I attended a two hour presentation sponsored by the Sauk Trail Rose Society last Saturday. They set up tents and had fans, comfy seating, cookies and tons of bottled water. The members are really cool, and it was actually worth, for me the 110 mile round trip.
That's because Peter Schneider is my personal rose hero. He is an absolutely delightful human being. And he can't grow Iceberg either. He and his marvelous wife came with about 75 cut roses, which they let us keep to enjoy. I got Karl Frau Druschki, a hybrid perpetual that is surprisingly gorgeous but is hampered by it's name. Peter explained that the second prize winner at the contest where this was got money. The unfortunate first place winner got his rose named for the head judges wife. Guess what her name was? And guess how that name fared in the market? http://www.helpmefind.com/rose/pl.php?n=2844&tab=36
And I got Vick's Caprice, a funky striped hybrid perpetual that gets lots of disease.