa Dirks on

    Hi I am everyday gardener. I grow cut flowers for my own use and also family and friends
    I have a small collection of Rose’s and I always looking for ways to care for my roses. I love old garden roses and plan on adding some more climbing roses to our farm. Thank you for the rose knowledge . I have really enjoyed reading the article. I want to add Growing wonder my garden library.

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  453. Patricia Barberry on

    Hello! As a grower of cut flowers, I just had to incorporate roses as I find them to be breathtakingly beautiful. I’ve cautiously, yet somewhat successfully have added roses to my garden for the past 3 years. My dream is to have a wonderful selection for my customers/ brides, and to have a well established selection in time to semi-retire from my current job. To learn from Felicia would be great! A dream of mine is to create something magical for my grandchildren to have and reminisce about as adults. I also want to share with anyone who loves flowers and appreciates the unique beauty that is the rose. Thank you to both Erin and Felicia for this opportunity . 🌹

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  454. Yolanda Gonzalez on

    Weekend warrior. I don’t have much time to spend on my garden, between full time job and kids, I would really like to learn to garden more efficiently. I would really like to learn how to prunne and feed my roses. It is so regarding to admire my garden after a long day. Thanks!

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  455. Jessica Missel on

    I am a Weekend Warrior at home and responsible for some public landscape maintenance at work. I have three David Austen climbing roses that were splurge 3 years ago when I was still renting. I would love to learn how to cut roses properly, without taking too much from the plant.

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  456. Carissa on

    Everyday gardener here – honestly I’d like to learn how to grow roses that thrive. I don’t think I’ve ever knew that you could grown roses in zone 4b. If I had the right kind of rose that was well suited to our conditions and had the right resource I’m excited to see what I could grow.

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  457. Andrea Beshuk on

    I think i consider myself an everyday gardener. As a new empty nester in a new home i am just delving in more deeply to different flowers varieties and so excited to be planning a cutting garden this year. I have often struggled getting my roses to simply thrive, and think I would like to understand a little more about organic methods of disease and pest prevention but I love roses so much, they’re worth the struggle!!

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  458. Mary Dunn on

    I would love to be an Aspiring Rosarian, but time constraints make me an Everyday Gardener. who, while caring for my 100 year old Father, I become most times a Weekend Warrior. I have loved and lost many roses through the years. I live in Missouri where humidity and high temperatures in summer wreak havoc on my plants. I love learning, reading and researching better growing practices to help me increase my chances for healthy beautiful roses I can share. My two daughters roll their eyes when someone asks me about my flowers and beg “please don’t get her started!” I am extremely excited about Felicia’s new book and learning from her experienced and extensive knowledge base!

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  459. Tina on

    Loved reading this and timing is everything. I am actually at the beginning stages of adding roses to the cut garden and our landscape. Felicia’s book would very much come in handy in helping me get started on the right path. I am an everyday gardener which could very easily be turned into an aspiring rosarian. 😊

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  460. Maryellen Ellis on

    I’m so inspired!! I’m a weekend warrior, trying to learn all I can about cut flowers and now roses. I love putting bouquets together and giving them away. It would be awesome to add some beautiful roses to the mix. Can’t wait to get this new book, thank you Erin for introducing Felicia and her roses to us.

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  461. Arlene Pepin-McConnell on

    Weekend Warrior and the others to follow… work a full time job but gradually expanding the boundaries to territories unknown! Like a sponge: absorbing it all to hopefully be able to do all that our heart’s desires and health allows 🌸❣️

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  462. Sarah Wright on

    I absolutely love the roses stories Erin. These interviews are so touching and inspiring.. I have finally gave myself green permission to just run with my gardening dreams and let my passions come to life.. Since reading Ann’s journey I have started my own plans for a true roses garden addition…
    I have my eyes on a few beautys Felicia has to offer as well.. So excited for her book..
    Thank you both for this beautiful interview ❤

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  463. Britany Lundberg on

    Though I daydream about my garden and my garden projects daily, I am a weekend warrior. My partner and I have just purchased a home in the Sacramento Valley. The yard is a blank slate (overgrown in some areas or simply covered with bark or cobbles in others). I plan to fill it with flowers, food, habitat. There are so many things I think I could learn from Felicia’s book, but I will start with selecting species, soil prep, and planting.

    Thank you for the beautiful interview and blog post!

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  464. Liz Sanders on

    My mother an avid gardening and I developed a love of roses from her. Last summer my young girls and I opened a farm stand at the end of our road and I am on the hunt for more lovely flowers to grow for our family and friends to enjoy!

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  465. Sue Rodgers on

    The coronavirus shutdown and subsequent closure of the company I had worked for for 20 years and a fall for my aging mom led me to move back to my childhood home on 2+ acres in MA. I dug up and redesigned several perennial gardens, built raised beds and seriously considered a cut flower business. I’m still not sure about the end goal but meanwhile reading all I can and buying more plants/bulbs/seeds than any non gardener could understand, adding gardens as I go.

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  466. Cynthia Peacock on

    Hello! I am a beginning flower gardener (just recently ordered and received some floret flower seeds!!) I have common roses around my home, but really want to have a rose section in my flower garden. I love “old world” and unique roses. We have just started offering our farm as a simple wedding venue this past year. I would love to cultivate a cut flower garden, for our community, to enjoy a “pick your own” option along with beautiful photography options, and bouquets for brides and special occasions. I am also an educator so my dream for the future is to offer field trip days for students to experience a “real life” flower farm, and to offer classes for young and old.
    I love to read, and soak up as much knowledge as I can. I know the “Growing Wonder” book would be a valuable help in learning how to plant, care for, and share a variety of stunning roses! Thank you!!

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  467. Heather Henry on

    Hi! Loving all of the Rose knowledge. Thank you, Erin, for this awesome discussion. I am an Everyday (mostly) Gardner AND an Aspiring Rosarian if that’s possible! I have long been passionate about Roses and as an avid gardener of flowers and herbs I am learning about growing Roses in the damp warm climate of Florida. It’s happening… slowly. I’d love to learn more from Felicia’s new book about growing in warm climates and how to amend soil if needed. I do struggle with our damp soil. Still the Roses I have are determined! I am looking forward to reading Growing Wonder! And I’d be very grateful to be a recipient of Felicia’s bare root Roses if it so happens. Thanks for offering these gifts. Cheers!

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  468. Alison Schoales on

    I am a budding cut flower grower in zone 5b who wants to focus on flowers with glorious fragrance, hardiness, and powdery mildew resistance. A book like Felicia’s, jammed with the knowledge and experience she has, would be an important addition to my library and definitely up my growing game!

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  469. Lori Cloud on

    I would consider myself an Everyday Gardener and a Aspiring Rosarian 😁. I love flowers, plants and trees and have an uncanny memory for sponging up information about them! I too, had to drop my life to care for mom with Alzheimer’s- 3 1/2 yrs. I so related to Felecia’s story, and loved her shared story. This year I am purchasing some new roses for a rose garden on my new property on the Rogue River. I am aspiring to sell them along with other items I grow. I want to really present top notch rose ! I would treasure having her Felecia’s book and knowledge.

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  470. JENNIFER HARLEY on

    I am a weekend warrior that have ordered from David Austin. I would love to learn more about how to keep these very beautiful plants looking good season after season. I keep getting very thick canes that dry up. I know it’s the not knowing and in no way the plants. Love getting to know all the special rose growers.

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  471. Jodie Morrison on

    Thank you for inspiring me Felicia and Erin! I am a very small flower farmer. I am going to add roses to my never ending quest for happiness.

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  472. Katie Stutts-Shiver on

    I am an everyday gardener. It is my happy place and my gardens are ever expanding! I’ve always loved roses. This old house that we bought was surrounded with them. Some were diseased, some were undesirable but there was one that I knew I could never part with. When we renovated the back patio and garden area, it was the one roses that I transplanted and moved into what is now my rose patch. I added 5 new rose varieties last year and have 8 more coming this year. I am totally hooked. I would love to learn more about organic disease and pest management, pruning and propagating new roses from cuttings.

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  473. Sarah Murray on

    From a Weekend Warrior to a full time farmer! This is my first year flower farming on a larger scale and I can’t wait for my roses to bloom! The first flower I ever grew, was a climbing rose bush. A college graduation present from my mother after playing under her bushes on our family arbor for 21 years. I can’t wait for this amazing hook to learn about protecting roses and tips/tricks to getting the most beautiful blooms. Thank you both! 🌹☺️

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  474. Jayne on

    Hello! I am a weekend warrior who aspires to be a Rosarian! I started with 8 bareroots last year in containers and hope to expand this year.. concerns/questions around transferring the container roses to their permanent locations (when/how) without disrupting bloom season!

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  475. Leah Adair on

    I’m a weekend warrior gardener who looks forward to spending more time beautifying my yard and garden. I honestly used to turn my nose up to roses because of aphids. I’m looking forward to reading her book and finding the perfect climbing rose for my zone and location. :)

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  476. Toni Albers on

    I’m so inspired by your interview here and have always been eager to learn more about tending my roses. I have some family heirloom roses that I love and want to learn to care for them better so that I can hand them down to my children and grandchildren. So excited to read Felicia’s book. I am a weekend warrior with my flower garden, everyday gardener with my vegetables.

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  477. Stephanie Eberle on

    I am a beginner although I’ve had roses in my garden for the past 3 years all still alive thank goodness. This past year I’ve noticed a couple developing a disease of some sort I think. So I’ve been doing a ton of research and I’m so excited about Felicia’s book. I’m hoping this resource will help me identify and prevent any problems I may have with my roses this upcoming year.:-)

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  478. Cheryl Halsey on

    I have started a DA rose collection, along with some other tried and true varieties. I would love to add a few more! Looking forward to reading your book, as I contemplate my own rose business venture. Thank you, Erin and Felicia, for sharing your dreams and knowledge.

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  479. Chris Moore on

    Thanks to the gifts of retirement, I am an Everyday Gardener. And I’m fining when you garden every day, there is less to do! Imagine that! My biggest struugle with toses is the cursed black spot. It’s such a heartbreaking disappointment. Love the interview.

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  480. Gloria Sizemore on

    I’d say I’m a weekend warrior, I tried going roses before and the Japanese beetles took over and I quit. I don’t want to give up, I want to try again.

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  481. Rachel W on

    Weekend warrior whose biggest struggle with roses is when to stop buying new ones! My husband has rolled his eyes at me more than once.

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  482. Caprice Teske on

    I’m definitely a Weekend Warrior – Flowers have always made me happy, but the pandemic made me realize how much I enjoy cutting and creating arrangements from my backyears. I appreciate how “Growing Wonder” is presented to speak to a wide audience of flower lovers.

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  483. Michelle Dealy on

    I’m definitely an Aspiring Rosarian who also lives in the high dessert with hot dry days and cold winters. Lots of challenges when growing roses. I’m excited to read Felicia’s new book and hoping to learn more to help grow my rose garden and actually be successful! Excited for the challenge.

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  484. Isabella on

    I’m an “Everyday Gardener” gal:) I have dreams of being a flower farmer and aspiring rosarian but that’s all they are right now, just dreams. Since I don’t have the opportunity to be those right now I’m just a hoarder of knowledge, learning as much as I can for someday. I would love the opportunity to learn all things described above about Felicia’s new book, selecting varieties, growing roses successfully, and gaining the knowledge and confidence to grow my own beautiful garden roses someday:)

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  485. Krystal Fairbrother on

    Hi! I’m a flower farmer and an aspiring Rosarian! Being a black flower farmer in the south is definitely not a common profession around here, haha, however I’m reaching out to the internet to find as many sources as I can to continue to grow my farm and love of flowers. Through Menagerie’s book, I’m hoping to gain a better understanding of how to grow and take care of roses, especially roses in this humid southern heat.

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  486. Amy on

    I’m an Everyday Gardener who has a few roses but am interested in learning how better to incorporate them into our perennial beds as well as the best ways to overwinter them here in Cleveland where the temperatures can get into the single digits during the winter.

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  487. Paula Olivares on

    I am in everyday Gardener and I never get more joy than when I get a small order that I can just lose really walk to my garden and gather for and put it together. Or on the rare days when I have no orders to fill and I can just make something special for ourselves! The love of roses came from my grandmother Rose who I and my 10 month old daughter I’m named after. I am mostly looking forward it to learning the best ways to cultivate Roses by what to add to this soil and pest control and best Harvest and post-harvest techniques. Thank you so much for sharing us and for taking the time to share it!

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  488. Ellen on

    Oh what an amazing giveaway!! I have to say that I am only a weekend warrior when it comes to gardening; but i would LOVE to learn how to select roses(my daughter’s favorite) for my garden!

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  489. Kelsey on

    As a nurse, I am only available to dedicate certain days of the week to my love of flowers, so I guess that makes me a weekend warrior who dreams of becoming an everyday gardener! I enjoy researching and absorbing all the information available and can’t wait to add “Growing Wonder” to the top of the list. Looking forward to learning more about growing roses in containers as well as rose varieties that work best for my climate. I just love the simple joy that growing flowers brings into not only my life but to the lives of others as well!

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  490. Debbie Piper on

    Hello, I’m a Weekend Warrior because of work but love David Austin Roses in Blush, peach/copper and orange to yellow colors. In our previous home I had several roses…not David Austin’s that grew well in our Portland, Oregon damp, mild climate. The only problem I had was black spot. The damp is hard to combat for me so am wanting to learn more about how to prevent/cure this and other diseases/insects. moved in 2021 to another area of Portland to a home with over 40 different rose bushes! Yeah, I know this doesn’t sound like a lot to you but to me it was huge! Sadly, many of the bushes were over 40 years old and were diseased. I had to remove them. Now, I’m very excited to landscape our yard and include several of my favorite David Austin roses…with some education under my belt. Thanks for the opportunity to learn!

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  491. Nancy abreu on

    I have been adding to my rose garden and yard for the past 4 years. Most of my roses are David Austin roses. I hope to sell my flowers locally at some point. I would love to add some of her best roses to my collection and read her book. there is so much to learn and would love to learn her secrets . Thank you Floret for all you share with us.

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  492. Candy Horton on

    A beginner who has dreams of creating a beautiful peaceful place to enjoy my life and family. I am hoping to learn how to grow roses in my garden.

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  493. Ivonne Fitzsimmons on

    I am an everyday gardener and have tried growing roses with limited success. I would love a copy of Felicia’s book. My mom’s name is Felicita so I know how unique that name is. I would like to improve my gardening skills to honor my dad who recently passed away. He was truly gifted with a green thumb, there was nothing he couldn’t grew from veggies to roses. . Me however, not so much. I hope to continue to improve my skills each year.

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  494. Susan on

    Thanks for providing this interview, what an amazing journey. Wow, I really admire the thought and care taken to cycle new roses into the farm. 5 years of careful planning and tending, bravo! I would love to be a rosarian, but the finicky reputation of roses has kept me away. But no longer! Those English roses look too dreamy not to try them in my garden!

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  495. Gabi on

    Weekend Worrier! I am a beginner, so much of the information will be new and informative to me. I would love to learn to properly prune and train my climbers. Right now my biggest struggle is affording all the roses I want. To be fair, I want a lot. Thanks!

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  496. ann reichert on

    I am a weekend warrior who spends most days in my garden. Koko Loco and French Lace are probably my favorites of the 40 roses I am growing. I moved houses because I had outgrown my last garden. Can’t wait to read this book.

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  497. Jeanette on

    I am a weekend warrior who loves roses. I was so sad that when we moved cross country last year I had to leave my roses behind. No other flowers in my yard brought me such happiness through their beauty!

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  498. MARJORIE on

    I am an everyday gardener, with warrior tendencies on weekends and my favorite staycation activity, and a budding rosarian! I read everything “flowers” I can get my hands on, and would love to add Felicia’s book to my collection.

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  499. Gwen on

    I have not tried Rose’s yet, but would love to try them. Floret got me hooked on dahlias and so why not try roses too.

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  500. Lisa on

    I am an Aspiring Rosarian and I am obsessed with David Austin roses and Bicolor roses.
    I would be interested in learning which roses are best for cutting and also which roses do well in cold zones like Minnesota.
    Also roses that will tolerate more shade.

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  501. Gabby on

    I have six bushes and have learned so much about them over 5 years. My goal is to have a beautiful rose garden with a center table so my daughter can have tea parties. I’ve learned so much from this blog, thank you for all that you post I truly look forward to reading it.

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  502. Lavina Yoder on

    I’ve always dreamed of having a rose garden. We bought our home last year so now I’m excited to make that dream become a reality. I have no experience with roses and have a vegetable garden too so I suppose I’d fall into the weekend rose gardener category. I’d love to have enough roses that I can share with others and I’d love to learn from Felicia’s book.

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  503. Lorraine Gangsei on

    I am an every day gardener but I don’t have a lot of experience with roses. I am hoping to learn more about the various varieties and my biggest struggle is deer!

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  504. Hema on

    I am blessed with a beautiful rose shrub in my garden (left by the previous owner) and inspired to grow many more. Viewing Erin’s blog and reading David Austin’s English Roses, I can’t wait to read Felicia’s Growing Wonder book as well. Thank you for all the resources gathered and published here.
    Hema

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  505. Shari K. on

    I guess I’m a weekend warrior during the school year and an everyday gardener in the summer as I’m an elementary school teacher. The biggest hurdle I have up and coming is learning how to prune both the bush variety and the ramblers. I’d like to grow a climbing variety to be part of our hedge above the garden gate. I’m so thrilled about your book!

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  506. Susie Marglin on

    Working as a nurse and having just had my first child I “puttered” in the garden when possible. I grew a few roses in the SF Bay area till my husband took a job transfer to Seattle and we lived in a rental with no garden! We finally got a home of our own and my daughter began school half day so I planted sweet peas and a ‘Dainty Bess and a ‘Just Joey’ with mixed success. I enrolled in a local junior college and took several courses that resulted in a “Certified Retail Florist Certificate” only so I could take a bunch of flowers from my local grocery store floral department and make a special statement about those handful of flowers that said this is a “Susie” not just a Safeway bouquet. I need someones years of experiences, growing, cutting and arranging roses which doesn’t come from a sitting in a classroom. Where to began?

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  507. Kris Sinclair on

    I’m a bit of all three types—although I don’t sell my roses but rather I give them away, which gives me huge pleasure. This time every year I want to rip up our considerable lawn and plant, plant, plant! I have about 100 bushes. Can’t wait to read your book and since I’m in sacramento, I’d love to come visit.

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  508. Debbie Glasco on

    As a micro grower, I’ve been adding roses to my field over the past three years and will continue to add more every year. My intent is to have as much knowledge to grow consistently beautiful roses as possible! Their scent is completely intoxicating and my customers love how much fragrance the locally grown roses have. With Erins latest series on roses, it has inspired me to reach for rosarian status.

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  509. Trina Williams on

    Hello! As an Aspiring Rosarian I struggle with several issues. The area that I would most like help with is learning the different varieties of roses and how to incorporate them in my flower beds and landscape. There is sooooo much to take in! I am nearly dizzy after reading this interview and looking at the beauties that were shown. I want them all!

    I have three David Austin roses that I planted last year. I’m looking forward to receiving the book and adding additional plants this spring. I’ve no doubt that your book will be a gateway for my rose adventure!

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  510. Lisa on

    Three years ago I moved into a new home adorned with an old rose bush that I became determined to revive. I’ve been seeking out resources everywhere I can find – joining the American Rose Society as well as visiting local plant nurseries. I’m now an Aspiring Rosarian with plans for a full rose garden and continued growing interest in both preservation & hybridization. Thank you so much for this series! It’s been such a joy to read.

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  511. maytee on

    Everyday gardener, I fall in love with flowers and I hate that I have to pick and choose because of limited space. I love roses, I love irises, I love anything that blooms!

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  512. Catherine Fulbright on

    Everyday Gardner. A lifelong gardener but always learning. Building a new cutting garden to fill my home and community with the beauty of flowers. They are my savior through this time of isolation.

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  513. Miranda on

    I am an everyday gardener, aspiring rosarian. Recently I inherited a couple of very old, very neglected roses that I am currently trying to revive. I found that pruning roses is very therapeutic in the winter with the anticipation of blooms to come. I would like to learn more about pruning and fertilizing to optimize my small but very loved garden.

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  514. Kathy Fiero on

    I am newly retired and hoping to become more that a weekend gardener this growing season! I love the colors and look of roses and have been enjoying making bouquets from my flower garden to enjoy in my home. The addition of roses would make them even more special! It would be wonderful to have Felicia’s knowledge at my fingertips!

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  515. Melanie Miller on

    I’m definitely a Weekend Warrior when it comes to roses. I inherited my dad’s few rose bushes after he died in 2018 (one of them is Charlotte which is listed as a favorite here!). He planted them in honor of my daughter, his first grandchild, whose middle name is Rose. I’m looking for good sources for general rose care as well as planting in small spaces. Thanks so much for these blog posts!

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  516. Kerry on

    I’m not sure what you would call me, but I would love to be an Aspiring Rosarian. I’m fascinated by the history and journey of the rose and how it has captivated and inspired us with its beauty and symbolism throughout time. I adore roses in every form and habit and own many, many, MANY varieties, which thrive in spite of my benign neglect all around my little city lot. My children think I am absolutely insane to keep planting more, but I will never stop! Any book devoted to rose gardening today, that could help me get a better handle on bringing more health and order to my little wilderness would be greatly appreciated. I can’t wait to order my copy.

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  517. Kirsten on

    Learning to be an everyday gardener. Learning to guide and nurture the roses I have so far.

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  518. Anne Branco on

    I am an herbalist and a Maine Master Gardener. However, my least amount of experience is with roses. I am very anxious to learn more. We purchased the house we currently reside in two years ago. I am starting the gardens from scratch. I basically have a blank canvas and would love to incorporate roses into my new garden plans. Deer are a constant challenge for any Maine gardener so I am also anxious to learn about any special tips for keeping them at bay.

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  519. Sharon K. on

    Weekend warrior– but posts and books like this make me want to do more!

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  520. Sophia on

    I’m a weekend warrior! Although I’m wandering out into my garden every chance I get. I’m a newbie to roses and just got 2 new babies to grow. I need all the basics on keeping them healthy so I can have them long term!

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  521. Christi Rollans on

    I am too a dabbler but I trim, water or fluff something I am growing every day. I am in Arkansas so sometimes it is very challenging growing any plants. I always plant something
    somewhat native to my area but it is hard with the changing weather. Also I have terrible soil – clay & shale. I do tons of pots on the patio but the heat really takes its toll from mid
    July till mid September. I love the old roses – color does not really matter – because the fragrance is my weakness. I love the smell of roses. I have alot of trouble with the black spots
    on my roses that have been impossible to get rid of. I’m hoping I can learn more from your input concerning growing beautiful roses & other things.

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  522. Daniela on

    Deer have eaten all of our roses this past summer. We are redoing our garden and hope to add some roses as we figured out how to create deer-proof area for them. I have been drooling over the varieties that Mebagerie sells. They are so beautiful.

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  523. Abby Miller on

    I am an everyday gardener to aspiring farmer, starting my first business with flowers this year. Roses have not been very productive for me and I am eager to learn more! There’s nothing more beautiful.

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  524. Angelena on

    I am just starting with David Austin Roses this year, my second year in cut flower business. So I would say I’m in the everyday gardener experience level. Newer to roses, but not new to farming flowers. I love all the knowledge you both have to offer. Would be such a treat to win the prize to expand my knowledge on roses as well as my stock! One day I’d like to be in the aspiring rosarian level!

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  525. Kristin on

    Weekend Warrior! I just ordered my first roses and have everything to learn about managing them.

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  526. Darcy on

    I’m anEveryday Gardener with aspirations of becoming a true Rosarian. I would love to not only fill my home with exquisite blooms, share them with my friends and family, and eventually use my homegrown beauties in my floral design studio.

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  527. Karen on

    I’m a weekend warrior counting down the months to retirement! I started with four roses last year and now my list is 4 sticky notes long! I want them all and realize I do need a plan before I have roses arriving before the beds are prepared.

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  528. Amanda Welch on

    Everyday Gardener. Love gardening but I only have a couple roses and am always too nervous to spend the money to try new ones. Therese Bugnet never fails in my zone 4. I have three.

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  529. CL Evers on

    I would call myself a backyard “dabbler” in all things roses and flowers, with a few veggies and a couple citrus trees thrown in. However, I’m dabbling most every day, so I guess that makes me an Everyday Gardener. Felicia’s interview connected with me as I have ties to Sacramento, a father who has had melanoma, and a love of flowers and gardening from my Mom who had a serious green thumb. I could use help learning how to keep roses alive through our very hot, dry summers (AZ).

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  530. Katelyn on

    Hi, I’m an Everyday Gardener. I would like Felicia’s book about roses because I have been struggling with diseases, limited blooming and stunted growth with garden roses for several years. I’d like to get my roses to grow enough so that I could actually appreciate the flowers. I also would like to learn how to grow roses for cut flowers.

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  531. Mary Thompson on

    I have very little experience with growing roses, but I did successfully take cuttings from the rose at my childhood home before it was sold! Since I have been growing cut flowers, I have seen how beautiful roses are in bouquets, and am now an aspiring rosarian. I would love to learn EVERYTHING Felicia has to teach us about rose growing! Thank you for this opportunity!

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  532. Erin on

    I’m am everyday gardener. As we have been redoing our new backyard, I’m dreaming of a dedicated rose garden section. I have a couple already but it is definitely a new area of gardening for me that I want to learn all I can.

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  533. Barbra Yuhas on

    Thank you for the story. It’s giving me the motivation to continue my idea’s of having a small flowers and rose’s garden. Maybe a shop.

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  534. Shirley Barth on

    Aspiring Rosarian! I have several roses from Felicia already and I’m hooked! I hope to learn how to better care for my roses in our challenging zone 9a!

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  535. Allison on

    So excited! My middle name is Rose and I associate roses with my mother because since I was a child my mom liked growing and caring for her roses, also her first name is Rose. Now, I’ve grown up and planted my first few roses last year and was pleasantly surprised by how aromatic and pretty they were. I want to grow from this experience and learn how to keep my roses healthy. I’m thankful there are experts and resources available to help novice everyday gardeners.

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  536. Emily Soule on

    Hello! I am an “Aspiring Rosarian”. I have quite a small collection in my garden so far, but my sister in law and I have big plans to add several more varieties in our garden this summer. My biggest challenge is that I live in Alaska! We live in zone 4 which makes it a challenge to find very many hearty varieties. We also have very strong winter winds, so I am a little worried about whether or not my roses will return this spring. I will keep trying until I have figured it out. I have a long way to go, but it’s worth the work! I love roses so much, I named my daughter my first baby, Rose.

    It is my hope that my little Rosebud and I can learn about gardening with roses together and share this love.

    Whether I win a signed copy or not, I will definitely be purchasing a copy of your book. I couldn’t be more excited about it.

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  537. Wilma Okazaki on

    I want to grow roses in Hawaii
    Even tho everyone says it’s not a good idea. Hopefully, the book will give me the opportunity to grow them.

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  538. Terrilynn Dunford on

    Week end warrior for sure. I live in south Florida, so growing roses can be a challenge with all of our heat and rain. Not to mention lots of bugs! I’m looking forward to this new book. I’m sure the pictures are gorgeous and that it’s full of helpful hints to perfect my rose garden.

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  539. Alexandria Russell on

    I was in California visiting family and took her Pruning workshop last January. Wonderful! Great barefoot roses too!

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  540. Sheryl larson on

    I have been following Menagerie Flowers for a while now and am so inspired by all that she has created. I love that she is so willing To share her knowledge with all those that love roses. I can’t wait to paint my beds with some of her beautiful flowers.

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  541. Brynn on

    Everyday Gardener, but very intimidated by roses! The biggest challenge has been climate (PNW). I’m hoping this book will give a boost of confidence to expand my rose collection and tend to them properly.

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  542. Julie Garcia on

    Weekend warrior! I’d love to know more about roses! They are so incredibly beautiful!! It’s hard to choose a favorite, so they are all my favorite! :~D

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  543. Maria Honkala on

    I own a small flower farm in Vermont where I sell cut flowers from my own gardens. I believe Roses are my very favorite flower because my maternal grandfather raised them in his garden in the Hudson Valley of New York. As a child I followed him up and down the rows of roses while he hand picked off the Japanese beetles and lovingly watered his beautiful roses. I knew then I would always have roses in my garden. Vermont climate is a challenge for Roses but I persevere. I cannot wait for this new book to be released!

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  544. Kelly St. Romaine on

    I immediately went from a Weekend Warrior to an Everyday Gardener when my sons went off to college. This past year I discovered the joy of sharing my flowers with friends and bringing them into my home to enjoy. The beauty and glorious scent of something I nurtured from seed always makes me smile. Although I successfully grow many garden plants and flowers, I avoid growing roses, mostly because I am intimidated by them. I think it is time to add them to my garden. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  545. Chrissie Zavaglia on

    I am an everyday gardener. I hope to learn more about rose selection and planning out my spaces. My big challenge is I have almost too much space. I am already struggling with watering and weeding. It is hard to stay focused on what things will be in 5 years and how to make it manageable. Right now I just want one of everything!!

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  546. Crystal Clark on

    Weekend warrior on roses. I only help my neighbor care for her 3. I don’t have any in my own garden because they seem like they need too much care. I’m never sure I’m pruning them correctly but would love to learn. I would love to have lots of climbing roses some day though.

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  547. Florence Lam on

    Wow I’m in love with roses. But with declining health.have not be able.to tend.to my roses
    I can live vicarously thru you.
    Sure.miss these roses.
    I live in Vancouver, BC. Canada.

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  548. Kristi McDonald Baker on

    I’m a newby! Is that an option? I guess an aspiring rosarian is closest. I’m completing the landscaping on my new home build and roses of many varieties are on the plan. I’d like to learn everything from planting to how to care for these beauties!

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  549. Deborah Herzberg on

    Everyday Gardener to Aspiring Rosarian.
    When I retired, I moved to a small house on a large lot-my goal for years. First off I started filling the existing beds with roses. Then I started adding new beds. The large backyard faces South so I could plant roses anywhere. On my previous standard-sized lot, I had room for only a few roses and only a narrow side yard faced South. Here I could plant to my heart’s content. Or so I thought. Once I started ordering rose bushes, I realized that I could easily fill the entire range of beds. Since I have also rarely met a flowering plant I did not want to grown and also wanted to grow fruit, I did have to control myself. Now I have many bushes of all sorts- perhaps 25-30 of them. Aside from ground-cover roses and one climbing Eden, they all have scent and tend towards the older varieties. Here in the Pacific NW, I struggle with blackspot and other wet weather conditions but I don’t use anything non-organic. Mostly they thrive and being outside on a warm June day is an unmatched experience.

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  550. Terrie Hamilton on

    I am a weekend gardener, but when I retire, hope to become full time. The high school I teach at is scheduled to demolish it’s rose garden of 50+ years. It’s beautiful by the way. My hope is to get instructions on how to successfully transplant the few that I can save to my home garden and hopefully get help on identifying the varieties chosen.

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  551. Olivia Orosco on

    I am probably more of a weekend warrior, but aspiring to be an everyday gardener- I hope the book makes this a reality! Excited for the flower sale on Thursday :)

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  552. Martha Anderson on

    I’m an almost daily gardener and my biggest issue is choosing just a few roses to grow in my limited space. I will purchasing Felicia’s book immediately and can’t wait to see it!

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  553. Janet Wamboldt on

    I am an everyday gardener with a focus on flowers for my own enjoyment and that of anyone I can share them with. Roses of course are indispensable members of the flower garden family. For me, they have been as challenging as they are beautiful and I would love to have the benefit of your expertise and knowledge via your new book. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  554. Jennifer on

    I am an aspiring rosarian, but—I haven’t planted a rose, yet. This season I have opportunity to start a collection, and I am struggling to keep within my limits, how shall I ever choose?? I haven’t bought Felicia’s book yet, and I keep looking at it, thinking I really need this information to guide me on this path. My grandmother loved roses, and grew them, and it feels like I must have inherited her love of them. I just hope I can grow them, even as she did. If you forced me to choose one cut flower, it would be roses. Double, heirloom roses.

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  555. Cindy Rogers on

    I am an everyday gardener with plans to grow more roses for flower arrangements. I would love to read Felicia’s book and learn to grow amazing roses!

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  556. Elisheva on

    I’m a Weekend Warrior from zone 5b. For the past so many months I’ve been obsessed with flowers. Dahlias and roses in particular. I’m hoping that Felicia’s book can teach me what I don’t already know. This opportunity is a dream come true and I would be grateful just to have her professional insight (the book), so the addition of the bare root roses would be a tremendous gift and resource, that I would greatly appreciate and treasure.

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  557. Rachel C on

    I’m an everyday gardener but I have NEVER grown a rose :( and I’m scared to spend lots of money on something I don’t know how to care for. I’ll be checking out this book for sure.
    How terrific would it be to win such a thing!?

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  558. Melissa on

    I’m a weekend warrior, and very new on my journey with roses—looking forward to soaking up all of her wisdom!

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  559. Diane Severeid on

    I am an every day gardener, I lesrndd a lot about roses from my dad who managed a large municipal rose garden here in Sacramento. But I want to lesrn more. And I crave fragrant roses!

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  560. Bethany on

    I am a beginner weekend warrior with high hopes for this coming growing season! I have so much to learn and want to ensure that I can keep my roses alive and blooming to add beauty to my yard and also be able to cut them and bring some inside!

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  561. Becky B on

    Everyday gardener! Struggling to dare to prune enough and how to set up my garden so it doesn’t waste water

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  562. Denise M Rolls on

    Roses are one of my favorite flowers and I would like to learn how to propagate them. The old roses are especially interesting to me. We live about 95 miles from Sacramento in the mountains and roses grow really well in our cleared spots that are fenced because the deer love them too. Felicia’s book looks so interesting and I am sure there is alot I can learn from her. Thanks for giving me a chance to win one!

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  563. Kate Formichella on

    I am a flower farmer/ florist on Cape Cod who didn’t listen to anyone’s advice and started growing bare root roses last year on our tiny farm. Knowing zero, I picked them by their name, kinda like I pick horses! I promptly got so busy farming and flowering weddings that they received no special care throughout the season, and did amazing. The first time I saw Desdemona bloom, I cried and every time they’d flush I was so surprised. I would Love to dive in and learn from Felicia & Growing Wonder since I clearly and happily have growing roses addiction without time to dig through the deep wealth of rose growing knowledge that floats out there online. Grateful.

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  564. Jill on

    Weekend warrior! I’ve never grown roses before but I’ve purchased a few (and likely will be purchasing more from Felicia!) to try out for the first time this year. I’m limited on bed space so I’m very interested in learning more about how to grow roses in pots/containers!

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  565. Kim Parker on

    I am an everyday “veggie” gardener that would like to add a new area to the vegetable garden for roses. I designated the space last year and filled it with good compost and mulch. Now ready to learn what type of rose to grow in my area and how to tend them.

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  566. Joan Smith on

    I have had many gardens my husband’s jobs required us to move many times. I am now 60 years old and settled into my forever home and beginning my forever garden I am most interested in Felicia’s book to learn all I can on the subject of roses can’t wait to start reading. Thank you, Felicia, for helping all of us beginners.

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  567. Audrey Andrade on

    I would consider myself an everyday gardener- after working a full time job. My rose garden was inspired by a trip to the annual Rose Festival in Oregon, purely by accident, 12 years ago. I knew nothing about roses, so I joined the local San Diego Rose Society. I learned much from former President Bob Martin, who has left this earth this past December. I still struggle with watering and extreme temperature excursions during the summer and growing roses for cuttings. I cannot wait to read Mrs. Alvarez new book. I’m also very excited how women have become industry leaders in the mostly male dominant agricultural industry. Applauses to Florets and Mrs. Alvarez for your contributions to the industry!

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  568. Myra H. on

    I’m still a weekend warrior due to my day job, but expanding my garden more all the time. My biggest challenge is learning what works and doesn’t work with my soils!

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  569. Terri on

    100% Weekend Warrior. Erin has inspired to make a garden in my yard and i have some seeds in route. I like so many have always loved roses and already have a few but definitely need more knowledge about soil composition and pest/disease control.

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  570. Ella on

    Hi! I am a teen from SD. I would say that I’m an everyday gardener. I love gardening because it gives me a chance to see the beauty and design in nature. I drive my family a little bit crazy because I’m always arranging bouquets, collecting seeds, or attempting to propagate my countless succulents. Roses are one of the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen. We have one live rose bush in our yard currently (I tried to plant one last year and it died) and I love the stunning pink blooms it gives us each summer, but one plant isn’t ideal when you are constantly picking roses to put in bouquets. I would love to get this book to give me more knowledge on how to care for the plant I have, and help on where to begin to start a bigger rose garden.

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  571. Gina V on

    I am a everyday gardner. I would like to learn more about cut flowers and what to do to make them last longer.

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  572. Casey mayhew on

    I can’t wait to read this book! I consider myself an adventurous garden beginner. Flowers have always sparked joy in my life. Over the years, I’ve longed to begin my own cut garden to fill my home and my friend’s homes with hand-made arrangements. Last year, I took the plunge and decided to build my own cut garden. I learned new skills, discovered some of the challenges and hard work associated with gardening, but I was able to fulfill my dream! It is my hope to continue to refine my skill set as a gardener and expand my collection!

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  573. Michelle Brown on

    I am in the everyday gardener category, I have been growing annuals for cutting for a few seasons and I am ready to learn what I need to know to add beautiful cutting roses to my garden! So many inspiring pictures, I hope to learn how to grow them this well!

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  574. Georgina Velasquez on

    I’m a Every Day Gardener, I ordered some of her Bareroot roses last year and now I’m hooked. I didn’t think I was a Rose lover , but I seen you talk about Koko Loco last year and the journey was on. I think what I like to learn from her book is growing roses for flower arrangements. For myself and for friends , I love to share beautiful flowers since I have the space to grow them. Like I tell my daughters I don’t have I green thumb I just keep trying. Hoping to learn from Felicia.

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  575. Amanda Moralez on

    I am a “I wish I could do this well” gardener. I have never dabbled in roses because they scare me, but I have decided to learn! The knowledge I have gained from your books Erin, has given me the scope to do things better, and I have realized it has been more about education and poor soil than a black thumb. With this newfound power, I hope to watch my garden beds come to life this summer with charm, color, and fragrance.

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  576. Mary M. on

    I am somewhere between Weekend Warrior & Everyday Gardener, and am excited to learn everything the book has to offer! I love my roses from Menagerie!! My biggest area of struggle when it comes to growing roses is finding places to put more! And maybe dealing with Japanese beetles.

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  577. Jennifer Kuhn on

    Roses hold good memories for me. My mom had a rose garden in her front yard with probably about 18 bushes. When she had to work the late shift during the summer, out of her four children, somehow I was chosen to water and fertilize the roses. I look back now and realize it was actually an honor to have been chosen to be a care taker of her roses. The neighbors would always comment on my mother’s lovely rose garden. Last year I planted two rose bushes in my front yard garden. I can see my biggest challenge will be protecting the plants from black spots.

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  578. Janet Green on

    I am an aspiring rosarian and have been slowly collecting David Austins over the last 20 years and hope to truly deep dive now that I have more time in retirement from my landscape architecture practice. I hope to visit the farm soon!

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  579. Miryan Garcia on

    I am new to growing anything, but am totally in love with flowers of all kinds. I have not been very successful yet but am learning a lot. I have several roses I have planted, I do my best to keep them healthy. I struggle with leeping rust off of them and some white dusty mold too. Nothing makes me happier than seeing the beautiful blooms. I have a couple I pruned that didn’t give me much flowers after pruning. I’m hoping to learn more about growing these beauties. Hoping to finally get a handle on the diseases. I’m a registered nurse who is loving this new passion I have found and that brings me so much joy. Looking out at my tiny garden and seeing beautiful flowers just makes my whole day better. I know I’m a better nurse because of this amazing joy I get from flowers. Who knows, maby when I retire I’ll have a farm full of flowers.

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  580. DEVONNA HALL on

    I am an Everyday Gardener, and I’m also uprooted! We sold our home and bought one without a single rose, so I’m starting from scratch! Wow! I never realized how much I would miss the roses at my previous home/garden. A wonderful opportunity and a serious challenge also to begin anew. I want to learn tips that will help my brand new garden be successful. I’ve already learned some new “must have” roses from this interview with Felicia. Thanks to both of you for sharing generously sharing your wisdom and knowledge!

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  581. Rikki on

    What a beautiful story, thank you for sharing! It’s wonderful to read that someone really can make their life around the beauty of flowers, especially roses. I’d like to think I’m an aspiring rosarian. What I’d love to learn from Felicia is really about being inspired, being given the permission to believe that you can have dreams like hers and to make something of yourself with it. It would be amazing to learn from her years of farming, winemaking, and being apart of the flower community, along with caring for and cutting roses. There seems to always be something to learn when it comes to flowers and Felicia’s book is, I’m sure, full of wisdom and inspiration I can hardly wait to read!

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  582. Sarah on

    Right now, I’m a Weekend Warrior who aspires to be an Everyday Gardener as my kiddos get older. I am passionate about cut flowers and the beauty they bring to life and what I hope to learn from Felicia’s book would be how to grow roses for cut flower use.

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  583. Sarah Havard on

    What an inspiring story! I’m so happy you found “Home” in every sense of the word. Congratulations on all of your hard work and success! I haven’t grown roses in 20 years but I am anxiously awaiting my first David Austin Roses! Looking forward to revisiting the beautiful world of roses! Can’t wait for your new book!!

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  584. Linda Sanguinetti on

    I’m in the learning stage. I have always loved roses and am determined grow some on my property. Your interview was very inspiring and I realized that we are in very close proximity. Thank you for sharing.

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  585. Erin R. on

    Oh, your rose photos were so wonderful, I swear I could smell their sweet fragrance. I am a Weekend Warrior who would like to become an Everyday Gardener. I have a few David Austin roses, and would like to learn about some good repeat-blooming roses.

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  586. Meredith M. on

    Weekend warrior here…really a complete newbie! Would like to learn where to start because I love garden roses so much :)

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  587. Natalie Sollo on

    I am a weekend warrior, who wants to move to the everyday gardener role. I love roses, have about a dozen so far, and want to fill my home regularly with them. I want growing and harvesting tips for best production.

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  588. Lee Ann Parrish on

    Oh my. I’m a wanna-be (aspiring?) rose gardener. Got hooked after reading Erin’s 4 part series on roses & more so after reading Felicia’s interview. The funny thing is, I wasn’t an avid rose person until a few years ago when my friend gave me some roses from her garden to plant in mine. I love what they add to a floral arrangement. Looking forward to reading the new book for more inspiration! I have a big backyard just waiting for some bushes!

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  589. Anita VanBerkom on

    At this point I would fall into the Everyday Gardener category for roses. Right now I have ten varieties of roses. I’m excited for the book because I really need help figuring out how to grow roses for cuts versus strictly for the garden. I struggle to get the stem length I need, the vase life I want, and to protect the blooms from deer.

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  590. Annemarie Greve on

    It’s been on my heart to start a rose garden dedicated to my Mom, who passed away 3 years ago.
    This is my “study” year. I am looking to read and research about rose growing throughout 2022, so I am able to start with some confidence when 2023 rolls around.

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  591. Kim Bensing on

    I am a floral designer and everyday gardener. This blog was wonderful. The roses are beautiful. The vintage style is everything I’m after. Thank you.

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  592. Leslie Peedin on

    I am slowly finding my way in my flower gardening journey. I recently toyed with the idea of growing roses on a larger scale, and the recent blog posts have only ignited that spark! I have a few acres of land and am now growing a vision for it. Roses that tolerate eastern North Carolina heat and humidity will be the stars, so I am looking for help and education!

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  593. Andrea Z on

    I would be a weekend warrior. I have little experience. I spent 2 years coddling a wild rose bush that appeared in my garden but couldn’t figure out how to deal with the worms that delegated it and it succumbed, so I guess pests management is a key thing I’d want to learn. I have longed for some of the David Austin roses but so few would work in our zone 4 climate.

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  594. delia on

    I am an everyday gardener in zone 2-3, Fairbanks, Alaska but new to growing roses so am an aspiring Rosarian :). I have managed to overwinter 4 roses in pots, in our root cellar for the last few years. I am hoping from Felicia’s new book to learn more about how to take care of these roses I’ve overwintered, to encourage better growth/more robust stems, how and when to trim/and propagate, and any recommended fragrant rose varieties to grow here under the midnight sun (we have up to 22 hours of sunlight approaching summer solstice and temps that range from 50’s to 80’s in the summer), given they will be overwintered in a 33F root cellar.

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  595. BC on

    I have to be an everyday gardener because I have about a dozen flowerbeds created over the last two decades that need lots of care…in addition to bushes and lawn. My challenge with roses has been (sometimes severe) cold winters, which have killed several bushes; one grew back from its rootstock so became a large red rose plant rather than a small yellow rose plant. My ‘Peace’ climber could look better as well. The pink ‘Knock-out’ has done well, and it looks very beautiful next to a blue (non-rose) caryopteris. The book sounds wonderful throughout, not only as a guide for growing roses, also as a guide to living with passion (at least flower passion!). And to win it and THREE rose plants would be a little bit of heaven–especially while in the grip of winter (which actually hasn’t been very bad at all, except for likely being an artifact of destructive climate change, so far). Thank you for the lovely interview stories. May you continue your parallel, world-beautifying journeys.

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  596. Dru Stevens (Pleasure Lake Farms) on

    Everyday Gardner here. I mainly grow lavender and dahlias but purchased two bare root roses from you last year and fell in love with them. The smell is like nothing else and I’m looking forward to learning more from your new book! They have done really well in my garden which was a surprise in our area. Thank you for sharing your love of the farm and flowers.

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  597. Helen O'Donnell on

    I loved your interview with Felicia, and learning about her journey. I would say I am an “Every Day Gardener” reaching for “Aspiring Rosarian.” I have a garden filled with 30+ varieties of roses and still long for more. I am looking forward to learning how to make my roses more productive and robust, while devouring all the knowledge Felicia has to offer to us.

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  598. Joanne on

    Absolutely beautiful, roses are my favorite! Love learning more about them and the fabulous people who grow them. Thanks so much.

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  599. Johanna Humbert on

    I’ve done well with some climbers, but have never delved into cutting roses. I’d love a jump start! 🌹

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  600. Casey on

    This was such a wonderful read. I am whatever is “newest to rose gardening” and am so excited about the varieties I have planned to plant. What I have been hoping for is a book as beautiful as Floret’s but for roses, and I can’t believe this article landed in my lap this week. I’m hope to learn all the basics of tending to roses so I can have beautiful blooms at home. I don’t have full sun in many parts of my yard, so I would love information on roses that do well in part-shade.

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  601. Joanne Scouler on

    I’m an everyday gardener in Boston. I find roses need alot of sun and they don’t like frigid winter weather. I’d like to learn the key tips to growing roses successfully. I love the roses with the big blooms.

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  602. Monica on

    I’m a weekend gardener aspiring to be an everyday gardener. My few rose bushes are often shaded by a neighbor’s tall trees so interested in learning about cut flower varieties of roses that thrive in less than full sun. Looking forward to reading the Growing Wonder book!

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  603. Mary Eileen Andreasen on

    When I retired in 2018, I became a Master Gardener though the Douglas/Sarpy County Extension at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. This led me to volunteer at the Josie Harper Hospice House in Omaha as part of the Master Gardener team that maintains the gardens around this special place. We are very aware that every view, out of every window, might be someone’s last glimpse into the natural world. We have such a privilege and want the gardens to be colorful, serene and soothing. Roses would add a lot to this landscape and could be cut for the residents. I would love to plant these spectacular varieties in our courtyard for all to enjoy. I am definitely an Aspiring Rosarian and need to learn all I can to beautify Hospice House for our residents.

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  604. Nicole Moyer on

    I am an everyday gardener, with a small variety of different flowers grown in my small yard. I am expanding my garden with more roses this year, so far I have 4 ordered, but I definitely think I need more, and after reading this blog post, it kind of really makes me want to switch over to even more roses! They are so beautiful, and I keep getting more and more obsessed with them!

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  605. Lynda Schrumpf on

    Weekend Warrior and aspiring flower farmer. I have been planting David Austin Roses for the last 4 years and now I’m ready to try some new varieties. Very interested in using them for cut flower arrangements. Since I live in Central California, I was so excited to see that Felicia’s farm is in Sacramento California. I’m looking forward to reading her new book.

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  606. Jennifer on

    An everyday sort of gardener who would love more to learn about feeding and pruning my roses for better cut stems.

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  607. Jesse Guest on

    What a resource. There is so much shared knowledge here. I love how the passion shines through. Thanks so much for sharing. So excited to grow a few roses and learn!!

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  608. Rachael on

    Everyday Gardener – but new to it! Excited about the peace and joy it brings and have been redesigning my front and back yards for that classic English garden feel – where roses are a must. We have moved onto new property so everything going in is new – including the rose list I have growing in my mind.

    I’m hoping to learn some foundational skills from Felicia’s book in hopes that I will give my new rose babies a good start. My biggest struggle with growing roses is the fear of killing them – so much so that I haven’t started! I’ve gotten all tangled up on the the multiple layers of advice so something to guide me would be very helpful.

    thanks Erin and team!

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  609. Merrilee Runyan on

    Along with the flowers I love the spirit of generosity that pervades this interview – there is something truly magical that comes from sharing these flower stories. I know that it is the beauty of roses as well as this sense of abundance and generosity that inspires me, in my 75th year, to grow more and share more. Thank you for this inspiring interview!

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  610. Melissa on

    I am a weekend warrior, but I grow many types of flowers and am starting on roses this year! I love books and want to learn the art of cut roses.

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  611. Gail Cline on

    I was a weekend warrior until we moved and left my many hybrid teas to the new owners.

    Now I am an everyday gardener. I have been tasked to care for the neighbors Queen Elizabeth rose bush after scolding him for using pesticides on it. I am once again hooked on roses. I made rose water for the first time last year with the organic Queen Elizabeth petals and spray it on my face every morning. I never knew how fabulous rose water feels and the light fragrance is amazing!

    I am excited to read Felicia’s new book and understand what causes black spot and learn how to keep it at bay.

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  612. Tanya on

    I am a everyday gardener. I have fallen in love with growning flowers. My first love is roses, but need help. I am looking forward to digging into Felicia book and learning everything roses.

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  613. Laurie on

    I got the rose “bug” when I was 8. My mother taught me some basics on the roses we inherited when we moved into my family home that was once owned by a man who grew roses for competition. But when we had to move a couple years later, we had to leave the roses behind. Fast-forward 45 years later, I now finally have land to be able to plant my own. Last year was the first year I was able to start planting roses for myself. I’ve kept up with rose care knowledge over the years as I am a landscape designer taking care of my clients’ gardens. Some ask me why roses are my favorite when they take so much work to grow. And I will tell them if they give me enough time! Now that I’ve begun flower farming as part of my business (I’m a Floret alum!), and because I also want to connect back to those great childhood memories, I am an Aspiring Rosarian. I’m looking forward to learning from Felicia on many aspects, especially rose care, overwintering, and favorites for hardiness. I’m also excited to look into her Menagerie Academy to immerse even more!

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  614. Jaclyn C on

    I am at the very beginning of my gardening story and haven’t had many opportunities to get my hands dirty yet. I’ve been saving my funds and think this is finally my year to get a small plot of land of my own. All the floret books and posts and mini video courses have been so helpful and encouraging, and I’ve been looking forward to cultivating beauty to share for years now. I’m excited to learn more from Felicia’s experience and words of wisdom, and want to try my hand at cut flowers to share but also in creating a space for gathering with rose bushes and climbing roses on archways.

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  615. Mary Ellen Howard on

    This is such an inspiring interview! I found Felicia/Menagerie Farm through Instagram and enjoy her feed and her “Garden Rose Farm Tour Friday” updates — I’d say I’m a cross between an “Everyday Gardener” and an “Aspiring Rosarian” :) I love roses, currently growing almost two dozen, and adding to my list of wants every day! Looking forward to Felicia’s sale this week and to getting her book! My biggest struggle is pest control. Living in the humid climate of the Washington DC/southern MD area, it’s challenging but I won’t give up my roses! I just adore them and I feel that learning to deal with each challenge just makes it that much sweeter when I see those beautiful buds and flowers blooming. Thank you, Erin, for sharing your knowledge and I look forward to learning more about your rose journey, and Felicia’s, in the future.

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  616. Becky Kimmons on

    I’m an everyday gardener always looking to learn. Garden roses are a love of mine handed down from my grandparents but I don’t have their knack for growing them.

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  617. Carol L deSousa on

    I am an Aspiring flower gardener which includes roses of course. The very first flowers I ever planted were Antique rose varieties. My grandfather used to grow beautiful red roses maybe that is where I got my first love of them although as a child I also hated the many thorns that always stuck me as I tried to touch them. LOL I only usually buy the fragrant roses because for me the scent is as important as the look. My struggle with roses has always been pruning them. Mine tend to get very leggy and even when I do prune them I tend to never get the full bushy look. I know I must be doing something wrong. Hoping Felicia’s book will help me in that area. I also really love to send anyone I know a potted rose to plant if they have lost a loved one. I think to give a Rose bush that will bloom for many years in honor of the loved one is a gift that will always produce happy memories! Thank you for the opportunity to win this amazing gift bundle!

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  618. Lisa on

    I’m an everyday gardener who’s just moved half way across the country, again! I am ready to learn from an expert about what I need to do in my new area. Every part of the country has it’s own challenges when it comes to growing plants, and especially roses!

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  619. Sarah on

    I’m not sure what sort of gardener I am, but I take great joy in working and growing things in the soil. I know next to nothing about roses, but I want to learn, because I love them!

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  620. Sarah on

    I am an aspiring to Darian and got my first batch of roses last summer! It’s been a treat to see their first blooms and I’m eager to see them bloom again this summer. I look forward to reading a trusted guide to learn all there is to care for these roses so that I have bigger better healthier plants season after season!

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  621. Kim Jones on

    I am a aspiring rosarian. I have just moved to Cape Cod and found that roses grow well here. I can’t wait to learn more and add more roses to my gardens.

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  622. Joanna on

    Aspiring Rosarian here but I am excited to incorporate some into my garden this year. I would love to learn and grow the most beautiful roses.

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  623. Tammy Regimbal on

    Everyday Gardner. I have 12 roses of varying types. By the end of our hot summer I have trouble keeping up with some pests and would appreciate some help. I provide bouquets to local fund raising efforts under the name Posy Girl and last week I lost my muse – my 13 year old Lab, Rosie. I’d also like to plant a red rose in her “spot.”

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  624. Taffie Bowman on

    I am currently a weekend warrior with hopes of being more than that as time allows in my life. I have grown several roses with minimal success due to lack of education. I have moved onto a new property and get to start from scratch with my gardens. I am looking forward to starting again with a deeper knowledge. Roses have a special place in my heart as I have great memories of beautiful roses at my great grandmothers house. Unfortunately, she passed when I was young and wasn’t able to glean information from her. Thank you for taking the plunge to share your information with others.

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  625. Kc Jochim on

    Spending all day and everyday on a farm you were raised tending to roses sounds like a dream. I follow Felicia and am wanting to now grow roses since it brings fond memories of my Grandfather . He spent hours tending to his rose garden, peaceful days spent outside. Heaven.

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  626. Alyson Dorr on

    I love roses and have slowly begun to add them to my cut flower garden- unfortunately, the deer (aka yard rats) love to eat the buds! Once they bloom, they leave them alone! I’m working to remedy that problem with companion planting and tucking some plants safely behind the garden gate! I enjoyed the reading interview and loo forward to the book!

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  627. Trish Pruden on

    I am the epitomy of a weekend gardener as a few hours are my only off time to really dig in. I have slowly expanded my garden each year and I have been adding Rose’s but nothing spectacular has become of my attempts. I am looking for all information I can find and it looks like either way this is a must have inspiration book. I get so much joy growing my garden and I love that it is inspiring my neighbors to garden.

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  628. Mindy Allen on

    I am as beginner as it gets. I’ve had two rose bushes and so far they have not done well because of my lack of education. I have started reading more and am trying to get a better idea of how I should take care of them before I buy anymore. I can’t wait to get my hands on this beautiful book!

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  629. Sandi Thompson on

    I am honestly a weekend warriors. I have grown heirloom tomatoes from seed nearly every year. Successful some years and not so successful others. I grow cannabis for my husband, who is a child of the 60s; I found I am better at that! Who would know? But I love cut flowers in the house and proud when I can take my friends a beautiful arrangement. I want to know more and have better outcomes with everything I grow.

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  630. Kristin on

    I would probably consider myself an everyday gardener. I have 15 different roses in my yard, 3 of which are climbers. It’s the climbers that I would love to know more about (where to cut stems from them, how to trellis and prune them, etc.) I love all that I’ve already learned from Felicia on her IG!r

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  631. Erika Bault on

    I’m a second year flower grower and hope to become a rosarian! I can’t wait to get the new book to learn more about harvesting and using roses in my cut flower business.

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  632. Desiree Garrison on

    I’m an Everyday Gardener who has loved roses for years, but the only ones I’ve been successful with are the ramblers I inherited from my Grandmother. When I went to Felicia’s site, I immediately fell in love with Honey Dijon and decided one way or another, I’m getting some of these once I find out if they will handle my environment, Zone 8B, where it’s “hot” and humid in the summer, but can get down to the 20’s in the winter, northwest Florida. Going to do my research on this so that means her book is on my list, as well as her roses.

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  633. Diane Serda on

    I’ve just retired so am transitioning from weekend warrior to almost everyday gardener. I have 20 rose bushes and would like to replace 2 that aren’t doing well or learn what I’m doing wrong. And anything I can learn to better care for my roses would be lovely. My Dahlia count will be increasing as well!

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  634. Laura Cochrane on

    This book is on my wish list on Amazon along with a few others but can’t want to be able to get my hands on this one. I love roses, I’m driving my partner mad with them!

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  635. Josie on

    I don’t remember who taught me to garden, so it must be one of those things I’ve been drawn to since I picked my first bouquet of wildflowers or planted seeds in our traditional Victory garden. I am a physical therapist by profession but took a master gardening workshop 12 years ago. My library has more gardening books than therapy books. Gardening is my therapy everyday, even in the harsh Pocono PA winters. Houseplants, Amaryllis, and gardening fill these winter months.
    My interest would be to grow roses I remember from my parents and grandparents gardens. Double delight and Angel face and Evelyn and Scentimental are the names I recall.
    The struggle is the harsh cold weather, short seasons, deer, and abundant shade and moist soil.
    Never too old to learn! I would live to be able to share roses and their companion plants!

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  636. Kathryn Casey on

    I think I fall under weekend warrior although that may just be for winter! I am loving this new experience of discovering roses!

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  637. Charlotte M. on

    I would vote myself as an aspiring rosarian. This is because I am getting my first rose in the mail this march! I hope to learn from her book how to grow roses in a hot climate. This is an ongoing struggle for me as an aspiring flower grower.

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  638. Linda Rathbun on

    Everyday Gardiner. My love for roses started 30 years ago when I bought a Madame Hardy when we moved to Maine. It’s an old rose with a intoxicating scent. I look forward to its bloom every summer. It’s also one of the most beautiful white roses I’ve ever seen. I’d like to learn more about modern roses, particularly repeat bloomers. Looking forward to this new book.

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  639. Darlene on

    I am a brand new rose gardener and I am hooked!!! The beauty is worth all the efforts, trial and error! I am an everyday gardener who longs to be a rose whisperer!!!!!!!

    Thank you for this giveaway! I am excited about this book! 🌹

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  640. Jessica White on

    Though I am certainly a “everyday gardener” when it comes to gardening in general, I don’t even know if I’m at the level of “weekend warrior” when it comes to roses! I have two rose plants that were on my property when we bought the house (one is a pink knockout rose, the other a yellow, more standard rose), I don’t know how to take care of them! The yellow rose bush is just so sad year-after-year despite my best efforts to revive it. I think Felicia’s new book would be a big help in *hopefully* being able to revive it as well as giving instruction on how I can prepare my soil for the addition of some lovely garden roses—I have starry-eyed dreams of climbing roses clambering over my shed and a row of shrubs greeting passerby’s along the sidewalk.

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  641. Cassie Page on

    I am somewhere between a weekend warrior and an every day gardener, although an aspiring rosarian sounds so romantic and something fun to work on over time! My desire when I read Felicia’s new book is to gain more confidence in my rose care. My biggest pinch point is fertilizing- how do I determine exactly what my roses need when there are so so many different types and brands of fertilizers and sprays out there. And so many different opinions! I am hoping this book sheds some light on that. Thanks Erin and Team Floret for this awesome giveaway! <3

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  642. Chelsea Shapiro on

    I am an Every Day Gardener. I have a Cottage Garden in my backyard and a “Meadow Garden” in the front. Roses are features in both. I love following all the rose stories!

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  643. Thomas Higgins on

    I’m retired so I suppose I fit the everyday gardener designation. I have always loved gardening, especially the roses. However, I seem to be rather inept at growing quality roses. I live in southwest Ohio which is very humid in the summer. I am able to control aphids and Japanese beetles, but desire guidance on soil preparation and control of blackspot. I enjoyed the discussion, and was impressed by all of the beautiful roses. I would like to use your book as my guide to successful rose gardening.

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  644. Janice Whiting on

    As a child, I ‘helped’ my grandmother weed her rose bed. We had a contest to see who could pull, dig out the longest run of Johnson grass. I always won, kept me busy, I guess. So, at 3 to 5 years of age, my love of roses grew because of my Gram. I am now 73, soon to be 74. I have a few roses, maybe 30. I no longer weed as I did when I was 40. That’s when my rose and perennial garden came into being. My problem is I love every flower I see. Finally, I am able to rip out that which doesn’t perform or is too labor intensive. I love love love Spring, like Summer and adore Fall. The arrangements I can create are always a joy for me. Pre pandemic, I created arrangements for my church. Now, just for my family and for me. I guess, one could call me an ordinary gardener. My favorite rose is Evelyn. It was a mystery rose I received years ago from Heirloom roses back when The Clements owned the business. I had to research this rose to find out it’s name and I was thrilled it was Evelyn, as this was my mother’s name. I will grow roses until I am buried along side them.

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  645. Amy Droz on

    I am currently a weekend warrior and taking the Floret Workshop in hopes to grow more flowers! My current plan is to grow flowers for drying and selling online, I would also love a personal garden for personal arrangements and pressing in the flower presses we sell online. I love the look of roses fresh, dried and press they are all so lovely! I planted my first David Austin rose bush this last year and am hooked, I would love to learn how to care for it and make it thrive in the California heat. I actually live just a few hours north of her farm and her book releases on the week of my birthday (Feb 7th) so I know her flowers would do great in my area!

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  646. Angie Stelzer on

    I would consider myself a Weekend Warrior. I have a suburban flower garden in the front and back yards of my house (small lot). Currently, I have 5 rose bushes spread out between the two areas. The more I read on roses (thank you, Erin & Felicia) the more knowledge I crave AND the more roses I want to add to my gardens! I would love to learn more about rose growth and best placement of specific types of roses. I live in central Texas, zone 8B – quite hot in the summer but usually mild in the winter.

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  647. Stephanie G on

    I am an Everyday Gardener who wants to take on the challenge of roses. I hope to learn everything from Felicia’s book! She is so helpful with all of her tips, and has the loveliest roses.

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  648. Mary Jaquett on

    I am a weekend warrior. I have always loved roses but struggle with keeping them healthy. Every year it seems there is a new issue just as they start to bloom. I am m hoping that the book will help with this.

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  649. Ashlin Wilson on

    I am an everyday gardener. I have some experience with roses but would love to learn more. I stay at home with 5 kids ranging from 8 to 1, so flowers are my sanity escape. I’m hoping to start growing cutting flowers, with potentially moving towards the business end of cut flowers in the next few years.

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  650. Brenda Hanrahan Waterman on

    I am an Everyday Gardener who has developed a sudden fondness for roses. I hope to learn the dos and don’ts of growing roses in an already flower-packed backyard. I always share bouquets with friends and neighbors so they will be thrilled to see some roses in the mix.

    Great interview, Erin! Really looking forward to the book, and the rose sales on the 20th. I have my wish list ready!

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  651. Dianne on

    Hello, I am an aspiring rosarian! Growing food, roses and wildflowers are my passions. My biggest challenge is choosing and keeping plants alive in a windy, short growing season, often smoky, high mountain zone 5. Thank you for the beautiful interview and pictures.

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  652. Christy on

    I guess I would describe myself as a weekend warrior. I am one of those people who lay at night and my brain runs amok. In the morning I have a new idea to make a new garden bed or add to a existing one. I will make a trip to my local greenhouses to get ideas. But if I see a must have I do impulse buy. Then try to figure out where to plant. I have little knowledge of plants that my grandfather passed on. I remember as a child I would watch him in the Garden asking him 20 million questions. He would answer them all. At the end of each season of growing, my heart was always full of what I had seen grown from nothing to something beautiful. I am new to your page and what to Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

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  653. Adrienne on

    I’ve been a Weekend Warrior and hopefully shifting to an Everyday Gardener with a focus on old/antique and fragrant roses and special perennials. I’m excited to read Felicia’s new book!!

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  654. Crystal Allison on

    While attending a recent meeting of flower farmers in my area, our local distributor mentioned that someone should focus on growing local roses here in western Montana. Most growers shrugged their shoulders and commented on how hard it is to keep roses healthy here in Montana. I couldn’t help but think back to the beautiful roses my grandmother had on our family farm (where I still farm). She didn’t have the internet to search and no social media to compare. If she could do it- why can’t I? I’m excited to add roses to our offerings here on our farm, and who better to learn from then Felicia!

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  655. Brittany Eilert on

    Everyday Gardener. I’m so excited about her new book. I would hope to learn how to get the very best blooms from my rose bushes. I’m truly clueless with roses. I’ve always been scared to try my hand at them bc so many people say roses are so tricky. Hoping Felicia’s new book would normalize roses for me as I’m purchasing my very first ones this year.

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  656. Amanda Heinbaugh on

    I planted my first rose on my Grandma Rose’s first birthday after she passed. The beauty and daily reminder of her loving presence brought me so many smiles that I have continued to add another rose or two every year. At the beginning of the pandemic, we had the best blooms we’d ever had and all of us would go out each morning to smell the roses and count how many new buds were coming along. It helped brighten those initial challenging and uncertain days. We live in the DC metropolitan area, but we lease land where we also grow rice, beans, along with other grains and vegetables. I was surprised and excited to learn that Felicia also has rice production on her farm! Our oldest daughter also shares a love for flowers and we’re looking to begin to incorporate cut flowers into our offerings. We recently acquired a new space with a lifelong lease so are able to dedicate an area to perennial flower production. My personal connection to roses means that I would love to have them be a part of this effort. We have high humidity in our area and have a lot of issues with black spot and am looking to learn more about disease control along with tips for post harvest handling. We’re also looking to get a boost by getting an idea of what varieties are popular with customers so that we plant something that will not only be able to thrive in our area, but is marketable.

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  657. Kayla Roberts on

    I am hoping to grow my knowledge by gaining all rose information that I can. I have ordered roses from David Austin and they have survived, but I want them to thrive! I need to nurture them in a better way, so my investment brings an abundance of beauty and joy!

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  658. Darin Denzler on

    I’m an “Everyday Gardener”. I moved to Coastal NC (Zone 8a) a few years ago and started growing flowers and vegetables in raised beds. I have three large beds now but I’m enlarging! I just can’t seem to stop playing in the dirt! We recently cleared an area in the backyard and I have decided to make it a formal rose garden. I have a couple of roses already (JFK, Peace, Electron) but I’d like to add at least 7 more! I’m new to growing in the South since my previous gardening was done in CO and CA. I’d love a book on roses to help me with the planning. I’m looking forward to Spring when I can be out in the “dirt” again!

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  659. Meredith Brown on

    I am a weekend warrior when it comes to rose experience! I always want to plant roses because – ROSES! And my husband is very turned off by them, as he believes they take a lot of special care and are difficult to grow. I remember a miniature rose bush my mom had in the front yard when we were kids. We were always snipping blooms off to take to our teachers or friends. And Mom was by no means any kind of gardener. It just bloomed for her all the time, every year, with no special care. I would love to learn basic care and tips to help roses THRIVE so I can enjoy them in my garden!

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  660. Brenna Kennedy on

    I am an everyday gardener with dreams of being a rosarian. With Erin pushing me to dream bigger I’ve acquired 3 more acres to play with! I’m pretty sure that won’t be enough;) Rose’s will be around every corner!

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  661. erin on

    Im an everyday gardener who wants to become a rosarian- an aspiring aspiring rosarian 😂 I want to take care of my babies so they will thrive!

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  662. shannon stoney on

    I’m an everyday gardener. My biggest challenge with roses is figuring out how to prune them.

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  663. Jeffrey Funk on

    I consider myself a weekend warrior when it comes to roses and gardening in general. I am always wishing i had more time during the day to stop doing the things i need to do and more time to do the things i want to do. Other than learning about what varieties you have had success growing, i do struggle with pruning. My roses may smell beautiful but they are not the most attractive of plants without some shaping with the secateurs.

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  664. Antonia on

    Everyday gardener over here! I started gardening during Covid lockdown and have been hooked ever since. I’m longing for spring to see my roses again and to add many new ones to my garden. My biggest struggle is Japanese beetles! They ate through so many of my beautiful roses last year.

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  665. Audrey on

    Dear Felicia and Erin, thank you for this interview and giveaway. I’m an Aspiring Rosarian. My house is a cottage on Main Street in my small town. While planning my gardens I was fortunate to meet Master Gardener Novie who only grows antique roses. Over the years as I’ve helped her in her garden, she has imparted knowledge and rose clippings. I now have a beautiful white Lady Banks over my curved front door, and in springtime it smells like violets as you enter. Many others have made up names since they have been passed down over the years, but my garden now includes some “modern” roses that are repeat bloomers. I see several in the interview I’d love to add! I’m looking forward to learning more about better propagation methods and pest and disease control.

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  666. Nicole Connelly on

    Thank you so much for this interview and the inspiration! I REALLY love your process for field testing. Rose hell is very similar to a lot of not so formal field testing we do with varieties of all things at our place. We are a small family farm growing vegetables and flowers for our community, and are Aspiring to a ‘growing for market’ Rosarian status – in addition to a few formal rows, we would love to establish some plantings as part of a ‘permaculture’ food and flower forest concept we are putting in place as well. I’m hoping to learn about what roses thrive in the south and how best to (feasibly) protect them from the dangers therein (heat, humidity, acidic soil, deer deer and deer. and squirrels. probably some of the squirrels dressing up as deer. Japanese beetles. and all of their friends…etc.).

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  667. Jamie Williams on

    I would consider myself to be an Everyday gardener, but when it comes to roses I am definitely a newbie. I added a few to my garden last fall and am excited to see how they do. I have some older roses on my property and have struggled a lot with aphids on those ones. Would love to learn more about growing and keeping these plants healthy!

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  668. Rebecca on

    Weekend to Everyday. I live in Seattle so one thing I am always hoping to learn is how to balance plant needs against our rainy winters!! Also container tips as I have large digging dogs! I am a busy child welfare attorney and roses and dahlias and all the floret and menagerie advice and guidance provides a wonderful change of focus for me!

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  669. Charity on

    I’m somewhere between Weekend Warrior and Everyday Gardener, depending on the week. I planted my first David Austin roses last year, and I’m eagerly awaiting to see how they perform this spring after our winter cold snap in the PNW, and my trial & error with companion planting. The biggest challenges I’ve come across so far are white fly and deer – excited to learn more about rose care and production in Felicia’s book. Thank you for the wonderful interview and inspiration!

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  670. Violet Hayes on

    I’m definitely an everyday gardener… altho these rose posts are bumping up the dreamscape to include relocation to my own farm with space to trial roses…In the meantime I hope to learn more about feeding roses for healthier plants.

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  671. Cathy MacNeal on

    Hi – everyday lavender farmer here. I have roses on my property and want to learn more, especially how to take care of them and what varieties to plant. Wonderful interview. Thanks, Erin!

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  672. Pam Kenyon on

    Right now I seasonally grow flowers for clients along with growing our own vegetables. I am strongly leaning towards becoming a flower farmer. I inherited my aunt’s property in upstate New York where there were several rose bushes. I have no idea what kind they are but I do know they are BEAUTIFUL (bugs think so to). You and Erin have inspired me to follow my dreams. Thank you for that

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  673. Connie on

    I’m a weekend warriors when it comes to roses. I like a good vintage fragranced rose for the garden.

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  674. Hannah on

    I am so excited for Felicia’s book! I am a weekend warrior. I grew roses on my apartment balcony after reading about Grace Rose Farms here on Floret’s website years ago. Now I’ve expanded my collection a little bit more every year and even attended local Rose Society meetings and events to learn more, but my collection is still small. I hope to have a yard someday where I can plant a LOT of roses and keep a long running wishlist. My biggest struggle is that humidity and pests make my roses look blah all summer long. In the Fall they look amazing because those problems have subsided. I like cutting and bringing the roses inside so I’m always trying to learn how to select for those qualities. I often end up picking the “wrong” rose plants because I get caught up thinking how amazing the bloom will look, and forget to really understand if that whole plant would be good for my area and growing conditions. Thank you for interviewing Felicia, Floret! Loved this whole rose series.

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  675. Kelly Hill on

    Currently a weekend warrior, but dream of becoming an Aspiring Rosarian! I want to learn all the things! I have started collecting a few roses, but I want to be able to grow them big enough to have gorgeous cut flowers. Thank you!

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  676. Suzanne Cerrone on

    I am an Everyday Gardener intoxicated with roses. I struggle with pest management and timing for overall plant care. I have so many flowers per shrub, but they get wild and I am uncertain when the proper pruning timing is and how much I can cut. Not knowing, I cut them to fit my space essentially. I assume doing so, I am limiting my flowers? So much information is needed :) and I can’t wait to read Felicia’s book. I am over the moon excited!

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  677. Meghan on

    Everyday gardener, I guess. Roses are my absolute favorite… especially fragrant ones. I would love to learn more about general care as my environment can be tough for roses. My hot and humid climate is my biggest struggle with roses. I carefully choose them after researching and reading as many reviews as I can find. My family will be moving to land soon, and I will be taking as many roses and other perennials with me as I can. I can’t wait for the space to expand my collection!

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  678. Rebecca Mackle on

    I am an everyday gardener with a mostly shady yard in Seattle. I have a climbing rose and one hybrid. I love both but know little about taking care of them and my grafted hybrid has reverted to its original red. Still pretty. Anyway I am excited for your book as I would love one more rose but really want to hone my rose growing skills first. The photos in this article of you in your beautiful rose farm are magnificent! What a lovely life you made for yourself. Truly inspiring.

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  679. Celeste Baross on

    I would say that I make room in my life to be a Daily Gardener with Rosarian dreams, in between teaching art classes to children and young adults. (There have been amazing still life paintings of rose bouquets coming from these students!…prompting lots of outdoor landscape painting sessions in the summers here). I have experimented with many kinds of roses…I currently have 60 in our small corner lot in amongst the flowers, vegetables and fruit trees I’ve planted…and hope to plant more and to learn more about healthy varieties for our area, as well as natural pest control and essential rose nutrients.

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  680. LaDonna Kruger on

    I am probably a weekend warrior in the winter months but a bit more in the summer. I used to have several roses when we lived in Eastern Washington, but 20 years ago moved to Western Washington where we have deer who love to eat roses. Hoping I can find a solution so I can enjoy rioses again.

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  681. Megan Wisener on

    Everyday gardener when it’s above freezing! My biggest struggle with roses is the thorns- dumb, right??!! And the Japanese beetles.

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  682. Jennifer Orkisz on

    I am a weekend warrior who would love to be an everyday gardener. I work full time as a teacher and in the spring/summer days I walk outside amongst my flowers as soon as I get home and it is super calming! My biggest struggle has been how to feed my roses. I have dogs and if I compost around the drip line they dig up the ground. I have had several years of knockout roses looking very thin. I would love to incorporate more roses and find out better varieties. :)

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  683. Kendra on

    I would say I’m an aspiring Rosarian! I have been growing roses the last several years. I would love to learn more about helping your roses produce well – one of my favorite things is sharing the flowers I’ve grown with others!

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  684. Lori on

    I’m an everyday gardener and aspiring rosarian. I want to take my love of roses from just an emotion to a realistic farm addition! I want to be able to care for them and choose them the best for my area and needs.

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  685. Martina on

    My love of roses all started with my Aunty Bertha’s Ruth Alexander climbing rose bush that arced over her garden gate. How I wish I could find a Ruth Alexander rose for my garden now! They seem to be nowhere to be found. I’m an everyday gardener and lovingly tend to 65 mature Pink Simplicity rose plants from Jackson and Perkins framing the property line. Neighbors often stop and say that seeing the roses in bloom makes their day.The roses are in bloom from April to November.They go full tilt in June.There are about five other variety roses in the backyard. Biggest problem is blackspot. That and not being able to find where to purchase a Ruth Alexander rose plant.

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  686. Nancy Harris on

    I am somewhere between a weekend warrior and every day gardener. I have always had roses in my gardens but would say that I am far from an expert. I prefer what I call antique roses that still have beautiful fragrances. I love roses for bouquets but especially adore climbing roses over a trellis that fill the garden full of fragrance. When my children were young, we once dug up a seven sister rose on the side of a dirt road and that was the most beautiful thing I think I ever saw and it smelled so scrumptious. I would love to learn more about roses from Felicia’s book. She seems like an awesome lady with a world of knowledge. Thanks for introducing her to us.

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  687. Andrea Horney on

    I would consider myself an everyday gardener. I am slowly adding more rose bushes every year. Roses hold a special place in my heart. I always make people smell them when I give them a bouquet to show them that they are different than the grocery store type! I would be interested to see what recommendations the book has for disease control and pruning.

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  688. Tina McPherson on

    Everyday gardener- I’m hoping to find fragrant rose varieties, and learn how to winter them/grow them in MT. I love giving bouquets away and my daughters And I are already followers of florets and have grown amazing flowers. Now to add some roses!!
    Wonderful interview!

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  689. Mary Alison Williams on

    I look forward to reading the new book! These days I try to get my hands on any books written about roses. From new ones online to finding them at flower shops or even thrift stores. I really want to focus on my rose garden in 2022. I have a whole new area to plant them this Spring. Where I currently have my roses.. I struggle with soil and getting that full sun. The new spaces I will be planting in I will have really great well drained soil and full sun. I only planted one yellow rose in this space in 2021 and it did well. I look forward to transplanting some of my roses to the new space. I have a new order of roses coming in the spring. And def looking forward to expanding my garden with a few new David Austin roses

    I’m a daily.. home gardener and have been since my 20’s. (I’m almost 42)

    Thanks for this blog! I loved it.

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  690. Pamela Smith on

    I am a Weekend Warrior. I would love to learn when or if I should spray my roses for black spot. And pruning information would be great. Thank you so much for sharing this opportunity with us. Love your work.

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  691. Constance Clover on

    I am now retired and now have time to really indulged in my passion for gardening. I first started planted heirloom roses in San Diego as a Weekend Gardener ;in my 70’s moved to Bodega Bay California. In that foggy climate still tried to grow my favorite roses against a south facing wall to limited success. I am now residing outside of Reno, Nevada in a area called Spanish Springs. Dry,windy and drought are my challenges here and I need help in attempting to establish a Heirloom Rose garden I pre ordered your book and would appreciate any help and support offered

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  692. Crystal Wallace on

    Everyday gardener here! I’ve always grown veggies, but last year incorporated more flowers into my garden and !wow! the garden really came to life. There were pollinators and birds everywhere. So now I’m going to be a rose mama. (Fingers crossed).

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  693. Sarah on

    I’m an everyday gardener who is new to growing roses as I only planted my first bushes last spring! Roses have always been my favorite scent and I’m so excited to learn more about how to care for them properly. I hope to someday have them climbing all over my property!

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  694. Katie Shelton on

    I’m an everyday gardener. We just built a house and have been starting our yard and garden from scratch. It’s been so fun to discover that gardening is my favorite hobby over the last 2 years. I grew up with wild red rose bushes everywhere and always put roses at the bottom of my flower list because I thought that’s all the was. One day I flipped through a David Austin catalog and kept gasping outloud much to the delight of my husband in the other room who teased me all day. I ended up dog earing 30 varieties and said to myself, “guess I love roses and didn’t even know it”. I’m excited to finally plant my first roses this year.

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  695. Erin Moore on

    I would say we are everyday gardeners. We have 7 young kids at home so there are some days skipped ;) , but it has become our joy to watch our garden grow. Our garden has grown more each year. This year we are tackling 4 new flower types with different varieties of each. We are beginners when it comes to roses and are so excited to learn really all the things! We are moving to our new property with acreage and our dreams of a rose garden are abounding. We plan to start in pots this year and transplant to our land in the coming years. Thank you Erin and Felicia for sharing what you have learned and your passion for flowers with the world.

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  696. Shawna on

    I am so excited to read Growing Wonder!!! Roses have always had a special place in my heart. I grew up spending time in my babysitters rose garden, her and I would spend our mornings caring for her collection of roses and to this day the smell of a rose makes me think of my childhood. I am a weekend warrior and last year was my first year growing a few roses of my own. I am most looking forward to learning about disease control, as this is something I struggled with last year. Honestly though, I am truly looking forward to learning anything and everything that the book has to offer. Thank you for being so generous with your knowledge.

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  697. Lorraine Keller on

    What an amazing inspiration. I am a weekend warrior, soon to be everyday gardener (retiring soon) and an aspiring rosarian. I have roses throughout my garden and am always looking to add more. I can’t wait to read Felicia’s book and learn more!

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  698. Kimberly Manning on

    I am a master gardener, completing the course when I lived in Washington, DC in 2004, but now I live in Northern Idaho, where all the growing conditions are completely different. I grew up in a family that gardened outside of Seattle, Washington, so my start in gardening, composting, and generally loving the garden came from my parents, especially my father. I took Erin’s Floret workshop last year and learned so much, but will repeat much of it this year (thank you for lifetime access!) to hone my skills. I hope to add lots of roses as I continue my quest to transform the beautiful property I have been blessed with, into a world-class resort property. Thanks for this wonderful series on roses, I can’t wait to grow more!

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  699. Patti Shiels on

    Experienced gardener, Master Gardener, lifelong gardener. 83 years old and still learning, digging and loving flowers.

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  700. Rachel Hardy on

    I am an every day gardener with a special preference for roses! I have plans to plant nine roses this spring! I’m quite partial to David Austin’s Roses, but I firmly believe that ugly roses don’t exist. 🌹

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  701. Shannon Brown on

    Weekend Warrior
    I am an aspiring cut flower farmer in the process of finding and buying land. My journey has just started and I need all the help I can get! Flower farming is a big risk for me, but it’s a dream I can’t get out of my head… so I’m going to try my hand and see how it goes. Thank you to you and others who have started the journey before me and make it a little easier to trudge through it!

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  702. Jinah Kim on

    I am a weekend warrior. I fill my days working as a nurse. I recently started gardening flowers when Covid hit, to promote mental health. I dreamed of starting a rose garden since I was in college which was 25 years ago. How time flies. This year, I moved into an new house and would like to start the journey of laying down roots for a rose garden that I have been so longing for. I look forward to reading your new book to learn and grow in the art of rose gardening.

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  703. Karen Robben on

    Starting with a blank slate in SW Wyoming. Starting roses and Dahlias this year and trying to create a backyard oasis from literally a dirt lot. Hoping to learn as much as possible from as many resources as possible!

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  704. Vanessa Amspacher on

    I’d say I’m an Everyday Gardner. My biggest struggle is knowing what to prune on my climbing roses. Excited to see this book!

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  705. Patty Conn on

    My love of gardening is now filtered through my daughter and her garden. I would say we are “weekend warriors “. Kate teaches and at age 85 I find it very difficult to get up once I’m down on the ground. The only rose in her garden is the climber Westerland. I’m able to help with that one because I can do it standing up! Kate has a sunny cottage garden which I’d describe as wonderfully blousy. I’m hoping Felicia’s book will lead us to some rose suggestions that will fit into this garden-something carefree and forgiving. We don’t use chemicals so I hope to find advice about keeping roses healthy with organic products.
    Thank you both for this fascinating interview.

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  706. Sarah on

    I am somewhere between weekend warrior and everyday gardener…and I would love to someday have a small collection of really old rose varieties! I have always loved roses and I my goal for the upcoming year is to put in a small rose garden with each rose dedicated to those in my family who have passed on, a memorial rose garden. I am excited to learn more and be able to hopefully do justice to this dream I have had for the past five years!

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  707. Briana on

    Everyday Gardener…last year was our first year to have a garden. It was just for fun to see how it would work and I have quickly fallen deep into growing all the things I can get my hands on. This will be my first year for growing roses so I can take all the tips I can get!

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  708. Rebecca Houg on

    I’m a weekend warrior/everyday gardener. I have a photography studio I use as my excuse and tax write-off for cultivating beautiful areas for photography. The most ideal spots for photography are usually in the shade so I struggle with wanting to plant beautiful plants that thrive better in the sun. But I can also get creative and make my own shade or add supplemental lighting to battle harsh shadows. I just purchased the Cut Flower Garden book as well as an older Martha Stewart Gardening book and feel like my knowledge and garden is going to grow by leaps and bounds these next few years.

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  709. Rhonda Larson on

    I am fairly new to roses. I would love to have them climbing up the house like my husbands grandmother did as we live in her house now. I would love to learn all about growing roses.The cold climate here is my biggest challenge. I am especially interested in the heirloom varieties. Thank you!

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  710. Wanda Coy on

    I am an everyday gardener. I moved to the PNW 2 years ago and my biggest challenge after patience is the weather. The heavy rains in the winter months to the drought in the summers.

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  711. brittney rourke on

    You are expanding my thinking. I’ve never considered myself “a rose person” and even have held a bit of disdain for roses. But I’m learning from you. Thank you for showing me how interesting old roses are. I’m in the weekend warrior camp for roses right now.

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  712. Katherine K. on

    I fall somewhere between weekend warrior and everyday gardener depending on the time of year and how busy my life can get with four kids. I would love to learn more about pruning roses to get longer, straighter stems, and also fine tune a watering schedule that helps me conserve water while still letting my roses thrive.

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  713. Lindsey Oldani on

    I have 2 Crown Princess Margareta…. and that is all past the old ones that were on my property when I moved here 2 years ago. Alas, I am sure that I will have far too many arrive from Menagerie and David Austin this year! Ha! I am so looking forward to this new book. I just know it will be a great help.

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  714. Linda on

    I’m an everyday gardener with rosarian aspirations. I have the acreage to be a small commercial farm, but need a lot more business savvy. Areas I’m primarily hoping to learn through the book are around pest/disease management and commercial requirements for production.

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  715. maggie smith on

    In the past, my gardening journey has focused on lavender and cut flowers. When I started my small field in 2003 I planted bare root Zephirin Druin roses along the perimeter, and some gnarly red hedge roses. They all grew despite my neglect, and visitors comment as much about the roses as the lavender. The roses steal the show! I would love to learn more these amazing flowers, not only for my education but to help me better care for the beautiful “girls” I have. Thank you !

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  716. Kellsie H on

    I am an Everyday Gardener. I am new to roses though! Just started growing my first David Austin roses last year. They bloomed beautiful and am looking forward to adding more this year to our backyard cut flower garden. The book looks amazing. I would love to learn the ins and outs of growing roses for cutting. Basic care along with the geeking out, really scientific stuff. I just love learning and gaining knowledge. Especially when it comes to flowers.

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  717. Mary Alldritt on

    I am an everyday gardener with 3 small children at home. My biggest challenges with Roses has been the competing trees in my backyard. I get lots of tree roots competing for nutrients and lots of shade.

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  718. Katherine Leppek on

    I am an aspiring rosarian that loves fragrant old garden roses. Bring on huge climbers that eat sheds. I have a new garden as we moved in 2021. I would love a copy of your book and love to learn more about your nursery too. My favorite roses for cutting are Jude the Obscure and Gertrude Jeykall.

    K. Leppek
    Canby, Oregon

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  719. Diane on

    I guess I consider myself a weekend warrior. I love flowers and especially roses. I would love to get a rose garden started and I think Felicia’s new book would be a great help.

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  720. Deborah Wood Smith on

    I’m a recently retired weekend warrior hoping to become an everyday gardener. Here in tidewater Virginia the biggest hurdle is the summer humidity which is tough on people and plants. When my first grandchild was born in 2020, my friends gave me a lovely Lavender Lassie rose and the book Grandma’s Gardens and I have been inspired. I can’t wait to share my garden with my grandchildren (I’m up to three) and find more roses that can handle our Virginia summers. I also do flower arranging at our church and would love to be able to use garden roses in our arrangements. I’m excited to learn more.

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  721. Brigette Pinho on

    I would say I’m a Weekend Warrior. I’m in zone 7, therefore I’d love to learn more from Felicia how she controls bugs & diseases in roses.

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  722. Lesley Lynch on

    I don’t think there’s anything more romantic than a rambling rose covering a fence or shed wall. However, I’m interested in growing more roses for cutting and sharing.

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  723. Robin on

    I’m an experienced gardener with lofty dreams of becoming a rosarian. I’m always open to learning more. I also dream about what it would be like to have a budget to create my dream rose garden. 😁
    In the meantime I read books and watch episodes of bbc’s Gardener’s World. 🌹

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  724. Shannon on

    I’m not sure which experience level category I fit into, I’m a little bit of all 3 I guess you could say. I have been growing flowers, as well as food crops since I was a little girl, along side my parents and grandparents in their home gardens. Now at 32, my families health and nutrition drive me to grow as much food in my backyard as I can. Flowers are my favorite though, I can’t get enough, and I never tire of growing, tending, and learning more about them. My youngest child will be starting school this fall and I’ve really been feeling the itch to turn this love of flowers into something more and profitable. I’ve begun to read and note take your first book, Cut Flower Garden, to gain knowledge on how to kick start and plan for the upcoming growing season. Deciding what to grow with so many beautiful options is a bit overwhelming. Since reading your 4 part blog post on roses and now this interview with Felicia I am highly intrigued and thinking into the future of how I can incorporate roses into this future flower venture. I’ve always been the kind of person that likes the things that are slightly different and not what everyone has and roses seem to truly be in a class of their own, unlike others. This is also why I love Dahlia’s. What I would gain from Felicia’s book would be knowledge that I have very little of currently about roses and growing them. Best wishes to her on the release of her 1st book :)

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  725. Lisa May Marine on

    I am a Weekend Warrior, sometimes Daily Gardener, depending on the season. My recent rose challenge was the loss of my ten year old climber to Rose Rosette disease. I live in a city with an awful lot of concrete, so I look for varieties that grow well in such settings, soil conditions, and pots. I am fortunate to live in an area with established, public accessible rose gardens. I can never pass a rose without stopping to smell and admire petal colors and patterns.

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  726. Barbara Garbe on

    I’d love to win Felicia’s book, Growing Wonder for my aspiring flower gardening 12 year old granddaughter, Ava. She loves everything about flower gardening. Ava has made spreadsheets and maps for her summer garden. She watches gardening videos daily. Ava is amazing and so excited for spring. I think it’s important to fill her with the knowledge she’ll need to be a successful gardener and encourage a healthy life time hobby or career in flower gardening. Ava would be thrilled to win a signed copy of Felicia’s book. She would treasure it and the knowledge it holds for years to come. Ava’s birthday is in February and she’s requesting all things gardening. I hope I can win Felicia’s book for Ava.

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  727. Kylie Vincent on

    I’m an aspiring rosarian as I like to bite off more than most could chew! While I’m a small cut flower producer right now, my goal is to specialise in organic roses. Felicia’s new book will be my guide book to achieve my dreams ♥️

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  728. Loree on

    A”weekend warrior” teacher who has the summer to dive in and be an “every day gardener”. I have a friend who has a small but growing flower farm, and I purchase her flowers and sell arrangements to local restaurants and at our local Farmer’s market on the weekend. I hope to someday expand my creative hobby, and this book would be a great addition to my hobby/passion/therapy. I love all things Floret! Thank you for this piece and feature on Felicia and her story!

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  729. Lizzie on

    I’m an aspiring rosarian! I’ve been trying my hand at breeding roses recently and it has been so fun. I’m eager to learn what roses have done well for Felicia, as I grow in a similar climate with similar challenges. I’m also curious about roses for cut flower production specifically; much of the information about roses is for landscape flowers as opposed to cut flowers, and roses for either environment are a bit different. Thank you!

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  730. Mike on

    Aspiring Rosarian, my biggest struggle is successfully propagating old roses & battling gophers.

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  731. Rebekah Laflin on

    I am an aspiring rosarian. I’ve been part of a number of rose societies when I lived in Washington and I’ve volunteered at the local rose garden along with growing many of my own and I’ve dabbled in hybridizing and propagation. Currently I’ve purchased a bit of land because I want to feed people and inspire them with flowers. Felicia’s book looks to be a fascinating read, I am sure there is so much I could glean from her experience and her approach to caring for roses on a larger scale . I really appreciate this article especially sharing roses that have proved to be good cut flowers and what spectacularly beautiful photos.

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  732. Pamela McCabe on

    I am an Everyday Gardener. I have had a love-hate relationship with roses. So love them but struggle to grow them without pests and disease. I also am from the Sacramento Valley and our intense summer sun demands bold rose colors – the colors tend to fade in the middle of summer.

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  733. Brenda Miller on

    I grew up gardening in Arkansas with my grandma. I have lived in Conn., Missouri, Tx. and now Illinois, trying to grow roses in each of my gardens. I am a weekend warrior now since I care for my elderly mother and some adorable grandkids when needed. I hope to learn which roses are the hardiest and best producers in my Zone 5 location.

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  734. Emily Hayden on

    I’m an everyday gardener who’s managed to keep a few roses alive in the frozen north and would love to grow more. I’m hoping for tips on the best cut roses to grow and how to help them thrive (as well as gloating over more luscious photographs like the ones in this post!).

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  735. Margaret C. W. on

    I am a weekend warrior and an aspiring rosarian. I have a small rose garden with about 15 different varieties. The roses in my garden were chosen for their fragrance. I have learned a lot by trial and error, but would love to know a lot more, and add to my rose selection.

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  736. Cheryl Davis on

    Thank you so much for the information interview and rose suggestions. I am just an everyday Gardner and have a challenging garden in the PNW. I really didn’t think I could grow roses because of having little sun but so far I have 2 growing pretty well and I’d like to add more! I love fragrance and vase life. I’m sure your book would teach me so much!!

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  737. Marybeth Spivey on

    My husband and I are both retired and instead of buying a condo and moving to Fl., we bought a 6 acre farm with an old log cabin. Besides my excavating company, I have done wedding florals on the side for many years. I would like to continue this business, with the exception of growing most of my own florals and greenery. I think Felicia’s book would be the perfect guide to start growing roses, with information to help me advance in learning as I put these practices into growing. I’m very excited for this read!

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  738. Candice Gardner on

    Hello My name is Candice,
    I have been growing plants since I saved tomato plants from my dads mower after a barbecue party accident. I dug them up and moved them into a tiny little garden that had been fallow for years. I have been growing veggies and houseplants for years, but am only a year into growing flowers. I have fallen in love with anemones, ranunculus, irises, celosias anything really I can get my hands on. Most recently roses have begun to call to me.
    The colors, shapes and sizes delight me. I spread my enthusiasm throughout my neighborhood and community. I bring flowers to the other teachers I work with as well as my elderly neighbors. It’s beautiful to watch their faces lit up with an unexpected surprise.

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  739. Helen on

    I love your experience level descriptions, and I’d call myself an Everyday Gardener (because I’m out in the garden every single day) as well as an Aspiring anything-I- take-a-special-liking-to – which luckily enough is currently roses! I’m blessed to live in the Pacific Northwest where we’re well-suited to cultivate roses, and I’m a keen reader and love to learn from others who have traveled the path before me. Just reading your interview with Felicia has convinced me that she is a kindred spirit and I thank her for taking the time and trouble to share what she has learned.

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  740. Barbara Lien on

    I’m an Everyday Gardener, struggling with getting roses to thrive in a dry, windy Zone 4 climate. I hope Felicia’s book will help!

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  741. Wendy Kingery on

    I would be an Aspiring Rosarian. I love learning from people who are passionate about specific plant types, like roses. From the article it seems Felicia has so much to offer, I would love to learn more from her expertise!

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  742. Linn Woodard on

    I love growing roses! We’ve moved in our climate has very hot summers so I’d like to learn more about which roses do well in heat.

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  743. Anne Gassner on

    About 4 years ago, when my kids went to college, I became an “Every Day Gardener. I started a 30’ x 30’ vegetable garden where I also planted New Dawn Climbing roses on an arch for the entrance. I didn’t know much about roses but read the directions on how to plant bare root roses and they have done beautifully. It has given my hope because I had heard roses are a lot of work and have issues with diseases.

    The only issues I have had with my New Dawn climbing roses are Japanese Beetles. I pick them off and put them in a bucket of soapy water since I use organic methods. I live in an area that has humid summers and I thought the excess humidity would be a problem but it has not.

    When I was little, my father planted red roses on both borders of our property. They grew on our white picket fences. Neighbors would stop to tell my father how beautiful his roses were. I guess in one way, working with roses, reminds me of my father who passed away 19 years ago.

    We have an acre of property, so I would hope to learn in Felicia’s book, the best type of roses for me to plant with my limited experience and the climate where I live. Thank you again for your interesting interviews and sharing them with flower lovers.

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  744. Janna Bastian on

    I am an everyday gardener who is just getting ready to add roses to my collection and can’t wait to learn about how to use roses in my cut flower bouquets!

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  745. Debra Collins Smith on

    I’m just an everyday gardener who loves roses… especially the antiques! My biggest struggle is just grasshoppers who love the roses as much as I do…
    I have black clay soil( black gumbo) and as long as I keep amending the roses love it here . There is the heat situation here in Central Texas that can be the biggest problem but all seem to old still until temperatures become more to their liking .
    Regardless of all the struggles , I will never stop growing roses! There is so much yet for me to learn and I’m looking forward to the new book!! How exciting!!!

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  746. Brooke on

    I’m an everyday gardener and flower farmer who hasn’t gotten into roses because they intimidate me so much! I’d love to learn how to start an actual rose garden to use in my cut flower bouquets.

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  747. Cassidy DeYoung on

    I’d say I’m a weekend warrior, I just started a cut flower farm last spring and I’m hooked! I have never grown roses personally, but my mom and grandma have some stunning roses! I have been trying to pick out some roses to add to my farm for cut flowers, but they’re all so beautiful it’s hard to choose! To get some of Felicia’s favorites would be amazing! I want to learn really the basics on how to grow roses for cut flower production. I really don’t know a whole lot about roses, but I’m so excited to possibly be adding some to my farm this season!

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  748. Clarisol Martinez on

    I am a weekend warrior but aspiring to be a rosarian. Currently working as a physician; this past 2 years had been very disheartening. My refuge is always be my garden around the house. The love for flowers came from memories of gardening with my grandmother in Puerto Rico; with a rich soil and tropical weather. Currently lives in SW Florida and tending to flowers there had been more challenging. (Specially with little time I had to tend them) Hoping to find solutions to those challenges; always been a hard worker. My dream now is to bring morebeauty to this world thru flowers; my lab is my home garden. Looking forward to read your book. Roses are my happy place; with all the suffering around me in the hospital; Plans are sharing a small paradise full of roses where beauty is abundant and smiles are free.

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  749. Barbara on

    Picking a level is so hard. When it comes to roses I would say a weekend warrior with aspirations of becoming rosarian. I purchased a few plants two years ago and they did fine at first but we moved and I moved them and they are struggling. I think I got lucky the first year and may have managed to kill some of them this last year due to my negligence, lack of rose knowledge and my hungry goats. Can’t wait for the book to come out!

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  750. Christi on

    I’m a Everyday Gardener — but I love love love roses and discovered Menagerie last year and bought 10 of the beautiful varieties. :) Love love love.

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  751. Virginia Coulter on

    Virginia Coulter

    I have a self-serve pick-a-bouquet garden, Old Mission Flowers, in zone 6A, near Traverse City in the northern part of the lower peninsula of Michigan. Temperatures range from -10 and snow in the winter to 90+ for a few days in the summer with humidity from the bays. The soil is sandy loam. I have 25+ roses. June, July and August are very busy months so I have little time nor inclination to spray and nurture ill-suited roses. My biggest challenge is foliage issues mid-summer with some varieties. I especially enjoyed reading about Felicia’s tough love approach and she’s inspired me to quit messing with the difficult ones and replace them with varieties for this climate. I’m particularly interested in reading more about Felicia’s favorites and also about her fertilization program.

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  752. Terry Cameron on

    Thank you Erin and Felicia….what a wonderful blog and interview. I live and breathe roses. I am an avid gardener and my passion is roses. I started with terrible soil and dead hedges that I removed with my trusted garden shovel. I planted my first rose bush, Gertrude Jekyll as she is my gardening hero and 28 rose bushes later the rest is history. I literally could not breathe when I finally located an Evelyn rose and also a Souvenir de la Malmaison rose. I nurture them constantly (maybe too much) in New England where our winters are so harsh. I would love to learn everything I can about growing roses including tips on bug control and black spot. Thank you so much for both of you for sharing your knowledge as well as your passion. Regards, Terry

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  753. Martina Ballard on

    I guess I am somewhere between Weekend Warrior and Everyday Gardener. I try to get in the garden everyday if time allows but sometimes that can be tough when you work full-time. I am not to far away from Felicia in Northeast California in the high desert and struggle with weather extremes….bitterly cold winters, blazing hot summers, drought and wildlfire smoke that fills the skies for months out of the year. I’d like to know which varieties are the best at overcoming these obstacles and what Felicia recommends to help your roses thrive in less than optimum conditions.

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  754. Jordan on

    I am a weekend warrior with a budding collection and I am SO EXCITED to 1) pre-order Felicia’s book and 2) be attending one of her in-person workshops on the farm this May! My biggest challenge so far is just figuring out how to maximize blooms per plant. I’m growing in a small space and a few of my David Austin roses are even in containers on my patio. So far most are first-year plants and they’re putting out 1-2 blooms at a time. I’m not sure if they’ll just churn out more as they grow, or if I’m doing something hindering their capacity!

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  755. Tanyea Robertson on

    It started for me when I added to my flower garden “Teasing Georgia” a David Austin rose, and I witnessed the beauty it would bring when it was in bloom. I enjoy cutting it, picking out the right vase, and taking it to my workplace (A Cancer Center) and placing it around for the patients and staff to enjoy. So many questions from both patient’s and staff alike regarding growing roses. I have so much to learn and share with others as they ask me. I love seeing people smile, feel comforted, as well as spark good memories in their life when they see beautiful flowers. I will never stop sharing this “Rose” & “Flower” love with others.

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  756. Janet King on

    Goodness… how inspiring! And I worked in Plant and Soil Sciences for my work study job when I was an undergrad so the bugs resonate with me. Looking forward to adding roses to my gardens.

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  757. Lisa on

    I’m a Weekend Warrior but hope you learn how to get started with roses. My grandmother grew them and I’ve always wanted to too…but they seem intimidating for some reason. Hopefully the book will help be get past that initial stumbling block! Thank you for sharing!!!

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  758. Rachel Tanger on

    I am an aspiring rosarian! Trying to turn my land into a beautiful flower paradise! I just recently purchased several bare root roses to get started! I would love to have a copy of Felicias book to continue my education as I embark on this journey!

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  759. Clair on

    I’m a wannabe every day gardener but with six kids it’s a little hit and miss sometimes! I would love to learn more about how to prune and when, and also how to get my bushes really productive and healthy! I love old fashioned roses the best!

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  760. Kim on

    I really love roses especially garden roses and I would love to be able to grow luscious roses. I feel I need so much to learn when it comes to growing healthy roses. Especially for the cutting garden

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  761. Kati on

    Weekend warriors, I want to learn all that I can to grow roses successfully

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  762. Sharon on

    I am an every day gardener… Meaning I Garden every day! it is my passion and joy. In all the homes I’ve lived in there have always been a few roses to care for…. I realize now some of them were likely older/heritage type roses. I am big fan of David Austin roses particularly Grace, as I have a daughter with the same name. My greatest challenge in growing roses is giving them enough water. Most of my garden in Southern California is low water/drought tolerant. I need to be better about giving the roses extra water for them to truly flourish as their best selves!
    Thank you for sharing such helpful and inspiring information.

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  763. Irina D. on

    I’m a current weekend warrior with aspirations to be a rosarian when I get older. My biggest struggle is learning how to make my roses thrive through their various needs in my semi sunny yard, and learning how to train climbers and how to feed roses optimally in a way that supports pollinators. I just fell in love with roses from an early age and now, finally having my own home, love to garden them. I am slowly collecting varieties and would love to be considered for the goody box!

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  764. Debbie Jones on

    Thanks for the inspiring article, I can wait to add more roses to my our garden and to get my hands on this wonderful new book.

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  765. Sabrina on

    Everyday gardener – how to grow roses successfully

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  766. Julie on

    Thank you for adding roses to the amazing flowers you already grow. Looking forward to my apricot stock and sweet pea seeds coming!
    I am an avid everyday organic gardener obsessed with plants and flowers. I’m always looking for disease free roses I can squeeze into my urban Seattle lot. I love that you are featuring rosarians and their expertise on your site now.
    Thank you for bringing your love and high standards to the flower industry and sharing your vast knowledge with the world.

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  767. Victoria Ewing on

    Last year I put in my very first specifically cut flower garden. So while I’m probably more of an Everyday Gardener, someday I would love to be an Aspiring Rosarian! My grandma grew David Austen roses in her yard and they are absolutely my favorites. The colors, the full, ruffled petals, the unique fragrances…I adore them. Right now my space to grow things is limited, but I hope to learn more about growing roses in pots and cultivating them in cooler climates. I’m excited about the way Felicia has organized her book to include the varying levels of expertise! Such a good idea, if one just needs a bit of advice for a backyard rose and doesn’t have time to dive into the nerdy details of things, but wants to come back later with a cup of tea and do just that!

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  768. Renee Fisher on

    I’m an Everyday Gardener headed toward Aspiring Rosarian. I have a couple of “pass-along” roses from gardening jobs I’ve done in the past, but now I am feeling the urge to start collecting old roses. This interview was very inspiring!

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  769. Dianna on

    I’ve always loved to garden but haven’t always had the space. We recently purchased 10 acres in Upper Michigan where my husband has built me a beautiful garden, including a 7 foot deer fence. As soon as I see green sprouts making their way through the snow, I am planting roses, dahlias, vegetables, herbs! I can hardly wait!

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  770. Nicole on

    I’m a Weekend Warrior with over 30 rose bushes. I aspire to become an expert in growing roses for cut flowers. I started gardening in FL, where I grew up. Now I live in Albuquerque NM and need way more knowledge and skill to grow anything here. I don’t always get the yield I desire. Hopefully Felicia’s new book will help me learn how to grow in the high desert.

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  771. Margaret on

    Every day gardener. My biggest area of struggle with my roses is black spot. I live on the East Coast and adore David Austin’s roses, but the black spot is relentless with them. I hope to learn how to prevent it. I laughed at your definition of rose hell. My roses would claim, on occasion, that I have put them through that and not for a reason as valid as research purposes.

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  772. Gay Kunz on

    I am an everyday gardener, with rotating beds of cut flowers. I recently moved to a small residential property in Marin, and have been looking for a few roses to add to my collection, including a climber or two. Over the years, I have participated in flower arranging, including professional and voluntary, and love finding new possibilities to add to my own garden. I look forward to learning about rose varietals, resources to buy stock, and techniques for feeding, pruning and selecting a location.

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  773. Lavon on

    I am a Weekend Warrior! I have just a couple of roses right now but they love our yard! Our soil must be great cause they grow like crazy! Would love to learn about varieties and how care to better care for them.

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  774. Kathy on

    I have always loved roses! Both of my Grandmothers had rose gardens along with my parents. I love the look of roses along with the wonderful smell. So many special memories! I live in a cold climate so after many attempts of trying to keep a rose bush alive during our cold winters, my Dad just planted a rose bush in a big bucket and my traveling rose was born! My traveling rose came to my house during the summer months and lived with my parents during the winters! I would love to have a rose garden at my house and I am looking for types that can live in the cold winters. I can’t wait to read your new book. Thank you! 💕

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  775. Petra on

    My love for roses is a tough one. I’m the only one in our household who is crazy this way. But it doesn’t stop me, an Everyday Gardender, from pampering my little collection of English roses on a daily basis. Thank you for such a wonderful interview and most of all, the recommendation of varieties. Your book would be well beloved and a deep source for my passion.

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  776. Karen Lopez on

    I love your story Felicia, and what you are doing for the rose industry. There is just something about roses that keeps drawing me and others to them. Despite the suggestion of using lisianthus or ranunculus as a replacement for roses in arrangements and for events, nothing can replace the beauty and romanticism of a rose., especially the David Austin roses. I would call myself an Everyday Gardener but I squeeze it around my full time work (someday soon it will be my full time pleasure!) but I have also started a small cut flower business after learning from Floret’s Workshop and coupled with my relative green thumb and mild 7b climate where we can grow so many lovely plants. I’ve had to move roses due to increasing shade in my garden, and black spot can be a challenge in summer too, but my biggest, frustrating challenge has got to be deer pressure. It appears it is for many, throughout the country. I’d love to know if there are ways around this without using even organic sprays. I have never used chemicals on my roses and would like to stay organically focused, I relent to Japanese beetles for 6 weeks by cutting blooms ahead of time and giving the plants a rest as the heat starts to come on then too. But for me, I would be so intrigued if roses could be bred to have a distaste to deer! Thank you Erin for highlighting Menagerie Roses and for the emotional story about Anne.

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  777. Carolyn Mercer Shields on

    I am a rose novice, but I am planning to plant some rambling roses on my backyard fence and I need to choose variety, color etc. So excited to get this going.

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  778. Lori L McCormack on

    I am 54 and have been gardening my whole life, both vegetables and flowers. With the recent addition of the surrounding property to our farm, I would like to add more roses to my cut flower gardens. I hope to learn more about the different varieties and their requirements. Love your website!

    Lori McCormack
    Billings, Mo

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  779. Beth on

    I love to putter in the garden and look forward to a more concentrated effort when I retire. I have never been successful with roses but I love them and don’t want to give up. This interview was inspiring to renew my efforts.

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  780. Nancy Hoell on

    This interview was amazing, and truly moved me to think about gardening. I am an aspiring Rosarian, who once grew roses in our Idaho yard, and would love to try again.

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  781. Jayne Tauscher on

    I have been growing and selling plants and cut flowers for over 30 years in Massachusetts. Which is a challange. I worked cutting roses in a commercial greenhouse operation in the early 80’s but have not had much luck with growing roses out doors in New England. Hopefully Flecia’s book will teach me outdoor rose care and what varieties may survive our climate.
    Thank you for all the inspiring information you provide.

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  782. Amy Szabo on

    I think I would classify myself as an everyday gardener when it comes to roses. I have learned a lot but still have much to master. My biggest area of struggle is trying to grow roses with less chemicals and more naturally in a climate with hot humid summers and cold winters. Pest and diseases are what cause me to be intimidated and invest less in roses even though they are one of my favorite flowers. In fact my middle name is Rose, after my great grandma, who was the first of our family to move to the US from Hungary. I have always felt a deep connection to them.

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  783. Rachel Kearney on

    I am very new to the gardening world as I just moved out from living with my mom who has always had the green thumb. I’ve learned a lot from her, but I am learning so much more doing things myself. I have always loved roses and peonies with their full blooms, romantic, delicate, and whimsical qualities. I especially love all of the roses pictured in this article. I just find them to be so stunning- they really add magic to whatever space they’re in. I’m hoping to learn all of the tips and tricks to growing roses from Felicia’s book, as someone who is just starting out! I have a lot to learn, so I’m sure I would find her book to be so helpful.

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  784. Ruth Rossow on

    I am a little more than a weekend warrior. I have always had roses in my garden but come June or July deal with the dreaded yellow leaves dropping, black spot and bugs! I am eager to learn more about a better way of helping my roses be healthier and adding to my cutting garden! I am getting so motivated by the recent rose blogs! Thank you!

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  785. Elizabeth Bailey on

    I am looking forward to getting my hands on her book — what a lovely resource! I’m more of a rose dreamer hoping to be a weekend warrior. Your rose series has left me inspired!

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  786. Carra S. Cripe on

    Smell, a rose has to have it or I don’t want it in my garden! I love the smell of them, makes my day to say I get to smell the roses!

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  787. Michael B. on

    Everyday gardener here. We have had cut flower beds for a couple of years now and would like to expand into roses. Up to now, we haven’t really done roses and we’d like to change that. Being in zone 10b I’d like to know how that will affect care, varieties available, etc.

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  788. Jessica Miller on

    I am definitely a weekend warrior, and brand new to rose growing. I didn’t appreciate my grandma’s love of growing and sharing roses when I was young and she was here. She certainly would have been an aspiring rosarian. I’m hoping to learn how to be as good with roses as my grandma was from Growing Wonder as I start off on my rose growing journey.

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  789. Loni Snyder on

    I’m a weekend warrior rose fan! My biggest struggle is variety selection. I love this blog post and collab because it’s already helped me! I can’t wait to read Felecias book!

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  790. Jennifer Zoller on

    Currently a weekend warrior – just getting started honestly. I moved onto a property 4 years ago that was landscaped with red knockout roses. I was never really a “rose fan” as I had always been told they were fussy and difficult to care for… then I watched “Growing Floret” during the pandemic and I gained a new respect for flower farming of all sorts and well I basically fell in love like so many others! I live near Independence, TX and took a trip to the Antique Rose Emporium and my eyes were opened to what roses could be. I purchased “Star of the Republic” and “Quietness” and now I just can’t get enough. I want to learn more and add more roses to my landscape so I can have cut flowers for myself and to share with friends, family and neighbors. My challenge at this point is lack of knowledge and the heat. I would like to learn more about what varieties will stand up to the heat best, and what watering and fertilizing schedule I should be on to best support production.

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  791. Olive Llorens on

    I would say I’m quickly becoming an everyday grower as my obsessions with growing flowers and roses grows exponentially every year. What I’m really hoping to learn is how to keep a variety of pests away from my roses as well as treating them for diseases. Between the aphids, deer, and humidity, it can be very frustrating and intimidating for a new gardener to keep roses in the best possible shape so I’m hoping to have some guidance with that.

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  792. Bob Morris on

    I am a weekend warrior. I volunteer at a public garden, Ppatch, in the PNW. Building hillside beds and installing many plants and shrubs to establish pollinator habitat. Evelyn is planted in a prominent entryway and is a crowd favorite. I have a lot to learn. Thank you.

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  793. Lisa Randlette on

    Roses have always played a special role in my life. I’ve decided to enclose a sunny, protected courtyard area and dedicate that space to growing a small selection of roses for my family’s enjoyment. To date, I’ve focused mostly on native, hardy plants that the resident deer don’t find tasty – or that can survive deer browsing. Since reading about Floret’s rose collection here in Washington State, I’m emboldened to find varieties that can thrive in this climate. Thanks for the inspiration, encouragement, and knowledge to bring this beauty into my life!!

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  794. Jodi on

    What a fantastic interview- thank-you Erin for sharing your wealth of friendships with us! I have been following the Farm Friday videos for awhile now and am so excited to read Growing Wonder! My dad is the rose gardener in our family and one of my favorite memories is of him, returning from his garden early mornings with dewy roses. He would cut each new bloom and tuck it into bedside vases in every room. While I have slowly evolved from weekend warrior to everyday gardener with my own cut flower garden, I am only recently venturing into roses. I am eager to learn about pest and disease mitigation (black spot and aphids) and a soil enrichment routine. I’m so grateful for Felicia’s knowledge and generosity.

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  795. Janet on

    I’d say I’m a weekend warrior. I have a few old fashioned roses that were started from cuttings from family or dug up from old farmsteads that we farm. I live in a windy climate with cold winters and hot summers and need help knowing what will grow here. Most of my experiments with roses I’ve bought haven’t gone too well.

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  796. Angelina on

    I am an Everyday Gardener. I am hoping to learn how to grow + prune roses for cutting and use in bouquets, to make my own old fashioned rose garden, and hopefully one day propagate roses.
    I think my love for roses started with the pale, peachy pink, climbing rose that has grown on my mom’s front patio for as long as I can remember. I would sit on our front steps as a little girl and watch her prune and weed it carefully every season. It is still one of the loveliest, best-smelling, old-fashioned roses I’ve seen to this day.

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  797. Radhika on

    I personally have never been able to keep rose alive for some reason or the other . Reading all the recent floret rose blogs gives me such an inspiration to give it a try again. Excited to read her books and learn to care for these amazing flowers.

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  798. Julie Shedko on

    Hi! What an inspiring interview. Thank you! I am a Aspiring Rosarian hoping to gain more knowledge and confidence for my rose garden. ❤️

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  799. Carol on

    I am a weekend seasonal gardener. Here in northern Michigan Mother Nature blankets our small piece of earth in snow. I learned gardening from my mothers love of the earth and have passed it on to my children and grandchildren. I dream of having more time for gardening and to someday have a roadside flower stand. I would love to learn more about cultivating roses and add more to my limited collection. Felecia’s story is so inspirational and her knowledge of roses a treasure to behold.

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  800. Debra A Browning on

    I’m likely an aspiring rosarian. I’ve grown mostly antique roses and a handful of Austin roses. Working on reorganizing and cleaning up what I have, after which I hope to focus on getting everything on bare roots. Love the blog. Thank you!

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  801. Ginger D. on

    I am puzzled by roses but I also think my roses are puzzled by the climat I live in – north Florida, where it can be 80 degrees one day and drop down to 35 degrees a few days later. What season is that exactly? (roses must ask themselves.) On our property, I inherited a row of climbing roses that have flourished even through all the climate chaos. They produce delicate pink flowers that I like to think, under my care, have grown into larger, more fragrant blooms. In spring and fall, there are too many to count and every morning I go and pinch off the dying blooms. But now it’s January, and the confused plants are generating a few flowers. They are very beautiful but troubling because it is so off season.
    The plants are really rambling roses and I try to prune them or they get too rangy, with tufts of new leaves at the end of long, skinny, leaf-less stems. And so on, year after year. Ok.
    The problem is trying to plant any other species of rose elsewhere on my property. They just do not survive. They look glorious at the nursery. We follow all the instructions – planting, watering, feeding, pruning. But sooner or later they peter out, the branches get brittle and dry out, the plant just… gives up. I have no idea why.
    I feel this book could help me solve this mystery and guide me toward examples of roses I can plant in all the spots where they would be so pretty and admired, if only they survived!

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  802. Savannah on

    As I am new to rose care, I am hoping to learn about how to deal with Japanese Beetles and propagating roses from cuttings and rose hips! My family’s garden has a few rose plants left behind from the previous owner of our home, and they are so beautiful in color and in scent! I would love to expand our rose garden as we are always so eager to see them blossom and open!

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  803. Becky on

    I’m an everyday gardener always learning. So far my success with roses has been spotty, at best. I have one old fashioned rose that is15 Year old and has followed me to a new residence. Two others didn’t make it to their second year. I definitely need more education and guidance particularly regarding fertilizing and preparation for winter.

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  804. Kristin Cooper on

    I’m definitely an Aspiring Rosarian. My grandfather grew roses and I have very fond memories walking with him through his rose garden – this is where my love for roses began. I currently have several rose bushes and have wanted to learn more about taking better care of them. I am hoping to learn all about insect/disease control. That’s the area I struggle with most.

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  805. Connie Novotny on

    The Everyday Gardener. I’m starting a cut flower garden and want to fill my 1 acre lot full of flowers. They make me think of my Grandma and her gardens. I have always loved roses but haven’t really tackled them yet. It would be a sweet beautiful addition to my gardens! 🤞 to get my hands on Felicias book and roses! Thank you both for all your inspiration!

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  806. John on

    Everyday Gardener if I’m being honest, but an Aspiring Rosarian in my dreams. I’ve been growing roses for 6 years and my garden could use a little more tuning and a little less expansion this spring. I hope to dive into some of the more advanced content on soil care and disease management. The native soil and pests in my area have been a challenge for many plants including my roses. With young children and pets around I’m hoping to find solutions that are not only best for my garden’s health, but also my family’s.

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  807. John Lalley on

    My wife and I have been avid gardeners for over forty years. We have recently reached retirement age, which has given us more time to enjoy gardening. The pandemic also prompted us to expand our flower production to help support our daughter’s catering business, which had to be retooled when everything shut down. We supply her with peonies, dahlias, daffodils, zinnias, etc. for arrangements that to supplement her food business. We are now starting to sell our cut flowers to other outlets such as florists and designers. We would like to add roses to our cut flower offering.

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  808. Christy Taylor on

    I’d say I’m a everyday grower with rosirian tendencies. Roses have always been my favorite flower and would love to learn more about them and all the beautiful varieties. Maybe adding them to my new flower farm. Fingers crossed.

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  809. Denise Fairbank on

    I am a weekend warrior gardener who wishes she could be everyday gardener. I’ve got a few small cut flower gardens in the works and would love to add roses. I would love to learn more about growing roses in the northeast region.
    Great interview and inspiring!

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  810. Connie Gozzarino on

    My Mother loved roses and always grew them. When I married at 19 and had my own yard, I really began to listen and learn from her. 50 years later I’m still learning. I also live in Northern California and am anxious to read Growing Wonder because I’ve noticed a huge shift in the climate of Sonoma CO over the last 70 years and I’m curious how she addresses the extremely hot summers we are experiencing. My roses looked like someone had taken a blowtorch to them and left me heartbroken after a day of 112 degree temp last summer! I’m in the process of finally letting go of roses I’ve had for decades that are blighted every year with black spot and disease, so I’m anxious to read about her favorite varieties! I’m an avid gardener, but an old gardener!!! Some days are more of a struggle to keep up with the insects, the weeds, and the deadheading. I will always feel closest to my Mom in the garden. Every rose I cut and put in a vase graces my home and is a tribute to her.

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  811. Lorilyn Wiering on

    I would consider myself an everyday gardener. Almost 20 years ago I planted a David Austen climbing rose. I have always enjoyed it, but last summer as I had determined to “hobby hard” in my garden—mostly easy cut flowers like zinnias, cosmos, but recently getting caught up in “dahliamania”— I started giving more abundant care to this long faithful rose. And she responded so beautifully. With tons more blooms than I’d ever had before. Such a source of joy. Moving forward I have a lot to learn and would like to become educated, specifically how to prune and care for roses through the winter (in Michigan).

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  812. Jennifer on

    This rose series has been so inspiring. I am an Everyday Gardener – it is my solace in these difficult times. But I am a scientist at heart and love to know all the nitty gritty details. As I am just getting my feet wet in roses (my first David Austin comes this year!), I am looking forward to soaking up every piece of information I can get to start well with roses. I had good luck with some ordinary shrub roses last year, but I am sure that is what it was – luck. I want to learn so much more! Thanks for offering this inspiring interview, and for Felicia’s generosity in the giveaway.

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  813. Lindsey Leighton on

    I am a weekend warrior given I work full time outside the home. I recently purchased my first rose bushes so I have everything to learn. I am expanding my cut flower garden to include these amazing buds.

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  814. Sherri Bradley on

    I am Aspiring Rosarian I have a small(20 plants) 50year old rose garden I baby each year! I struggle with black spot. I would love to learn about growing farm rose to add to my floret workshop!!

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  815. Annelise on

    I am an aspiring rosarian with a Montana twist. We get all kinds of weather conditions! I am hoping to gleen knowledge from Felicia’s book to grow Montana appropriate roses in a small urban backyard for cutting and pollinators. Love the battle!

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  816. CarolAnn Jacques on

    This was a wonderful interview. I have always been afraid to plant roses. They seem so daunting with knowing how to prune, etc. I did plant my first climbers last year around the entrance to my flower garden and I was so pleased that it bloomed for me twice! I’m looking forward to reading this book and buying more roses!

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  817. Sarah G on

    I’ve grown roses in the past, but am becoming more and more drawn to growing more! I’ve struggled with thrips on a large bush I have. I’m still an Aspiring Rosarian when it comes to roses.

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  818. sharyn on

    My grandparents lived on a 160 acre farm at the edge of the Oklahoma dust bowl. Electricity but no running water. Grandma had some roses. She cared for them through all kinds of weather — especially bad droughts. She carried water to them by bucket from a manual pump. I learned about devotion to roses from her. Her favorite was a Forty-Niner rose. Dramatic. Gorgeous. I’ve been partial to variegated roses ever since. I have planted roses everywhere I have lived — where I could. Sadly that has not been for years now. Until now! I am turning 77. I have moved to a farm with horses. Rescued and retired horses. And I get to spend time with them. Drafts (Belgians), Dutch Harness, Hafflinger, Appaloosa, Thoroughbred, Quarter, Arabian. It’s a mix. It’s unusual for one my age. It’s wonderful.
    And then I discovered Erin at Floret. That led to Anne and now Felicia! All around me room and places for roses! So I’m reading everything by/about Anne. And I can’t wait for your book, Felicia. The first thing I want to know is how to plant a rose close enough to climb a tree and still get enough sun.
    Thank you, Felicia. Thank you, Erin. And thnak you so very much, Anne.

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  819. Janice Marie on

    Weekend warrior. We are building on a pasture in southern Oregon. I am curious if we can grow roses that we protect from the elk and deer to sell at growers markets or supply someone who already does. Want to learn about good roses for our climate.

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  820. Katie MacDonald on

    I am an Everyday Gardener for most things but have been nervous to try roses! I am hoping to get more confidence that I can add some of these beauties to my yard. I follow Menagerie Flower on Instagram and swoon regularly, but need her help to make it happen for me! Thanks for all you do to share your beauty with us!

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  821. Girlie Delizo-Jasper on

    What an inspiring story! I am an avid gardeners with as many fails as successes, and that includes growing roses. Last year, I converted part of my front yard in to an orchard / cut flower garden, and planted predominantly roses and hydrangeas. I hope to see joy not only in seeing the roses bloom, but also in learning from the challenges of growing them, and from reading about her book, it sounds like it will be a great source of knowledge.

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  822. Michelle on

    Weekend Warrior here and so enjoyed this interview! Just started growing roses in 2021 with hopes of crafting my own bridal bouquet. Felicia has been so helpful throughout my rose growing journey and I gained so much knowledge and insight from being part of the Academy. My biggest struggle has been keeping the roses healthy though they generously and lovingly continue to put out beautiful blooms. Looking forward to expanding my little apartment garden and learning more. Thank you both for being so generous with your time, knowledge and experience!

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  823. Tasha G on

    I was more of a Weekend Warrior last year, but this year I’ll have more time and hope to be an Everyday Gardener. I’ve always been fascinated with roses, but due to the humid climate and the bugs, haven’t had much luck growing them. Hoping to change that in the future!

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  824. Karen on

    The scent, the color, the tenacity of a rose…and the black spot. Gardening in the Pacific Northwest is wonderful and challenging at the same time. I’d like to learn how to better care for these beauties so that I can expand my small rose garden and include David Austin roses. Felicia’s love of her land and the connection to her grandparents reminds me of helping my grandma in her tiny garden. My first flowers were English daisies, a coral bell, and a foxglove that grew taller than my 10 year old self, all from her garden.

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  825. Jan on

    Thanks for this interview Erin! Felicia is so knowledgeable! I am a every day gardener wanting to expand my cut flower garden to include beautiful roses. I’m ready to dive in to the world of roses on my acre of land in Colorado.

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  826. Laura Roth on

    Loving this rose series! I’d say I’m somewhere in between Weekend Warrior and Everyday Gardener. I didn’t know how much I’d love gardening until I bought my first house a year and a half ago! Excited to read Felicia’s book!

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  827. Becca on

    I’m a beginner…have always loved roses but struggled over the years to keep my everyday garden center variety healthy. Due to Erin’s Rose Series, I was introduced to old world roses and different specialty types. Like everyone else who loved this series, I’ve spent my days obsessing over rose sites and you-tube on how to grow rose videos. 4 specialty type roses are coming to me this Spring and planning to get 4 more (David Austin). I dream of having a garden filled with them, all different types, colors and characteristics. And maybe one day have a uPick Rose Farm and raise funds for my all time favorite non-profit Hands of Hope!

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  828. Claudia Jacobson on

    I am a retired banker living in Alaska. I am working on making a beautiful landscape for my new home which had nothing but a flat acre of dirt! The hospital grounds in my community has beautiful rose bushes throughout the campus, so I know they grow here in zone four. I just don’t know where to start and it is very overwhelming.

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  829. Karen on

    I am a everyday gardener who loves every aspect of gardening and wish i had more property to grow more flowers to sell/give away, from my garden. Gardening is a life long obsession of mine, that I inherited from my Father. It has left a a big imprint on my heart and my health. I thrive in my garden, and it gives me so much back. Looking forward to Felicias new book. I loved her story. Full of life’s ups and downs, but in the garden we have peace.

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  830. Lori Call on

    We bought our property 17 years ago for our Montessori preschool ‘. I retired from teaching when my grandson got cancer. We remodeled the school and moved in last summer. I am so excited to learn everything I can about flowers farming. I am an aspiring rosarian. I have just a few rose bushes that one of my preschoolers gave me 15 years ago. I still think of him and his precious gift.

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  831. Laurel W. on

    I consider myself a new Everyday Gardener, although I’ve always have had perennial gardens that were started and planned with the help of my late mother, who had the greenest of green thumbs. When I think of roses, I think of the beautiful roses she had growing around our post lamp and in her flower bed when I was a child. As an adult I was always under the impression that roses were hard to grow, so beyond a small bush of apricot colored carpet roses I once planted, I haven’t tried to grow them. As I have been learning about cut flower gardening, last year being my first year growing, I have realized that no flower is difficult to grow if you have the will to grow it and some knowledge. I dived in head first during the pandemic, armed with books, the internet and several Facebook groups for support. I have thrown away the idea that particular flowers are “difficult” and have opened myself up to any and all flowers/seeds I can get my hands on. I love sharing my flowers with friends and neighbors, helping a few to actually start gardens themselves. Roses are the next group of flowers I am educating myself about and I am very excited to read your upcoming book. I am currently planning a space to have a dedicated rose bed and the most difficult thing has been choosing which ones to plant. I want them all! I think my mother would be pleased that I am finally trying my hand at planting roses this year.

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  832. Julie on

    I would consider myself a weekend warrior branching out to aspiring rosarian. I watched my great grandmother grow the most beautiful, organic garden roses in her garden in the mountains. When I moved to the coastal, humid south, I was told ‘roses just don’t do well here because of the humidity’ or ‘you simply can’t grow organic roses.’ Now that I have proven those statements wrong in my private garden, I would like to expand into commercial production and prove the naysayers wrong again. Felicia writing a book was perfect timing!

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  833. Ann Sutherland on

    Growing roses is such a joy. To watch a tiny bud grow into a glorious blossom is truly one of natures special treats that keep us out in the garden every day. We all need these precious miracles in our daily life.

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  834. Whitney on

    My level is at weekend warrior. I have no experience with roses and hope to learn how to select the best varieties for my area!

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  835. Cherie Hughes on

    I am an everyday gardener with a rose passion. I struggle to get the beautiful and healthy roses I remember from growing up in California at my Grandmothers place. I live in Oklahoma now and the weather here is a tough task master to put it mildly. I could use a lot more knowledge about how to give my roses the best love and life possible.

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  836. Anna Jennings on

    I am a weekend warrior working towards making flower growing a side hustle for my family! I love learning about how to grow different types of flowers! My biggest struggle with growing roses are aphids and pest management!

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  837. Yvonne Ranft on

    I have loved flowers ever since I can remember seeing one. I was 2 years old. I am an everyday Gardner when weather permits, but I live in Ohio.
    I had a rose that my Mother gave me and I was very sentimental about it. Unfortunately, it passed away. I am excited to learn more about roses and how to care for them.

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  838. Sarah kwon on

    I am dabbling into gardening and have recently fell in love with Roses. My mother in law planted some roses from Lowes at our home during the pandemic and they have thrived here in the South. Because I have children to homeschool, and chores to do at home, sometimes it is very difficult to get out and really make these roses shine.

    I never realized how much calm, joy, and peacefulness a single stem of rose can bring to someone. It excites you and fills you with awe and beauty.

    I would love a chance to win this raffle and plant more beautiful roses to add to the small growing one at my home. I would love to learn how to cultivate them to help them really grow and bring us more joy and happiness to our home.

    I throughly enjoyed the interview. Out of pain and suffering came about something beautiful and these sort of stories are always worth sharing. (I sense a rose metaphor coming out of it 😄)

    Thank you for this opportunity to win this wonderful giveaway!

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  839. Starlene Walker on

    I have been gardening all my life. My grandmother was a great gardener. I didnt say I was a good gardener.lol lol I now have 20 acres. In the middle of a forest outside Port Angeles WA. The soil is not good. I try and try. However my roses are doing well. I am looking forward to reading about how Felicia kept going. I WILL NOT GIVE UP! lol lol lol

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  840. Katelynn on

    Aspiring to be a full blown rosarian! This spring we will be moving out of the city to a large piece of land where I can plant the flower farm of my dreams. I’ve ordered so many seeds and read so many books on gardening, however I haven’t ordered roses mostly because I’m scared the harsh, New Mexico climate will kill them! I’m excited to read Growing Wonder and learn how to help roses thrive in a dry, hot climate and add some of Felicia’s amazing roses to my garden!

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  841. Carole Keffer on

    I’m an everyday gardener. This is year two for my personal cut flower garden. Last year I created and gave away hundreds of bouquets to friends and neighbors. It brought me so much joy! I’m so excited to add roses this year. I have one David Austin rose coming soon…Vanessa Belle, chosen for doing well in heat and humidity, and for the wonderful color, a yellow that speaks to my heart! I have plans to add more roses, Queen of Sweden is next. This rose is to honor my heritage, and to remember my dear friend, Robyn Primeaux, who lost her battle to cancer last May.

    I wish you the very best Felicia! Thank you Erin, for connecting so many experts with every day gardeners like me.

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  842. AmberLynn Wilcox on

    Enjoyed learning about Felicia and am excited to check out her website! I’m mostly an Everyday Gardner, with hopes to do more when the next phase of life hits. Right now I homeschool my six kids and garden when I can, hopefully inspiring a love of gardening in my children! They are my most precious “flowers.” I look forward to Felicia’s book and the best way to deal with pests, find out more great tried-and-true varieties, and help the overall health of my 11, soon to be 13, roses. After reading this blog, there are so many more I want! Thank you for sharing Felicia’s story

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  843. Jeannine LeVigne on

    I am an “Every Day Gardener”, when possible, as I live in Maine. I also work at a garden center/nursery and take care of a vast array of perennial plants and shrubs, including a variety of several types of roses, and am looking to broaden my knowledge and understanding so as to better care for my charges.Am currently looking out on a sunny but cold snowscape, but Spring is just around the corner!

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  844. Gigi Carroll on

    I think of myself as an Aspiring Rosarian {again}. After years of tending roses throughout my 20’s and having accumulated over 30 different varieties, I allowed life to get busy and stopped caring for them the way they should have been, I eventually lost my beautiful collection. A couple of decades later and home full time now on our farm, I am reestablishing all my kitchen gardens along with generous cut flower gardens, including roses, in the design.

    I would love a copy of Growing Wonder and some new roses to add to my new gardens. I look forward to adding another book to my vast gardening library.

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  845. Jamie on

    I’m a weekend warrior/aspiring rosarian. I plant tons of other types of flowers, but purchased my first three rose bushes last year on a whim as they were on super sale/last bushes standing at my local nursery, and they have been the gifts that keep on giving (even though I don’t know the first thing about caring for rose bushes). Just when I think they’re done flowering, another bloom pops up unexpectedly. I hope to upgrade to a full hedge of rose bushes along my long driveway, and I hope Felicia’s book might provide me with the information to avoid rookie mistakes!

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  846. Hailey Fulton on

    I loved the interview with Felicia and all the new rose content! I am a new Everyday Gardener, like many from the pandemic and being able to work from home. I have memoires from my childhood of my great grandmother and grandmother’s roses and they were one of the first plants I bought for my garden. My Grandmother passed this last year and knowing that the last couple of years we were able to bond over starting my own garden means the world to me. My biggest struggle seems to be powdery mildew and pest control trying to use organic methods. I live in New Orleans and the climate is very humid. Also, being in the city, it is important to me that my garden is a safe haven for pollinators. I hope I can use what I learn from the book to keep my roses healthy and be able to grow my garden into something I can share with my community. I live on a beautiful street in the Irish Channel and my side garden is viewable from the sidewalk and I really hope to grow it into something that people will enjoy on their walks to Magazine Street. Thank you in advanced for sharing y’all’s knowledge and the opportunity to possibly win such an incredible gift.

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  847. Kirsten Redman on

    I am most definitely a weekend warrior with so much to learn about roses. They were my Grandmother and Mom’s favorite and I wish I had taken the time to learn from them – Mom always had magnificent roses right to the end. I live in Central Texas and have tried to get 6 bushes to succeed in my garden, and while I have had some success, I don’t know nearly enough to get them as beautiful as the roses pictured here!. I would love the chance to learn from a master!

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  848. Sylvia Stewart on

    Sylvia Stewart. January 18.

    Loved your interview with Felicia. Her roses are to die for. Love Honey Dijon!!! Who am I kidding, I love them all. Unfortunately, I do not live in the US but I have a sister that lives in Mead, Colorado. We are both wannabe gardeners! She has a back yard garden that she has nurtured to become a beautiful spot to escape the world! We both have. If I could enter her name to win the book and three of Felicia’s roses would just be the best. To know that I had a little hand in contributing to her little piece of heaven would be wonderful. Our gardens have kept us in touch also, sending pictures back and forth and sharing info. I will send you her information if I’m successful! Floret farms is on my bucket to visit if there are ever tours! I just received your two books for my birthday. Love them, I dare to dream! Blessings to all!

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  849. Susan on

    What a lovely interview ~ gorgeous photographs ~ I would consider myself an Everyday Gardener hoping to expand my knowledge of roses ~ thank you !

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  850. Deb Sisam on

    So excited about this beautiful resource ~ New Zealand readers will be able to get their copy from us at Puriri Lane http://www.puriri lane.co.nz – thanks for sharing this magical Rose journey with us ~ Deb x
    Puriri Lane :: New Zealand

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  851. Debra Fortney on

    We live on a 1.5 acre property. Once February rolls around and the weather improves, I will be out in the yard gardening daily. I have over 30 roses sprinkled throughout my yard. I would love to increase my knowledge base about roses by learning from someone who is a master rose grower. your interview was very inspiring and has made be anxious to get back out into the gardens. We live in Walla Walla.

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  852. Jenny Kessener on

    I am an everyday gardener, weather permitting! Being in zone 5, IL, this time of year involves research, ordering seeds, and bareroots, and wintersowing to prepare for Spring. I just began my journey, collecting roses the last couple years, since moving to a house with a 1/2 acre. My biggest challenge is what to expect from young roses, and how to get the most blooms. We are also working on adding more beds, for both flowers and vegetables. Big trees and critters are some of our other challenges.

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  853. Ronda on

    I am an EVERYDAY gardener that loves to grow everything from Flowers, Roses and Vegetables.

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  854. Katie Ng on

    I’m definitely Weekend warrior (at least for now) here! I’ve always love the smell of a garden rose. But the idea of growing a rose garden didn’t spark until I grew my first Olivia rose! I can’t wait to get my hand on Felicia’s new book and throw myself in the world of imagination! Thank you for inspiring me.

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  855. Vickie on

    I am a weekend warrior and true aspiring rosarian. Roses sparked my love for gardening. Roses are so elegant, classic, and meaningful for many. I’m a relatively inexperienced gardener that has dove into the world of gardening and have loved every second. I can’t wait to grow my garden someday and have a winding path through many rambling roses. For now, I enjoy gardening in my humble city garden. I’m looking forward to learning more about maintaining roses and promoting longevity. I also am looking to learn more about the basics of roses (feeding, pruning, disease prevention/management, etc.). The biggest area I struggle with is navigating so many differing recommendations and advice regarding roses. I struggle to pin-point what information to trust and apply to my garden. Thank you for sharing this lovely interview!

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  856. Julia Hoitt on

    I am a weekend lover of being in my backyard and fiddling with all that is growing. I have a zero lot line home which means my backyard is tiny by comparison to almost everybody else. I have lemon, apricot, apple, and Mandarin trees woven in between are my roses. I don’t even know the kind of Apple tree I have other than I harvest twice a year and make great apple cobbler. You are right about mother nature and the hurdles from extreme hot weather to the fire smoke and ash. I would love to read the book to get new insight into what I am doing wrong.

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  857. Maureen on

    Wonderful interview! I’m an everyday gardener new to the rose city, Portland, OR. Love learning about all the varieties that grow here and in my garden.

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  858. Janina Stump on

    I LOVED learning all about your rose journey! Thank you for sharing! I am an Everyday Gardener who has fallen in love with roses. Many years ago I moved into an existing home with about 25 roses. I had no idea how to take care of them and they were an overgrown, thorny mess. Now that I have experienced, reliable information, and a list of roses that have proven to perform well and grow in my zone, my goal is to add beautiful roses to our landscape each year and share the harvest with others. We need more beauty in this world! Thank you!

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  859. Judy Anderson on

    I am a weekend warrior waiting to improve my garden landscape this spring. Roses are a challenge because I live in southwestern Montana in the woods with deer and our climate is pretty unforgiving. I have a small space that is fenced from the deer and would love to find a hardy rose that can take our hot, dry summers and survive cold winters. Tea roses don’t seem to do well here even with mulching. The old rose varieties are so dreamy but nurseries around here don’t carry them.

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  860. Phyllis on

    I am an everyday gardener. My biggest struggle is myself, learning about insects, fertilizing, watering, trimming, it’s a constant battle, even though I have done it most of my life. I love my roses and have a large flower and vegetable garden also. I tend to get too many irons in the fire at once and need to learn to manage my time better. I need to be a better manager and planner. I love to read and study so I look forward to your book. Thank you for writing it.

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  861. Stephanie Mills on

    I’m an everyday gardener for sure but would like to be an aspiring rosarian! I have several roses in my garden. Mostly David Austin’s I love them so. I do struggle primarily with sawfly larva and Japanese beetles. I hate them with a passion!! I’d like to learn how to manage these pests as organically as possible. I don’t want to harm our native bees.

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  862. Jacquelyne Barker on

    I retired 3 years ago and moved from the SF Bay area of CA back to my roots in Eastern WA. We built our dream home and 2 1/2 years ago on a lot surrounded by pine trees. It has been a challenge figuring out how to landscape our property with scrubs, trees, perennials and roses that will thrive in this climate. I love roses and the beauty they provide to any space. I am an aspiring rosarian as well as everyday gardener from March to October due to the seasons here in the greater Spokane, WA /Coeur d’Alene, ID area. I love to be out with the plants during the growing season and want to learn as much as possible. My desire to know which varieties of roses will do well in our warm summers and cooler spring and fall temps is intense. I want to learn as much as possible. It’s so inspiring to read all about the research and labor behind each rose variety. I’m hopeful to gain a knowledge that matches my desire to learn.

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  863. Ashley on

    Aspiring flower gardener (including roses of course)! As a perpetual student (second year med student here) I’ve been stuck in apartments for the last decade but I’m done letting that interfere with my love of flowers and nature! I’ve decided that I’ll make a hobby of learning as much as possible (which I why I’d love her book) so that when I finally get my dream property I’ll be able to put my best foot forward! For now, I’ll be trialing all my flowers at my parents’ and sister’s house! Roses are particularly special to my mom, sister, and myself because they were my grandmas’s favorite.

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  864. Kris on

    I’m an Everyday Gardener with a hillside of old garden/rugosa roses. The original ones are about 20 years old. I’d like to better understand how to prune them for best plant health and flower production. I love how fragrant then are. In June, they fill the hillside with a gorgeous scent.

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  865. Klara Cramer on

    I’m a weekend warrior aspiring to be the everyday gardener. I have very polarized feelings about roses, but I would love to honor my late mother in law and continue growing classic English tea roses. We are now full time carers for her husband, we had to sell their house with the small (now very neglected) garden. We now live in one, brand new, house and I would love to recreate little bit of her old garden in our new blank space for our dad to enjoy. To do that I know I need to, but also want to include roses, so in 30 years I can sit in our garden, retired, admiring that same rose bush producing lovely flowers, year after year. My flower growing book collection is growing fast these days and this would be very needed addition.

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  866. Debi Rix on

    Hi! I’m a beginner flower enthusiast. Having fresh cut flowers in our home has always been important to me even when we couldn’t afford to spend the money on something so “frivolous”. I would find wild flowers, grasses and twigs and branches to make an arrangement for our table. Since watching Erin and the Floret Farm series I have started growing flowers to cut. I hope to add roses to this “budding” endeavor. It makes my soul so happy to see you young ladies pursuing your passions with such focus and heart. Your stories are inspiring and I thank you for sharing.

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  867. Michelle Matz on

    Your work is amazing!!
    I am at the very beginning stage of starting a pretty good size rose garden, can’t wait to fill it with so many of your roses!
    M~

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  868. Stephanie on

    I’m an aspiring rosarian. My biggest struggle is getting my roses to thrive. Disease and watering properly have contributed to the lack. We just moved so in my new garden I hope to have the roses on their own water system. I want to learn it all from Felicia’s new book, but specifically to gain confidence so I can have the garden of my dreams.

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  869. Stacey Cross on

    Hi there. I am an everyday gardner and aspiring rosarian. I have roughly 100 roses on my 12 acre parcel in Southern Oregon but I am constantly and obsessively looking for new (old) varieties to plant on our farm. I really want to learn more about pests and diseases of roses. I have lost many roses to have rootstock take the place of the original bush. So now I tend to lean toward own rootstock but I am a sucker for a beauty so not opposed to grafted roses. Anyway my love of roses started at a young age following around my Grandmother who had a beautiful rose garden. Thank you

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  870. Joan Michelotti on

    I am retired and in the garden every day! I love roses! Here in the California Central Valley, rose beetles are a big problem in the early spring. The rest of the year, roses grow abundantly. I cut lots of bouquets for friends and neighbors, especially those who are healing from an illness. Roses make everybody happy!

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  871. Fauve on

    Everyday gardener that’s new to roses. I’d love to learn organic pest control and troubleshooting problems as well as how to select which roses to grow for my zone. I’m excited for this book release!

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  872. E on

    Currently Weekend Warrior status. What I’m hoping to learn from Growing Wonder is how to get the most blooms from each rose plant. Can’t wait to read this book! Roses are one of my favorite flowers.

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  873. Karen on

    I have been a weekend warrior, daily gardener wannabe, for most of my adult life. Two years ago, I quit my job of 40 years to stay home and care for my 94 year old mom, and this opened the door for me to become the everyday gardener that I’d often wished I could be. My flower and vegetable gardens quickly became my place of refuge. They not only provided a way for me to be outdoors and still be accessible to her, but they filled a need in me to feel creative and productive. As I am sitting here beside my mom during her last days here on earth, and with spring just around the corner, I am anticipating that my garden this year will be a place of great comfort. I hope to expand my flower gardens and would love to include a dedicated area for a rose/cottage garden. I am not very confident when it comes to caring for roses, but would love to learn.

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  874. Benjamin Gonzalez on

    Everyday Gardener in Texas Zone 9B:
    It’s comforting to be apart of a community full of inspiration and education. Last year during the pandemic I planted a rose garden to be able to have fresh roses for my parents home. Quickly I realized how much joy and happiness flowers bring to my community especially during the pandemic (we all need some roses in our lives). As the season progressed I noticed the varieties that lasted longer in vases and got to experience the dreaded black spot here in South Texas. I believe it’s important to farm sustainably and as organic as possible so I am excited to learn from Felicia on how to control black spot and aphids. As a Everyday Gardener in zone 9B, I have been busy pruning and planting new bareroots. I want to support small business and since I am shopping early I will be ordering bareroots from Felicia. I am so excited and this article certainly helped me decide on some varieties to try in my garden this year. I would love to get a longer vase life for my flowers so more of my family and friends can enjoy them. Last year I wasn’t able to gift many due to the vase life not being longer than 1-2 days but I do plan on purchasing varieties that will last longer in vases. Everyday is a learning experience especially when it comes to the topic of gardening. I wish all my fellow garden community a blessed growing season full of health and happiness.

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  875. Victoria Esparza of Woodridge, Il on

    I am definitely a Weekend Gardner but dream through all of those Rosarians and Gardners in general. I live just southwest of Chicago in a very versatile climate. Always changing and never, ever the same. Your story inspired me in so many ways. I look forward to a good read and, most of all, the knowledge that you will share. Thank you to Erin for introducing Felicia to me. Look forward to the bonding through the stories. Happy Day😍

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  876. Penny Sesher on

    I am definitely a weekend warrior with the hopes of being an every day gardener who can sit and enjoy the flowers and wildlife in my yard with the look of an old world cottage garden and all the fragrances that come along with the beauty. I am new to roses and am eager to learn all of the do’s and dont’s and move away from the roses at the local home store to the beautiful ones I see among cottages and old farm houses. I also hope to learn how to care for the land I live on that isn’t always that friendly when it comes to growing plants for beauty. Knowing what to grow along with the roses is just bonus for squeezing in even more beauty. Thank you for your beautiful post!

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  877. Rachel on

    I would consider myself an everyday garden and have recently expanded into roses. I’m most interested in the overall care so that I can have cut roses from my own garden- I love going out and picking my own bouquets!

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  878. Kate on

    I’m a weekend warrior, quickly transitioning to an aspiring rosarian. Roses unexpectedly captured my heart during my first year of flower farming (2021), and now I’m hooked. I love that Felicia talks about testing her roses by running them through the gauntlet. I inadvertently did that last year (especially with weeds!), and I’m feeling a lot less guilty about it now. (Perhaps I love roses in part because they’re so tough and resilient.) In her book, I’m most curious to learn the good habits of an aspiring rosarian. So many people think that roses (and especially cut/garden roses) are not for the Gulf Coast, but I’ve happily discovered that that isn’t necessarily true. My longer term interests are in selecting and potentially breeding cut rose varieties for hot, humid climates like mine. I’m especially excited to learn any tips and tricks that will help me along that path. Thank you for this wonderful interview!

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  879. Linda boyer on

    I have over 65 roses and cannot wait to add more! It has become somewhat of an obsession. I’m excited for this book hoping to gain better knowledge of how to control or prevent disease and how to manage Japanese beetles. Last year I was literally at war with them. But I worry that breathing in all the pesticides is harming me more than the beetles. So a big HELP !

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  880. Evie on

    So enjoyed reading this interview, thank you for sharing!
    I’m somewhere between all of the categories, Everyday Gardener to Aspiring Rosarian with a lot to learn! I grew up gardening with my mom and grandma and inherited their love of growing things. As a full time engineer & a mom, I’m squeezing in all my gardening in the little free spaces. In addition to growing food, I’m loving adding roses & flowers for cutting to the garden.
    We have a 2 acre “Garden of Eden” property in northern AZ that was cultivated & loved for many years by a dear friend of my husband & gifted to him before he passed. I want to add a rose garden that others can come & enjoy, & there is so much to learn. My dream is to someday switch from my 9-5 to full time growing as a livelihood.

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  881. Kristin Lemus on

    Newbie to roses and weekend warrior here. I grew up helping my mom grow roses but have not yet tried them myself. Hoping to learn a lot and get started on the right foot.

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  882. Georgene Becerra on

    I’m an aspiring rosarian. I grow many varieties of annuals and I’d love to learn how to harvest stems of roses to include them in my arrangements.

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  883. Sayuki Sugimura on

    Felicia, your story was so inspiring and amazing. And thank you Erin for introducing her.
    I have been a full time (when I have time and desire) gardener throughout my life.
    Born in Japan and grew up with flowers like Camellia even in mid winter. I moved to Minnesota 35 years ago. Yes, zone 4 and deer are my hurdles. I joined University of Minnesota horticulture when I was 50 years old.
    After losing 100 hybrid tea roses from early snow storm in October and flooding of the lake, I gave up growing roses. Somehow, Charles de Mills rose did survive and a gift of rose plants from a rose breeder at the U made me start growing roses again. I am excited to find a new rose grower, breeder today!

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  884. Amanda on

    What a gem of a story. It’s inspired me to keep going even when life is full of challenges! I also like the list of Felicia’s favorite roses. I seem some familiar faces on the list but also some new ones that I’m very interested in.
    I’m in between an Everyday Gardener and Aspiring Rosarian and I’d like to learn more about the proper way to cut a plant for cut flowers – how deep to go, how much to cut/keep. I get nervous that I might cut too much and hurt the roses.

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  885. Susan on

    I am an everyday gardener who loves roses but definitely need to learn more. I want to keep adding to my collection for the purpose of gifting bouquets and arrangements to friends and neighbors. Spreading beauty to others!

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  886. Nena W. on

    I am most definitely an Aspiring Rosarian…. I hope to read Felicia’s new book and learn all her tried-and-true secrets to grow gorgeous Roses to sell at our local Farmer’s Market as well as gift to friends and neighbors…I too went to University and graduated with a degree in a Science field (Wildlife Biology) and was planning to go on to Graduate School, but marriage and a baby were in my immediate future at that point…So I also like Felicia like to geek out during the whole enjoyable gardening adventure…Thank you for interviewing Felicia, Erin. I can’t wait for your next interview and blogs! I learn so much every time!

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  887. Kerrie on

    I’m somewhere between every day gardener and aspiring rosarian. I am anxiously waiting to prep a large chunk of acreage for a heavenly bed of new roses! We have one more year to wait as a road expansion project is done before I can begin on this new field. In the meantime, I am trialing new varieties to test their performance before I dive headfirst into purchasing en masse. My plan is to have an ombre field of color with rows upon rows of gradual color change. I can’t wait to learn from Felicia‘s book and discover more secrets about rose care. In particular, the great debate on how much water they need. I’ve heard varying opinions on this and would love to set the record straight.

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  888. Katlyn Woodruff on

    I’m a weekend warrior in the winter when the days are short. I’m getting into roses because of my grandfather. It’s a good way to remember him.
    My biggest issue is the DEER! But I also need to learn how to manage fungus in the Pacific NW. I think reading the book will help with that along with snail treatment.

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  889. Rachel on

    I’m a weekend gardener, and roses are intimidating to me. Between bugs and disease, it seems I can’t keep them nice no matter what protocol I follow. I think roses are so incredibly romantic – especially the cabbage type – and I would enjoy knowing how to keep them growing. Thank you for this prize opportunity!

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  890. Sue E Becker on

    Roses to me are similar to sweet peas to Erin. They are the flower from my mother and grandmother. We are now retired military, but everywhere we have been transferred, I have planted roses! Once, I dug up and moved my whole garden from Omaha, NE. to Spokane WA.! They are still blooming 20 years later!

    I am not new to flower growing, but am very new to this level. My dream, that we are in the process of growing, is a greenhouse wedding venue in a flower garden!

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  891. Johanna Walker on

    I am a daily gardener and aspiring rosarian. Felicia is so easy to talk to and reach out. I begin my journey with roses 2 years ago, many times I send an Instagram message to Felicia and she always took the time to answer. Her knowledge about roses is huge and her book is on my list. Last year we did an expansion to our garden beds, this year I would like to add more roses. I hope she can bring hard to find roses commercially.

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  892. Audrey Jennings on

    I’m an aspiring rosarian! I’m only in my second year of cut flower farming and I’m hoping to absorb as much as I can about growing roses from Felicia’s book. I’ve never had the opportunity to try my hand at roses until this year. I will be adding roses this season, and I’m excited and nervous all at the same time! My farm while so tiny in production compared to most, is also a place where I’m able to offer family photo sessions and fulfill my photography dreams! My greatest hope and dream is to offer a curated rose garden for the backdrop for my photo sessions! Can you just imagine how beautiful of an experience this is going to be?!?!

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  893. Jenny Collins on

    I am a weekend warrior. My biggest problem is that I have beautiful roses and bushes to start the season but my leaves turn to lace from a tiny caterpillar that chews them to nothing. I’ve tried everything to be rid of them.

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  894. Chandra on

    My experience as an everyday gardener of cut flowers and veggies has not translated well to growing and caring for roses. My first rose, a Cecile Brunner, is starving for attention and I have no idea how to take proper care of her. She needs some proper TLC in which I am hoping to gain some insight from Felicia’s book regarding pruning and maintaining an all around healthy plant. With that knowledge, I can then care for the additional four rose varieties in my possession and, just maybe, I can begin implementing roses to our cut flower production. As always, thank you for sharing these stories.

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  895. Julie on

    I am at this point a Weekend Warrior gardener, but am working towards Everyday as time permits. I am hoping to learn how to incorporate beautiful roses into my flower garden and care for them.

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  896. Robin Cushing on

    Hi, I am an everyday gardener We recently sold our home of 27 years near the coast of Ventura where we raised our family. We moved to a smaller home with a huge hill in the back. It is a much warmer climate. In the middle of escrow I was diagnosed with breast cancer. We moved, I had surgery and radiation and now it’s time to move forward! I discovered floret at the beginning of the pandemic. I enjoy her Instagram and the awesome series on the magnolia network. It left me wanting more. I now want to plant a cut flower garden on my hill! Because of the pandemic it has been hard for me to connect with new friends. My garden has brought me so much joy. I am now embarking on a rose garden. I have already ordered Erin’s book but I can use all the help I can get! I would especially love the cutting!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Robin

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  897. Mary Beth Hunt on

    I’ve slowly given up my vegetable growing garden space for flower space…..and one bed will be roses because of Erin’s stories!

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  898. LMD on

    I’m a weekend gardener level. What I hope to see from this book are all of Felicia’s wisdom with roses. I only have 1 rose bush and it took a lot to care. I hope to gain on what type of roses to get to have a better maintenance. I also hope to see the book not overwhelming, and more personal to read.

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  899. Bobbi on

    I grew up helping my mom in her garden. Each spring, she would come home with a car full of plants and some would make it through the summer, some wouldn’t. She wouldn’t do much research behind her pairings and just bought pretty things she liked. :) What used to feel like a chore on Saturday mornings is now my most favorite hobby! Researching what pairs well in similar soil and sunlight conditions, textures and colors that compliment each other… I could go on and on and I have my momma to thank for that! I look back now and love having the memories of helping her each spring.

    Roses have always intimidated me, but this year I am facing my fear and just ordered a couple from David Austin in hopes they will thrive in the heat and humidity of Texas! As an everyday gardener, I am looking forward to navigating my first rose growing season with the help of Felicia’s new book. Hopefully it’s wondrous!

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  900. Val Taylor on

    I am an everyday gardener. I grew up in Mt Vernon Wa. and was lucky to learn about gardening from my neighbor we called “Grandma Austin.” I had my own cut flower garden when I was 11 years old and have been gardening ever since. We had roses at the home I grew up in and I have always loved them. When I moved to the garden I now have there was only two roses there and no room to plant. I had dug up several roses to bring with me from a memorial garden I made when my mother died. I had to get creative. There was a narrow walkway on the side of my house with bark covering soil about a two foot wide strip that is about 30 foot long. So this became my rose and cutting garden. I love learning and I share my flowers with loved ones, friends, neighbors and passers by.

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  901. Amelia Polder on

    I am a weekend warrior just getting into roses and I need to learn EVERYTHING! 😆 Thank you for this amazing giveaway, I would absolutely love to win!

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  902. Emily on

    I am a weekend warrior but got my start with roses after following Menagerie and Felicia on Instagram. I immediately fell in love with her roses and placed my first bare root order. Every year I pick a few more to add to my collection! We just sold our house and thinking about leaving my roses behind is heartbreaking although hopefully they will continue to bring beauty and happiness to the new owners. I would love her book so when I start fresh in my new to me house I can be more intentional with how and where I plant and create the rose garden of my dreams.

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  903. Megan on

    I am a Daily Gardener in the Midwest, with one of Menagerie’s roses already in my garden! I was so impressed with the quality of the bare roots and how they already bloomed and took off in their first year. In her book I hope to learn more about their growing patterns to expand my rose collection even further in my cut flower garden.

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  904. Nancy Wallace on

    Everyday Gardener here just North of Atlanta. However, I am new to roses but would love to try. I’ve had a few in the past but just never knew exactly how to care for them. Here in the South we have unrelenting heat and humidity in the summer, and pretty mild winters. Any help – advice – direction I can get would be most welcome. I am planning on establishing a dedicated space for a cutting garden on my 1-acre property and would love to add some roses. Thanks for sharing your story with us all – wishing for you & yours continued success and a beautiful, bountiful harvest for years to come. And thanks to Erin at Floret for connecting us !!!

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  905. Mariela White on

    I’m a weekend warrior, but I’ll be moving to my first house this summer, and I’m trying to learn as much as possible to have my first real garden. Soaking in all the knowledge! I appreciate all the blogs posts!

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  906. Jenn Post on

    What an incredible interview, hope to visit her farm soon. I am a new gardener with a res of land , I’m interested in learning more about gorgeous hardy roses and other flowers that can thrive in cooler/wet climates ( with shorter grow seasons) and how to take care of pest and flower health issues responsibly and sustainably . Planning a large private (not for profit) flower garden but hope to share it with my garden community and local school floral education snd arranging class! Thank you for sharing your valuable time and experience! Looking forward to the book!

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  907. Amy S on

    Due to busy work weeks and kids schedules, I am currently a weekend warrior. Everydayer is my goal though! 😉 I love, love roses and try so hard to do everything right, but I guess I don’t and my roses are never quite where I want them to be, health wise. Even if I could be more confident with my pruning it would be a huge help! Thank you.

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  908. Sue Marsh on

    I love reading about growing roses. I inly have one struggling sad iceberg rose in a corner of my garden . Not to be dissuaded, I’m hoping to save my line rose and figure out how to grow some friends to go with it. I am also planting my first cutting garden this Spring and am excited to beautify my world and to share beauty with neighbors and friends.

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  909. Jennifer Vyvlecka on

    Loved the interview! I too am providing care for family, and though it wasn’t the path I envisioned for myself, I’m using the time to cultivate my gardens. {Everyday Gardener} I have only 2 yellow rose bushes, planted as a tribute to my late grandmother. I just prayed they would do well, and they did! So now I’m on a quest to keep them as healthy as possible & collect more! I would love to have a copy of your book, so I can do my best in the future ( & I’m excited to see all the rose photography!). I have a wish list prepared for your rose sale, I hope my fingers can move fast enough on sale day!

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  910. Megan Allen on

    I am obsessed with hearing about the twisty turny careers of amazing women farmers have taken. It gives me hope that the universe, along with my hard work, will get me where I’m supposed to be.

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  911. Lily on

    I’d say I’m an aspiring rosarian. I’ve been discouraged by the rose rosette virus which is rampant on the east coast :( but I’m hoping to learn more about natural black spot remedies!

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  912. Brittany on

    I would consider myself to be an aspiring rosarian. I have had a lot of trial and error with roses. I’ve have had many roses loose their graft due to frigid temperatures. I am learning more and more each year and am absolutely fascinated with the different varieties and colors of roses. I currently have 25 roses around my home and look forward to continuing my collection.

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  913. Rebekah on

    I’m a flower farmer — but calling me an aspiring rosarian would be a stretch. How about a wannabe aspiring rosarian? Thank you yet again for introducing another inspiring flower farmer to all of us.

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  914. Nancy on

    I’m a weekend gardener and love roses, herbs, perennials and natives. I’ve always felt intimidated by roses and their care. I’m tempted by several of the roses in your favorites section….
    What an amazing business you’ve managed to grow doing what you love!

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  915. Pam Butler on

    I am a everyday gardener. I love being in my garden working in the earth and all the smells from everything. I love to watch everything from the beginning bursting out in the spring , from the time it all takes a rest. I am excited to learn more with this new book Thanks for sharing!

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  916. Theresa Kelly on

    I have lots of space and lots of time and lots of love for cut flowers. I have rugosa rosas that need to come out, as they are invasive. But they are lovely, with fragrance and rose hips that I will miss. I am hopeful this new book will help me choose replacements that I will come to love, here on the other coast!

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  917. Jayne on

    Aspiring Rosarian! I have a couple David Austin roses that I planted next year and I now have plans of a whole field of roses because of Felicia! I am so excited to start my rose field off with lots of bare root roses from Menagerie and David Austin and will add more every year!! What a beautiful story you have Felicia and thank you Erin for sharing with us all!

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  918. Britany Dugas on

    I am a weekend warrior (though I’m learning more every year!) and dream of a full, lush rose garden to walk through with my daughter. She’s 10 months old and I am trying to show her as much beauty in the world through flowers as I can. In years past, I have struggled with loving my plants to death (overwatering) and way under pruning. I was so scared before! We recently moved from Texas to Utah for my husband’s job, so I’m hoping Felicia’s book will help me to go back to basics in a new climate while building upon the experience I’ve gotten from years past. We only brought two bushes with us from our old house, so adding a few more would be absolutely lovely!

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  919. Christine Whitaker on

    I’m The Aspiring Rosarian. We own a small flower farm in the mountains of Linden, VA. I would love to grow roses for our community and want to learn everything I can. I’m currently working 2 jobs while running our small farm and need all the help I can get. I’m so grateful that Felica has put all her knowledge in one place. It’s so challenging to figure out what’s the right way to do anything, especially when you have no idea how to search for the answers you need.

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  920. Casey on

    I currently live in an apartment, so all of my plants are small potted patio plants. However, I am planning on moving in the next couple of months and will have roughly 1/2 an acre to garden. I have been collecting seeds for some time now and recently bought Florets Cut Flower Garden book, which has been a big help in the planning of my garden. Roses have always been a favorite and I have a long list of bare root roses that I’d love to incorporate into my garden when I start it. I think the Growing Wonder book would be a huge help in not only getting my roses started, but also in keeping them beautiful and bountiful. I’m hopeful that one day, with all the knowledge I have and will continue to gain from folks like Erin and Felicia, I will be able to grow flowers as beautiful as they do!

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  921. Deanna Berg on

    I am an Everyday Gardener and have purchased 7 of Felicia’s roses over the last few years. They are doing good, but not great because of our humidity and pest pressure. They are all beautiful roses and I enjoy them all. I do not use4 chemicals in my garden, so I will probably be looking to learn more about natural disease and pest prevention. Thank you Felicia and Erin for all you do.

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  922. Sabrina on

    Definitely a mix of a weekend warrior and an everyday gardener; just depends on that week’s workload, the weather and focus/need for a creative outlet :) I’d love to learn more about how to evaluate a particular cultivar, how to troubleshoot what’s working and what isn’t. I have a few roses that are stellar performers with minimal effort and a few that are begging for some TLC. It would be great to better understand the needs, habits and traits of these plants to help them flourish in my garden.

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  923. Christina Faulhaber on

    Oh my. Felicia’s experience is a treasure trove! I’d love to learn more While I am a weekend warrior, I focus on roses and bouquets for home, work, friends, and strangers. Simple ones that are easily to put in a simple found “vase.” I struggle with my David Austin roses that have weak stems and I feel I’ve tried everything. I’d love to learn new things to try including replacing mine for ones that won’t flop if need be. Blackspot and mildew of course in my wet prolonged Spring climate so help w that is always appreciated.

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  924. Irene K. on

    I don’t have any experience in growing roses, so I guess I’m a weekend warrior who wants to learn. My husband and I retired in 2017 and he was the yard tender, along with the three rose bushes. My husband would cut roses to proudly bring in to me for bouquets. He passed away in 2020 and seeing the roses in my yard elicits such sweet memories. I am now looking for outdoor hobbies to fill my time, from veggie gardening to flower growing. Living in the high desert presents some challenges. I would like to find varieties that could thrive in a warm climate with cooler nights, to learn how to lovingly care for the existing roses in the yard, and to add some varieties so I can continue to enjoy their fragrance, beauty and sweet memories.

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  925. Julie on

    I am an aspiring rose grower! I would just love to learn the basic ins and outs of roses! Thanks!

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  926. Jennifer Gandarias on

    I am a weekend warrior until late spring and then I become an everyday gardener. Gardening is my respite from the demands of teaching and gives me the opportunity to clear my mind. I grow a number of David Austin roses but I struggle with pruning to cultivate longer stems. Also, I think it is time for me to focus on strengthening the health of these 20-year-old roses. I am excited about the new book.

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  927. Julia on

    I am a daily gardener in the Midwest, so find roses sometimes challenging due to our extreme winters and humid summers. My biggest struggle is finding a system to overwinter them well. Hopefully her new book will have some information that addresses that.

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  928. Natalie Lairamore on

    I am new to growing roses, so I suppose I’m a Weekend Warrior. A friend gifted me with 3 beautiful David Austin roses and I’d love to learn all the things I need to know to grow them into large, lovely, productive bushes.

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  929. Marilyn Norberg on

    I am an everyday gardener but do have quite a few roses. I have a love/hate relationship with them-love them when they are giving me bouquets for my home and friends, hate them when they are “resting ” in the winter and I have to prune them. We have seen more pests as the winter weather has been warming here in No. Calif. and I’d like to learn how to identify/organically deal with them

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  930. Jennifer Hendren on

    I am an avid gardener, but I have problems with roses. I am hoping that this book will help me figure out what my problems are and make it so I can grow the beautiful roses I adore.

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  931. Alicia Monroe on

    I would consider myself an everyday gardener. I love flowers and love growing them and now that we’ve established our vegetable garden, cutting garden, and various other plants, I’d like to try my hand at roses. My paternal grandmother grew beautiful roses and I remember as a child walking through her rows of rose bushes being intoxicated with their fragrant smell. Unfortunately, she passed before she could pass on all her rose growing knowledge to me. Three things I want to learn how to do well: manage pests, fertilize properly, and how to prune the bushes to their fullest potential.

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  932. Rebecca Burke on

    I am a Weekend Warrior who dreams of being as Aspiring Rosarian! I am hoping to learn more about disease and pest control from Felicia’s book. I have a few David Austin Roses that suffered from rabbit pressure and one (very sadly) Rose Rosette last year.

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  933. Janice on

    I am an Everyday Gardener who wants to grow with confidence. I have always loved roses / flowers. I am wanting to expand my knowledge on all aspects of Roses to fill my yard with more beauty. This year marks 4 years from the passing of my MOM and MIL . They both loved roses and flowers. I want to expand my memory gardens.

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  934. Janet Malley on

    I am an Aspiring Rosarian! I have some beautiful woodland that I am stewarding and there am planting only native roses. And then there is the rest of the property that holds an outdoor preschool operated by my daughter and plenty of room for field grown roses. Roses themselves are a significant part of my spiritual practice. I look forward to this book and the beauty it promises to reveal.

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  935. Sunny May on

    I’m an everyday gardener with a long time passion for David Austin roses. My earliest Austins were planted in 1994 and are still going strong! I am a “tough love” type of gardener and am looking for advice on how to take even better care of my existing roses. I’m also interested in learning more about the newer non-Austin types of roses. I think that companion planting is an area that many gardeners struggle with and am very interested in suggestions for that. Thanks!

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  936. Anne Kelly on

    Aspiring Rosarian! Excited to see there are still some in-person flower growing classes out there!

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  937. Jenny Boyd on

    Love all the recommendations. I am a weekend warrior, dont grow for selling although it is my dream to have a flower farm someday. I have a couple David Austin which tend to be my favorite but always looking for other varieties to add to my garden. I struggle with aphids even though I buy all the bugs. Also brown spots on the leaves but I tend to still get beautiful blooms. I hope to learn about these two struggles and just learn more about caring for roses and getting more blooms from them. Im also just excited to see all the beautiful pictures and be inspired by the beauty.

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  938. Beth on

    I definitely fall into weekend warrior category but am looking to develop my gardening skills as I transition to retirement. I love roses and have an acre to landscape and am very excited to understand the new varieties that are less fussy than older varieties. I also live a few hours from Floret Farms and anxiously await the day when we can have those “sleepover”‘seminars again.

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  939. Brittany S. on

    I am an Everyday Gardner that had my eyes opened to roses last year. We’ve lived in our home for 18 years with a small row of roses that I’ve never done much to. I usually deadhead them when I remember but they’ve sat neglected for much of the time. Last year I decided to redo the rose bed and interplant with some perennials and cut flowers. I cleaned out any weeds and grasses growing around them and pruned them the way they are supposed to be pruned. Then they blew my mind. And now here I am, needing all the roses. Hopefully, Felicia’s book can help me do it right.

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  940. Sandie Zendner on

    I’m a Weekend Warrior moving into Everyday Gardener,
    Recently I planted a cut flower garden and want to start adding roses. Hopefully I can transition from rose ignorant into Aspiring Rosarian.

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  941. Debbie Lai on

    I’m a weekend warrior! I would love to learn more about pest management and organic planting. I’m having so many issues with different bugs each year.

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  942. Kimberly Lewis on

    What a delightful interview! I enjoyed this read very much!! I have always loved flowers and grown what I could afford to over the years. A friend encouraged our family to start a flower farm. It was a last minute decision in January of 2020. We were thrilled to find floret and get in on the January seed sale. Then Covid hit and it was actually the perfect time to start something new like this, because it gave us something new and fun to do as a family. Our only knowledge is what we have read in blogs and books over the last two years and our own trial and error. (Florets book on the cut flower farm was extremely helpful!) I fell in love with the David Austin roses and have been adding plants as I am able, but I do find caring for roses is very different than hydrangeas and annuals I’m used to. I would love to read a copy of Felicia’s book to gain more knowledge on how to deal with pests and disease, as well as cutting care for long vase life. I’m looking forward to her upcoming roses sale! Thank you for sharing her story and offering these gifts.

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  943. Kory Helmuth on

    I am an Everyday Gardener and this is my first year growing cut flowers to sell! I would like to grow roses, but have never had good experience with them. I would hope to learn how to care and grow varieties for cut flowers!

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  944. Shelly deaton on

    I’ve been a weekend warrior most of my life in Southern California , where roses thrive. I am now enrolled in the floret workshop and starting a cut flower farm. Our new farm is in Northern California where the climate is cool and foggy. I would love to grow roses here. I know it will take some time to see which roses can handle the misty coast. But I’m excited to try. I love all flowers, but roses probably have first place in my heart.

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  945. Maddie Zack on

    I am a weekend warrior looking to be an everyday gardener. I am most liking forward to learning how to replant my roses. I have a couple beautiful plants at our new house, but in my opinion they do not get enough sun. I want to do it right! This book will help so much to expand my rose journey.

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  946. Peggy San Roman on

    Everyday Gardener, always! – Aspiring Rosarian, recently. I’ve been growing roses for many years, but for the last few I have started adding garden roses to my little flower farm, which supplies my friends and neighbors with seasonal bouquets. What a beautiful surprise to read your rose story this morning! Thank you for the inspiration and information. Can’t wait to read your upcoming book!

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  947. Zandria Mazzaferro on

    I’m an everyday gardener hoping to learn from Felicia’s book how to care for my current roses to be the best they can, and then increase my number of rose bushes to include cutting roses for arrangements. Right now, I struggle with keeping my current bushes blooming. I can’t wait!

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  948. MARY D. CAIN on

    I expect I am an aspiring rosarian. I have roses dotted around my property as well as a formal rose garden. I live in northern Colorado, zone 5a. I especially need to learn more about winter care of roses.

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  949. Renae on

    I have been gardening all of my life in one way or another: houseplants indoors, family garden, to a micro urban farm. I love roses and if truth be told I grow them for my husband. He rescued a dozen or so roses from his Uncle’s home years ago to share with the extended family. The three we kept are still growing and blooming, but are coming to the end of their life. They are around 30 years old. I want to learn to propagate them and begin with them again. I am new to your blog, but am loving and learning. Thank you for introducing me to a whole new world. I enjoyed Felicia’s story very much and could use her book to aid in my rose journey.

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  950. Lindsay Hamilton on

    I’m so excited about your book! I’m a newer ( year 4 ) flower farmer and roses are so important and to having a good supply of fresh , fragrant flowers . I can’t wait for your book ! Congrats!!!

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  951. Terri Witherell on

    I am a flower farmer/event florist. We use many flowers from our farm in our design work but rely on a wholesaler to satisfy our brides’ insatiable appetite for roses. We have four fifty-foot beds planned for roses on our 2022 planting plan. We are hoping that Felicia’s book will provide guidance for our new growing goals! Just booked our 52nd wedding for 2022 while reading Felicia’s interview…wish I would have started roses a few years ago!

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  952. Carol on

    Hello! I’m a weekend warrior, this will be my first time attempting to grow any type of flower in my garden here in warm New Mexico! I’m hoping I have some success in my first year, gardening has been an amazing outlet for me as it has been for many people throughout the pandemic. I’ve grown veggies and herbs with great results, but roses hold a special place in my heart. I’d love to read Felicia’s book and learn from her, so I can have beautiful roses all around my yard for my family and neighbors to appreciate!

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  953. Rachel C. on

    I am an Everyday Gardener. Every chance that I get I’m out in the garden! My biggest area of struggle with my roses is powdery mildew and black spot (part of living in the beautiful PNW!)

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  954. Susan O'Halloran on

    I am an everyday gardener. I have a number of old-fashioned roses growing on my property, but want to learn more about caring for them. I also want to expand the plantings, so it would be great to get some advice about good varieties to grow.

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  955. Warittha on

    I would say I’m an Everyday Gardener. My heart belongs in the garden, and it’s where I love to be when I have time after my daily morning chores are done. Although I am not new to gardening, I am somewhat new to planting and caring for roses. My mom loves roses, and I grew up seeing roses in her garden. But I never intentionally grew them in my own garden until recently. I hope to learn more about caring for roses, from soil to insects, cutting to designing, in my own garden and as beautiful arran