Dream Come True – Grandiflora
2008 AARS Winning Rose
Yellow Blend – Introduced in 2006
ARS Rating – 7.6 interim
This rose caught my attention not by its beautiful color or awesome blooms, but by the story of how it came about. Most roses are hybridized by companies who specialize in doing so. They either hybridize for the consumer or the floral market. Some do both I think. 99.99% of all new rose introductions you see in your local garden shops come from companies such as these.
Dream Come True on the other hand, came by a different route. It was hybridized by a Dr. Henry Pottschmidtt of Cincinnati, Ohio. A home gardener just like you and me. After it was fully developed, the gardener found someone to market and distribute it for him. This rose won the prestigious AARS designation, which is quite an accomplishment for an amateur gardener. In over 67 years, he is only the 3rd amateur to win this award.
This rose has a tall upright growth habit and produces beautiful blooms. In my garden, the best blooms are the last of the season, when the weather cools down a bit.