Allen D. Owings and C. Allen Broyles
EarthKind Roses for 2008 and 2009EarthKind rose varieties have recently been named for 2008 (Madame Antoine Mari and New Dawn) and 2009 (La Marne and Souvenir de St. Anne’s). This brings the total number of Texas’ EarthKind roses to 19.
The roses are listed below with the following information: year of introduction, rose classification, mature height and width (approximate), blossom color, blossom type, frequency of blooming, fragrance and other characteristics. All can be grown in Louisiana.
Griffith Buck roses are new to most horticulturists in the South. Buck conducted rose breeding at Iowa State University from 1952-1985. His roses were bred for cold hardiness and other factors. Many of these roses are able to bloom in partial shade and shady conditions. He named approximately 90 varieties. The most famous Griffith Buck rose is Carefree Beauty. Introduced in 1977, this rose is also sold under the name Katy Road Pink. April Moon, above, is a Griffith Buck rose. Horticulture professor Steve George at Texas A&M University-Dallas and Mark Chamblee of Chamblee’s Nursery in Tyler, Texas, have located the vast majority of the Griffith Buck rose varieties. The LSU AgCenter is evaluating Griffith Buck rose varieties separate from the EarthKind rose project.
Allen D. Owings, Professor, Hammond Research Station, Hammond, La., and C. Allen Broyles, Research Associate, Burden Center, Baton Rouge, La.(This article was published in the winter 2009 issue of Louisiana Agriculture.)
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