My Big Adventure in Miniature Rose Hybridizing

By Betja
February 14, 2013

I began my big adventure in miniature rose hybridizing back in the mid-1980s when I had the great fortune to meet Ralph Moore, who lived less than a hundred miles from Bakersfield in Visalia, CA. He was well known as the “father of miniature roses” and was already in his 70s at that time. When I met him it was as if I’d known him all my life. He encouraged me to jump right in and try hybridizing.

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Feb 14, 2013 7:28 AM CST
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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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Betja, I really enjoyed the story of your big adventure, meeting Ralph Moore, your mentor. What a wonderful experience. I especially like how you described his energy, I can just imagine myself doing the same thing, chasing behind such an interesting person, panting to keep up! Lol.

Your roses are all pretty. You did a great job on your first one, Winter Magic, I think the color is very nice and looks so soothing. Lovey dubby

Very nice article!
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Feb 14, 2013 8:15 AM CST
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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I loved your adventure!!! You did a great job.
Thank you for telling us all about it Smiling
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Feb 14, 2013 9:34 AM CST
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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Thank you! I really loved every part of it back then.
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