Mike's profile

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Roses are the anchor plants in my gardens; I grow them for their exquisite beauty, their amazing diversity of color and form, and their long blooming season. I'm also a research analyst by profession, and tend to bring that mindset to gardening. I have a large collection of reference books on rose culture from which I've learned a lot, but the best learning comes from my own experience. That includes having cultivated rose gardens in three very different settings over the past 25 years, and overcoming a wide assortment of challenges. I enjoy combining my interest in gardening with my love of photography, and have taken Best In Show in the photography division of the American Rose Society's Annual Convention. I think of my photographs as "botanical portraits" that are typically characterized by a shallow depth of field and a distinctive combination of light and shadow.

And speaking of portraits, I won the tiara for having my garden featured on Better Homes & Garden's DIY website.

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Mike's badges:
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner 2020 Garden Photography Roses Bulbs Peonies Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Dog Lover Cat Lover Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Region: New York Garden Ideas: Level 1

Some info about Mike:
  • Joined on February 9, 2010
  • Name: Mike Stewart
  • Location: Lower Hudson Valley, New York
  • USDA Zone: 6b
  • Interests: Roses and Perennial Gardening, Wildlife and Botanical Photography, Old Time Appalachian String Bands, Furniture Making and Restoration
  • Birthday: March 10
  • Thumbs-ups: 9,303 received, 1,129 given.
  • Items given special acorn tips: 131 received, 2 given.
  • Mike's active areas of the database
  • Roses (436 contributions.)
  • Clematis (12 contributions.)
  • Member Ideas by Mike:
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