A Story Of Courage & Survival In The Midst Of A Storm – The Peggy Martin Story

This week on the Rose Chat podcast we chatted with Peggy Martin who was living in Louisiana when Hurricane Katrina hit the gulf coast. She lost her parents, her home, her husbands commercial fishing boat and over 450 beloved roses. Through prayer, friends, family and one unidentified rose that survived the 20 foot flood of seawater Peggy found the courage and strength to begin again.  Peggy talks about her story and offers some great tips on propagating old garden roses and how that lone surviving rose is now called ‘The Peggy Martin Rose’. I hope you’ll take the time to listen.  click HERE to hear this heartwarming story on the Rose Chat Podcast.

Peggy Martin & the 'Peggy Martin' Rose

Peggy Martin & the ‘Peggy Martin’ Rose

Learn more about Peggy’s fascinating story and about this wonderful rose at PeggyMartinRose.com

'Peggy Martin' rose in Peggy's new garden

‘Peggy Martin’ rose in Peggy’s new 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 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 A Story Of Courage & Survival In The Midst Of A Storm – The Peggy Martin Story

  1. Reblogged this on Amanda's Words / starfire8me and commented:
    that is sad, but if she’s a rosarian, she did not lose all of those……


  2. I had the pleasure to meet and chat with Peggy at the HRF conference in Sacramento last year. She is such a lovely person, and meeting her was one of the highlights of my trip! The rose that now bears her name is a superstar in my Virginia garden … once-blooming at first, but it soon matures to the point where there are almost always flowers on it somewhere. Blooms like crazy, disease resistant, vigorous, and almost completely THORNLESS. Looks best like you show it, draping on a trellis or fence. I will be sure to click over to the podcast later today when I have more time. Thanks for sharing Peggy and her rose, Chris!


  3. We all need a little bit of “heartwarming” and “touching” now and again…Thank you.


  4. What an inspirational story! Peggy Martin is a charming, courageous, and gives us all such a message of hope regardless of any “storm” we might be facing. A friend gave me a Peggy Martin rose in January of 2010 as a memorial for my Mother. The foliage is very healthy and is growing vigorously on a fence in my garden. Although it bloomed in April, I would love to have the abundant blooms in the featured picture. What are your tips on fertilizing and care of the Peggy Martin rose?


    • I would recommend composted manures. Well rotted horse manure is the best for roses if you can get it locally. It is a rose that like to spread out so give it lots of room to grow. I usually let Old Garden Roses just grow on their own and shape them up after the first bloom cycle of the year.


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  6. Peggy’s story is one that needs to be told again and again. We may not all go through a hurricane as she did, but many of the things life can throw at us feel like a hurricane. Great post.


  7. Edie Garza says:

    Gorgeous Roses Peggy. It’s my favorite flower. These are beautiful.


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