The March-April issue of The American Gardener published by the American Horticultural Society includes a wonderful article about the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden and its curator, Peter Kukielski, by Patricia Taylor. The article explains how this famous rose garden at the New York Botanical Garden became sustainable.
I interviewed Peter Kukielski in the fall of 2009 and wrote about him here. The article gives the names of rose breeders who have developed disease resistant roses, roses that need no coddling. The NYBG website gives a list of the 115 rose varieties that are top performers. I am happy to say that I have a few of those roses.
I am expecting the arrival of more roses for my garden and you will be hearing more about hardy, disease resistant roses as the season progresses.