Day 27 – National Rose Month

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.

'Dream Come True' Grandiflora - Bud Stage


'Dream Come True' Grandiflora - Exhibition


'Dream Come True' Grandiflora - Open Bloom

About Chris VanCleave - America's Favorite Rose Gardener

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 and on his popular website;, 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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4 Responses to Day 27 – National Rose Month

  1. Susan Hemann says:

    What a lovely rose. I love to hear stories like that, what an achievement!


  2. absolutely stunning! and, thanks for the Hartswood Rose suggestion.


  3. Hi Chris, this Dream Come True rose looks beautiful enough to eat with the lovely shades of pink, white yellow, just like rainbow sherbert ice cream. I’m making a list of all your lovely roses that are my favorites so I can always find them to view again. I love roses. When I was a young girl of 7 years, I used to sit in my Aunt Ethel’s lovely rose garden, and smell the rose fragrances.


    • I love Dream Come True for its beautiful blooms but also because it was hybridized by a back yard gardener just like us! My mother grew roses and I loved to watch them bloom. She never lived to see my garden. I have a rose planted in her honor…


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