>Jackson & Perkins: Poised For A Comeback?

>Despite a bankruptcy filing last year, Jackson & Perkins issues a beautiful Spring catalog offering.

The new year rolled in, and so have quite a number of seed/plant catalogs. This annual offering of seeds and plants seems to sustain me during these dreary winter months that keep us indoors wishing for the warmth of bright sunshine on our faces. I pour over each book, thinking of ways to include flowers into my garden as I impatiently await springs arrival.

I was surprised to receive a new Jackson & Perkins catalog last week. I was under the impression that they were down for the count, due to a bankruptcy filing last year. I had assumed that this wretched economic state that we are all in had done them in, and they would soon close their doors forever. Which would be very very sad to me. They are a company that in past years, held the banner of rose gardening high and encouraged gardeners everywhere to participate in showing our “National Floral Emblem” to its fullest potential. I am elated to be corrected. From the looks of their spring offering, it seems that J & P not only has a catalog full of beautiful roses, they may also be staged for a comeback! As I browsed the catalog a few times, three introductions really stood out:

“Always and Forever” – Hybrid Tea is a beautiful red rose and was selected as J & P’s “2011 Rose of the Year”. It reminds me of the award winning “Veteran’s Honor”. I never attend a rose show that I don’t see this rose on the winners table. “Always and Forever” seems to have show potential. Time will tell….

“Crescendo” – Hybrid Tea this rose has been named to honor the Nashville Symphony. This rose is said to have a high center “that offers large blooms that spiral open to reveal harmonious shades of cream and soft pink.” The Nashville Rose Society was instrumental of the creation of the “Nashville Music City Rose Garden” in downtown Nashville, just across the street from the Symphony Hall. This garden features many roses named for Country Music Stars, their songs and their musical journeys. If you ever visit Nashville, I hope you will do two things, visit this garden and walk around the corner to visit the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

“Shazam” – Floribunda – Two things I love in a rose: great color and fragrance. This rose seems to have it all. I love the color combination of this rose and hope that it will live up to its promise with a spicy fragrance and super bloom power…… (This is my wife’s favorite. No need to guess which one we are ordering…..LOL)


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Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at About.com and on his popular website; RedneckRosarian.com, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
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9 Responses to >Jackson & Perkins: Poised For A Comeback?

  1. grouchy says:

    >The first rose I ever bought was a J&P rose called Pristine. That was in 1977. I still remember the excitement I had with the first bloom.It is 'funny' how companies maneuver to stay afloat.


  2. >Pristine is a beautiful rose. I see it often at rose shows. It is sad that we are at risk of loosing the major players in the U.S. rose industry. Weeks has also filed. Growth too fast, too soon in a faltering economy will get you everytime! As will introducing far too many new roses each year….. Spread themselves waaay to thin.


  3. Katydid says:

    >You are causing the "cabin fever" in me to go up a few degrees! What gorgeous roses! I am going to J & P site right now and see if I can order a catalog. Thanks for the info!Kelly


  4. >J&P, though it is not the J&P of its hey day in the mid 20th century, is still regarded by even novices as having superior roses … J&P roses, no matter which cultivar, were something to brag about. Unless the roses are on their own roots, which is happening at J&P more often now, their Dr. Huey rootstock doesn't like our acid soil here in Virginia. Have you ever ordered from Pickering or Palatine in Canada? They are hands-down, by-far my favorites for superior budded roses (on multiflora). I have NEVER had a bad rose from either of these vendors.


  5. Autumn Belle says:

    >I am trying to grow roses again having seen such beautiful ones from blogs like yours. Thank you very much for your info about twitter, now I'm following you. Now I have some idea how to do more.


  6. >I would be very sad, indeed, to lose Jackson and Perkins. I've probably spent more money with that company than any other online nursery. Love those shrub roses…


  7. >Often filing for Bankruptcy gives a business a chance to reestablish themselves and make a come back. So I am hoping it will help Jackson & Perkins. I have not received their catalog yet but I can hardly wait. That Shazam Floribunda looks so interesting Chris.


  8. >Glad to hear they're still around… love their catalog! The Crescendo rose looks beautiful!I also want to thank you for your sweet comment… so very much appreciated. :)Have a wonderful weekend!~ Jo


  9. Msrobin says:

    >I didn't know they had filed bankruptcy, but I hope it works out okay, because I've had good luck with them in the past. Right now I'm poring over the new catalog to decide which two roses to order to climb over my new arbor. I'm thinking a yellow and a pink, must have fragrance, bloom often, and not get much disease. Any suggestions?


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