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Jolene Adams (Hybridizer Panel moderator)

Jolene is an ARS past-president, whose work in the organization has been recognized with both the Klima Medal and the Gold Medal. She served on many ARS committees as both a member and chair. Jolene has also served on committees and held offices in the World Federation of Rose Societies.  She has also served on both District and local rose society boards and committees.

 

In her professional life, Jolene was the computer Resource Manager for the University of California, Berkley, College of Chemistry and Webmaster for the Computing Services, College of Chemistry.

 

Jolene grows over 150 roses of all types, and she lectures widely on computing issues, general gardening topics and roses.

 

David Bang (Hybridizer Panel member) 

He was born in San Jose and has lived there all of his life. Dave developed his artistic background which has become part of his professional life as well as the type of roses he creates. Dave is an illustrator in graphic design. He is also a professional photographer. 

 

For Dave, surprisingly, his interest in roses began with a trip to a Home Depot garden department one day many years ago. He happened to see several roses there; ‘Honor’, ‘Arizona’, ‘Don Juan’, ‘Frivolous Pink’ and he was drawn to the beauty of the blooms. He began to look at roses in other nurseries like ‘Black Magic’ and ‘Sheila’s Perfume’. He really loved the striped pattern of ‘Fourth of July’. He thought to himself, “I wonder if I could produce a bloom with the ‘Black Magic’ color and form, with white or yellow stripes”, and so his journey as a hybridizer started. 

Steven Roussell (Hybridizer Panel member)

My name is Steve Roussell, I live in Lake Charles, La. I am a retired residential painter of 40 years. I only started hybridizing 12 years ago in 2009. My goals are to produce new roses for all of us. My first goal for me is fragrance followed by form, hardiness and vigor. I have four roses in commerce. ‘Liz’s Charm’ and ‘Vibrant Vonnie’ are at K&M. ‘Vibrant Vonnie’ and ‘Clovie’ are at Wisconsin Roses and maybe next year ‘Liz’s Charm’. I belong to the ARS, SWLA local rose society. I also belong to several other rose societies including Houston, Shreveport Bossier, Acadiana, Cen La and Golden Triangle.

I’m mostly interested in very large hybrid teas with fragrance and good form. I’m also aware that I need to incorporate hardiness in my roses. I’m working on it! I’m interested in individual flowers while I appreciate all types of roses. I want roses with that wow factor and fragrance that will make you return to the garden over and over to see it again! 

 

Steve Singer (Hybridizer Panel member)

I started hybridizing roses in 1992, after spending time in the garden of John Sheldon.  John was helpful in mentoring me, as was Will Radler.  I joined the rose hybridizers association shortly after starting.

I was lucky to have the very first bloom of mine be a rose that I introduced as ‘Oksana’.  One of the best compliments I've received in my rose life was a comment from a customer who told me that Evan "SLATS" Wathen liked ‘Oksana’, and often recommended it to beginners in the Golden Triangle Society area.  Since that first rose, I've introduced the following roses:  ‘Betty Knight Scripps’, ‘Brilliant Betty’, ‘Florence Mayer’, ‘Ida’, ‘Kristen Singer’, ‘Oksana’, ‘Olivia Rose’, ‘Ruthie's Rose’, ‘RBG’, and ‘Swing Time’.

I've enjoyed getting to know and share ideas with many other hybridizers.

 

Jim Sproul (Hybridizer Panel member)

In his spare time, Jim Sproul, has been hybridizing roses in Bakersfield, California for over 30 years.   His first commercial rose was ‘Honey Dijon’, a floribunda introduced by Weeks Roses.  Around the same time Jim introduced a pink  mini called ‘Heather Sproul’, with which Steve Singer won best Mini Spray at the Minneapolis National Rose Show in 2007. Since then Jim has become interested making crosses with Hulthemias and has two recent roses, ‘Eyeconic Plum Lemonade’ and ‘Eyeconic Mango Lemonade’  being introduced by Star Roses.  Jim is also the hybridizer of the two convention roses, ‘Diane Sommers’ and ‘Milwaukee Sunrise’.

 
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Dr. Baldo Villegas (Pest Panel Moderator)

I retired as Senior Environmental Research Scientist with the CA State Department of Food and Agriculture effective December 31, 2011. I worked for CDFA for about 34+ years developing and implementing biological control programs against invasive insect and weed pests throughout the California. Some examples of my biological control programs include the western grape leaf skeletonizer in central and northern CA; Yellow starthistle throughout CA plus other weeds such as water hyacinth, puncturevine, purple loosestrife, knapweeds, Mediterranean sage, Saltcedar (Tamarix), Dalmatian toadflax, water hyacinth, etc. 

In February 2009 my wife and I bought a two-acre property in Orangevale and divided it in half to include a horse pasture for HER and a garden for HIM. Baldo’s Acre is devoted to a rose garden, a perennial garden, and an edible garden. The rose garden contains about 1500+ roses of all types plus there is a rose holding area with over 1000 potted plants of all types. The edible garden consists of over 50 fruit trees, 30 grapevines, 60+ blueberry plants, numerous blackberry plants and a large vegetable garden with many types of vegetables. The backyard features many perennial plants that were especially selected to attract birds, bees, beneficial insects, and butterflies. The lawn in the backyard has disappeared to make room for a cottage garden with perennials, annual plants, herbs and fruit trees. 

 

I grow roses for pleasure and for exhibition at local and district rose shows. About 60% of my roses are miniature roses. One of my seedlings, Baby Ballerina, was introduced by Michael’s Premier Roses in 1997. I am Accredited Horticulture Judge (1987), Consulting Rosarian (1987) and Master Rosarian (2005) with the American Rose Society. From 1989-2003, I served as Northern California-Nevada-Hawaii (NCNH) District Chair of Consulting Rosarians and this capacity, I revamped the CR Program for the NCNH District and organized and participated in numerous CR workshops and schools for the NCNH District and other districts across the United States. I served one 3-year term as Chair of the IPM Committee for the American Rose Society and in that position I developed and shared IPM information with the ARS and its Consulting Rosarian Program. I also served a 3-year term as National Chair of the Consulting Rosarian Committee. In this capacity I oversaw the CR Program which includes over 3000 Consulting Rosarians and Master Consulting Rosarians across the country.

 

I am an active member of the American Rose Society as well as my local rose societies, Sierra Foothills and Sacramento Rose Societies. In my local rose societies, I have served in many different capacities since 1982. I am also Honorary Member of Mother Lode and the Connecticut Rose Societies. I am past president of both Sacramento and Sierra Foothills Rose Societies as well as past editor of The Sacramento Rose Bulletin. I was chairman for the 2001 NCNH District 

Dr. Raymond Cloyd (Rose Pest Panel Member)

Professor and Extension Specialist in Horticultural Entomology/Plant Protection, Department of Entomology, Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS). 

Raymond has an extension (70%) and research (30%) appointment in the Department of Entomology at Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS). Raymond received his MS and PhD from the Department of Entomology at Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN), and was employed as a professor at the University of Illinois (Urbana, IL) in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences prior to his employment at Kansas State University. His research and extension program involve plant protection/pest management in greenhouses, nurseries, landscapes, turfgrass, conservatories, interiorscapes, Christmas trees, vegetables and fruits, and pollinators.

Raymond is the extension specialist in horticultural entomology for the state of Kansas with a major clientele that includes homeowners, master gardeners, and professional and commercial operators. He has published over 80 scientific refereed publications, over 900 trade journals, and over 60 extension publications on topics related to pest management/plant protection. In addition, he has authored or co-authored numerous books (Greenhouse Pest Management, Pests and Diseases of Herbaceous Perennials, IPM for Gardeners, Plant Protection: Managing Greenhouse Insect and Mite Pests, Compendium of Rose Diseases and Pests, and Compendium of Bedding Plant Diseases and Pests), book chapters, manuals, PICT or picture-pocket guides, and extension-related publications. Raymond is a frequent speaker at state, national, and international conferences and seminars; and has received numerous awards and honors during his over 20-year academic career. Raymond’s professional specialty areas include plant protection, biological control, plant-insect interactions, insect ecology, pesticides, integrating pesticides with biological control agents, and sanitation.

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Dr. Tommy Cairns (Klima Presenter)

Dr. Tommy Cairns, is an internationally renowned author, rose expert, and successful exhibitor. He has judged international rose shows in South America, Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Europe. Tommy served as the 50th President of the American Rose Society in 2000-2003. He was editor of both Modern Roses 10 and Modern Roses XI - THE WORLD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ROSES and was Editor of World Rose News for 12 years. His literary efforts have been chronicled in Botanica’s Roses and in a series of popular books, namely All About Roses, All About the Easiest Roses to Grow, and The Complete Guide to Roses, published by Ortho/ Meredith Books, and The Ultimate Rose Book, published by Abrams, New York. In 2002 Tommy pioneered the publication of World Rose News as a full color hardcopy mailed to 41 National Rose Societies. Professionally Dr. Cairns recently retired as the Scientific Director/ Forensic Toxicologist for the Psychemedics Corporation in Culver City, California. He is Scottish born and holds a PhD in Chemistry and Doctor of Science degree (DSc) in Toxicology, Biochemistry, Art Conservation and Archaeology from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. 

 

Presentation Synopsis:

Fifty years is a major milestone of achievement for any organization. Celebration is not so much a golden opportunity for festivities, but perhaps also a solemn occasion to pause and relive with great pride at many memorable journeys over the last 50 years. Relive the convergence of people, events, technology and locations that ultimately shaped the world of roses by developing a global community without conventional boundaries bringing into closer harmony the lives of rose growers everywhere. Gaining the respect not only for the establishment of international camaraderie, but also for the global promotion of the joy of growing roses was the ARS mission. These 50 years have been incredible with people, places and conferences populating our daily lives with roses in sharp focus. This illustrated presentation honors the visionaries who made those bold footprints tracing through time the advancements providing service to one of Nature’s greatest gifts to humanity, “The Rose” and the profound effect on the behavior of global civilizations. 

 

These fifty years can and has been often declared “The Golden Age of Roses” - a time span whereby rose breeding became an honorable professional career giving the world the wonderful creations of thousands of varieties to suit every taste. Roses have become the favorite flower form on an international level. This presentation chronicles a remarkable story illustrating events that shaped the passions to serve the common good through innovative achievements and sheer volunteer spirit. 

 

Bob Martin (Klima Presenter)

Bob Martin is the 56th President of the American Rose Society.

Bob has been growing roses for more than 47 years. He and his wife Dona live in Escondido, California, where they maintain a rose garden of more than 600 roses of all types. He is an American Rose Society Master Rosarian, an Accredited Horticultural Judge and an Accredited Arrangements Judge.

Bob is well known as a humorous and effective speaker and rose evangelist, having spoken at 24 American Rose Society national conventions, at district conventions in all of the 18 ARS districts and more than 250 times at rose societies and garden clubs throughout the U.S.

Bob is also a prolific writer, having authored more than 700 published articles on roses. He is the National Editor of Horizon Roses, an annual review by the nation’s top exhibitors of new exhibition roses. Bob is also the author of the book “Showing Good Roses”, and maintains a website covering U.S. rose shows at www.roseshow.com. He was honored for his lifetime contribution to rose education as a 2009 recipient of the ARS Klima Medal.

Bob is an active rose exhibitor at all levels and the 2007 recipient of the ARS Guy Blake Hedrick Jr. Award for lifetime achievement in rose exhibiting.  He is also a hybridizer with 15 named varieties, including the show roses, 'Dona Martin', ‘Butter Cream’, ‘Peter Cottontail’ and ‘Pasadena Star’. Two of his latest roses are orange blend shrub  named, ‘Ruth Tiffany'’ and it the orange blend floribunda, 'Escondido Sunset'.

Bob is active in the San Diego Rose Society, which he has served in several capacities, including two terms as President. In the past he has served as the Pacific Southwest District Director of the American Rose Society, and in numerous local, district and national rose society positions. Bob is the recipient of the ARS Silver Honor Medal for Service to the District, and four ARS Bronze Honor Medals for service to the Pacific Rose Society, San Diego Rose Society, Los Angeles Rose Society and Pasadena Rose Society.

Presentation Synopsis:

"Horizon Roses 2021" – A program on the most recent publication of Horizon Roses 2021, featuring comments based on the report of the nation's top rose exhibitors on the exhibition potential of the newest hybrid teas, floribundas, miniflora and miniature roses. The program is accompanied by beautiful photographs, many by Bob and Dona Martin, and others by the introducers of the newest roses.

Marily Williams (Klima Presenter)

Marily (Young) Williams has been growing roses for most of her adult life, and first joined the American Rose Society almost 40 years ago.  Her local society was the Northeastern Illinois Rose Society – in the Illinois/Indiana District – and she very quickly had the opportunity to learn from, and compete with, some of the top growers and exhibitors in the country – not only in modern roses, but in shrubs, OGR’s, and arrangements.  Her mentors included people like Don & Paula Ballin, Bob Woodworth, John Hefner, Andy Plasz, and Elizabeth Abler.

Ms. Williams was “hooked”.  She earned her CR rank in 1997, and her Horticultural Judge badge in 1998.  She became the Roses in Review coordinator for her district, and realized that the entire system for RIR, Rose Registrations, and Modern Roses could benefit from updated technology, a coherent data base, and a presence on the web.  With degrees in mathematics and biology, and a profession in computer software… it was a natural fit.

While pursuing those technical goals for the ARS, Ms. Williams also became involved in the World Federation of Rose Societies.  She was a founding member of its Conservation Committee and led the project to complete a photodocumentary of the Roseto Botanico “Carla Fineschi”, in Italy.  She has served on the WFRS Classification Committee for the past four terms.  From 2010 to 2018, she also served as the Chair of the Permanent Judges for the International Rose Trials at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.

Ms. Williams served as an assistant editor for Modern Roses XI, and co-editor, with Phil Schorr, of Modern Roses XII.  She and Phil co-chaired the Registration Committee until 2018.  She was elected as District Director of the Illinois/Indiana District in 2000 and served the district as a member of the ARS Executive Committee for the next 3 years.  After moving to North Carolina, she served as the Vice Director of the Carolina District for 2 terms.

Ms. Williams served as an assistant editor for Modern Roses XI, and co-editor, with Phil Schorr, of Modern Roses XII.  She and Phil co-chaired the Registration Committee until 2018.  She was elected as District Director of the Illinois/Indiana District in 2000 and served the district as a member of the ARS Executive Committee for the next 3 years.  After moving to North Carolina, she served as the Vice Director of the Carolina District for 2 terms.

Presentation Synopsis:

Most of us learned about growing roses from our parents, our neighbors, and our friends in the American Rose Society.  Much of what we "know", unfortunately, is based on hearsay, and on old wives’ tales.  In this presentation, we'll take a look at the basics of botany and plant physiology and see how science can help us grow better roses - for our own enjoyment, as well as for exhibiting.  No prerequisites for this class.

Jeff Wyckoff (Klima Presenter)

Jeff Wyckoff has served the ARS in numerous ways at the local, District and National levels.  He has held offices at each of those levels, with the highest honor of being elected to the ARS presidency from 2009-2012.

He has been editor of the Pacific NW District Newsletter, the ARS OGR and Shrub Journal, The Rose for Today—Growing the Beautiful Mini-Flora by Sean McCann, and the 1994 ARS Annual.  As a writer, his work has been featured in the ARS World of Roses and Rose Tips columns, and Better Homes and Gardens Rose Gardening.  

Jeff served as the ARS National Chairman of Horticulture Judges from 2015-2017.  In 2017, he received the prestigious Joseph and Marion Klima Award.

Presentation Synopsis:

Covid cancellations in 2020 aside, our conventional rose shows are in peril. Consider: Of the 12 rose societies in Washington State, only 5 held judged shows in 2019, while two others were display only; for the last three years, no PNW society has volunteered to host a District Show; Oregon, which once had a dozen or so societies, is now down to four, all of whom staged judged shows.

 

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Rebecca Koraytem (Community Gardener Programming)

Rebecca Reed Koraytem is the U. S. Sales Executive for David Austin Roses Ltd, working directly with North American garden retailers and professional growers. She has deep knowledge of English Rose varieties and is attuned to diverse U.S. and Canadian gardening regions. Prior to joining David Austin Roses, Rebecca was a garden editor for Southern Living for 15 years. She is an award-winning writer and garden designer, an active member of GardenComm, and has  gardened professionally in the South and Pacific Northwest. She served on the board of the North Carolina Arboretum Society in Asheville, N.C, where she also served as a judge for the International Rose Trials hosted at Biltmore Estates. She holds an MS and a BS in Horticulture from Clemson University in Clemson, S.C. She lives In Everett, Wash.

Melinda Myers (Community Gardener Programming)

Nationally known gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist Melinda Myers has over 30 years of horticulture experience and has written over 20 gardening books, including Small Space Gardening, the Midwest Gardener’s Handbook, MN & WI Getting Started Garden Guide, Michigan Month-by-Month Gardening, and The Garden Book for Wisconsin. She hosts the nationally-syndicated “Melinda’s Garden Moment” TV & radio program and The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything” DVD series. Myers is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms and writes a nationally syndicated garden column. Prior to her current media work, Melinda hosted “The Plant Doctor” radio show for over 20 years as well as seven seasons of “Great Lakes Gardener” on PBS. Myers has a master’s degree in horticulture and was a horticulture instructor with tenure. Myers was recently inducted into the national Association for Garden Communicators Hall of Fame. Her website, www.melindamyers.com, features hundreds of gardening videos, audio tips, monthly garden checklists and more.

Marily Williams (Klima Presenter)

Marily (Young) Williams has been growing roses for most of her adult life, and first joined the American Rose Society almost 40 years ago.  Her local society was the Northeastern Illinois Rose Society – in the Illinois/Indiana District – and she very quickly had the opportunity to learn from, and compete with, some of the top growers and exhibitors in the country – not only in modern roses, but in shrubs, OGR’s, and arrangements.  

Ms Williams was “hooked”.  She earned her Consulting Rosarian rank in 1997, and her Horticultural Judge badge in 1998.  She became the Roses in Review (RIR) coordinator for her district, and realized that the entire system for RIR, Rose Registrations, and Modern Roses could benefit from updated technology, a coherent data base, and a presence on the web.  With degrees in mathematics and biology, and a profession in computer software… it was a natural fit.

 

While pursuing those technical goals for the ARS, Ms Williams also became involved in the World Federation of Rose Societies.  She was a founding member of its Conservation Committee and led the project to complete a photodocumentary of the Roseto Botanico “Carla Fineschi”, in Italy.  She has served on the WFRS Classification Committee for the past 4 terms.  From 2010 to 2018, she also served as the Chair of the Permanent Judges for the International Rose Trials at the Biltmore Estate in Ashevlile, North Carolina.

 

Ms Williams served as an assistant editor for Modern Roses XI, and co-editor, with Phil Schorr, of Modern Roses XII.  She and Phil co-chaired the Registration Committee until 2018.  She was elected as District Director of the Illinois/Indiana District in 2000, and served the district as a member of the ARS Executive Committee for the next 3 years.  After moving to North Carolina, she served as the Vice Director of the Carolina District for 2 terms.

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Kreg Hill (Arrangement Workshop)

Member of ARS since 1986 – Life Member and am past Pacific Southwest District Director and past Region 8 Director. 

I have presented programs and written articles on all aspects of rose culture, including growing, diseases, propagation, OGR’s and arrangements. My articles have been published in the American Rose, OGR Gazette, Rose Arranger’s Bulletin, district and local bulletins. I have presented programs at local meetings, district and national conventions. 

I have been awarded the ARS Bronze Medal and Silver Medal, ARS PSWD Outstanding Consulting Rosarian Award, ARS PSWD Outstanding Arrangement Judges. In addition, I have won ARS National and District Horticultural and Arrangement Trophies. Also, presently I am a Master Judge, National Garden Clubs, Inc.

I am a fourth generation New Mexican, am a retired Real Estate Broker and General Contractor and started growing roses in high school in Albuquerque. We divide our time between our residences in Palm Springs & Morongo Valley, California. My husband, William I. Christensen, have our main rose garden at our home in Palm Springs where we currently grow about 200 varieties and have a smaller rose garden in Morongo Valley. I am an avid arranger! - and have an extensive collection of containers and arrangement paraphernalia. Our other major interest is breeding and showing our Australian Terriers.

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