First Prize – Hybrid Tea

This beautiful rose was purchased for $5 at a discount sale at a local garden center in February. It had survived the winter in its pot outdoors at the garden center and was severely root bound when I found it. A sucker for a rose I know has potential, (my ARS Handbook for Selecting Roses rated it 8.0) I brought it home.  It was very slow to start, but as your can see, we are now beginning to see its beauty come to life.

This rose was originally introduced in 1970 and was a AARS winner that year. It was hybridized by Eugene “Gene” Boerner, who worked for many years at Jackson & Perkins hybridizing roses such as the beloved “John F. Kennedy” Hybrid Tea and many many others.

Is anyone else growing this rose? How is it performing in your garden?


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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7 Responses to First Prize – Hybrid Tea

  1. Kylee Baumle says:

    Chris, is it really a deep coral, the way it appears on my screen? Gorgeous!


  2. Hi Chris

    I wrote this post a little while ago and thought you might appreciate the roses and maybe you could give me a little more information about them:

    Thank you


    • Joasine Hanet is considered a Portland rose bred by Jean-Pierre Vibert in 1847
      La Marne is a Polyantha Rose bred in France circa 1915
      High Noon is a climbing hybrid tea, large flowered climber
      Papa Gontier introduced in 1883 is a pink blend tea rose
      Mutabilis the actually the name of the single flowered rose you have labeled unknown. It is a China rose. its origins date back to the 1890′s.
      Not sure about the Pink Bud that is marked mutabilis.
      The other rose you have marked unknown could possibly be a rose named Celsiana which is a very very old damask rose dating back to 1730′s in Denmark.

      I hope this helps in your ID process… Very interesting collection of roses.


      • Hi Chris

        Thank you so much! We went through the town so fast, and there were a lot of “side” discussions going on, so I had a hard time keeping them all straight. Forget about taking down the history! I really appreciate all the information and will correct my post.



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  4. elenawill says:

    That’s incredible! What a deal.


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