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Roses Without Chemicals: 150 Disease-Free Varieties That Will Change the Way You Grow Roses

By Peter E. Kukielski

I wish I had this when I planted my rose garden twenty-five years ago. I am now about to plant another garden, full of wonderful rose varieties and I intend to follow Peter's advice wholeheartedly.

Martha Stewart

Roses have a reputation for being finicky garden plants that require pesticides, fungicides, and fertilizers to stay healthy and disease free. Well, spray no more! Recent breeding efforts have produced disease-resistant varieties that perform beautifully in all kinds of conditions, without the need for chemicals.

In Roses Without Chemicals, Peter Kukielski, former curator of the award-winning rose garden at New York Botanic Garden, highlights 150 of these tough, new varieties, tells which perform best in each region of the country, and teaches simple cultivation techniques that will result in gorgeous, easy-care gardens packed with healthy roses. With this guide in hand, you can finally choose the right rose from the start and successfully grow them in an organic and sustainable way.

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Peter E. Kukielski

Peter E. Kukielski is the former curator of Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at New York Botanical Garden. He implemented a 2007 renovation project of the garden with a new mission based on disease resistance and sustainability. Under Peter's leadership, the garden received the Rose Garden Hall of Fame Award for 2010 and was voted "America's Best Public Rose Garden Display" by the All American Rose Selections committee.

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