Introducing Myself....

Greetings. I was encouraged to join the RHA by Jim P. So, a few weeks ago, I joined and have been reading the literature. I’m totally fascinated. A little background about me… I’m a high school chemistry teacher in a rural area just outside Richmond, VA. I recently got into Antique Roses and OGRs when I ordered some to create a memorial garden for a deceased dog, Duchess. This will be my fourth summer since I began with roses. I’ve been collecting plants for quite a few years, but with very little direction. My rose collection is just over 600 different varieties…a good representation of the Species, OGRs and Antiques, with a few of the disease resistant moderns thrown in (Knockouts, etc.). I garden without chemical support, so disease resistance is imperative to me. I tried my hand at OP seeds last year winter of 2007-08, and I got about 65 seedlings in gallon pots from that. This year I’ve increased the number of seed parents I’m trying (all open pollinated). My goal is to produce some roses that are really disease resistant. I’m sure I’ll fine tune my goal as time progresses. Some of my seed parents include

Frau Dagmar Hartopp


William Lobb

Henri Martin

Mme. Gregoire Staechelin

Leontine Gervais


Darlow’s Enigma

Moje Hammarburg

Rosa Mundi

Alba Semi-plena

Tess of the D’Urbevilles

Carefree Delight

Any words of encouragement and adice will be appreciated.

Thanks. RobertinVA

Hi :slight_smile:

Hi, welcome Robert. Jadae that has to be your shortest answer ever. LOL


Robert, what a great name!

Welcome! Robert

Hi, Robert. I am learning here too :slight_smile:


Welcome to the group. I’m also on that learning curve. Liz

Hello Robert. Glad to hear you are joining the ranks of the RHA. I have been a member for 4 or so years (I think) and have enjoyed it considerable. Love the newsletter and the many members are wonderful people. 90% of what I have learned over the years has been from exchanges with members here. Great resource if you want to learn more about roses and hybridizing.

Welcome Robert! I hope we may all prove to be of service to you on this great adventure.

Paul Barden

Hello, Friend.

Hey Robert,

Looks like you are well on your way to success! Excellent goals, and you’re smart to start with OP to see what works.

Jim Sproul

Thanks, Everyone, for the warm welcome. I’m looking forward to an exciting journey.


A science teacher huh… must be a good bloke then :slight_smile: I’m a high school chem. and bio. teacher as well.

I’m new too, and wish you a warm welcome.

lol patrick, im just tired this week. 200 acres of wholesale nursery tends to wear ya down when its pouring rain =/

Simon…where are you?

Tasmania, Australia :slight_smile: