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We teach rose gardening; assist commercial growers with roses; maintain rose gardens; and provide expert advice on all things roses.
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  • We purchased roses from Phil 15 years ago and they are still beautiful after all this time. Phil is the guru of Roses!
  • Sarah Berringer Bader
    February 28, 2015 at 9:56am
    Come see us at the yard garden patio show at the Portland convention... center today and tomorrow! Expert rose consultant Philip Edmunds will show you how to take care of your rose issues. See More
  • You're not doing anything wrong to your roses! This is just a diffe...rent year since the plants were frozen so hard last winter. The canes may have enough energy to produce a stem with leaves but not a stem that blooms. If your new stems stop growing and don't produce a bloom bud at the end of the stem, you may have to prune the cane that stem is coming from clear back to the base of the plant due to winter damage. If you need help, just call or write www.gardenroseconsulting.com. We teach rose gardening. The photo is "Paradise". See More
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Geneane Bentley Stahl
· January 8, 2017
We love the service that they provide. Phil is very knowledgeable about roses.
Mike Peterson
· March 19, 2015
A well respected rose grower for many years exhibition and commercial . Did grow some of the best roses in the US top quality roses. I've grown his roses always well satisfied . A top notch rose expert .
Robert Martin
· December 5, 2014
A good man who knows roses - all about roses. I have known him for many years and have the highest respect for him.
William Bray
April 11, 2014
When it comes to roses, few could be more knowledgeable than Phil Edmonds.
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Pruning time. There are many so called rules for pruning that you may have heard over the years. "Cut at an angle so that water doesn't stand on the injury and rot it, cut right above an outside facing bud eye to direct the growth away from the middle of the plant, cover the cut with glue or a thumb tack to prevent cane borers".... the list goes on and on. We are the "no rules" pruners and the results are stunning. The important part is CUT them back, cut out the twiggy canes, and leave them kind of like the photos. Lastly, clean up after yourself, picking up all the dead leaves and canes and get them out of the garden. That's it. If you find yourself unable to prune, call us. We'll get 'er done for you.

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Happy St. Valentine's Day. Who are you giving roses to today? Instead of a dozen or two cut flowers that will last a week in a vase, why not inspire the beginning of a rose garden and purchase a rose plant that will provide dozens of blooms all summer? If you're scared of the work involved, just contact Garden Rose Consulting. We'll teach you or plant it for you. What better gift is that? Photo is "Olympiad" by Rich Baer.

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One of my good friends has only one rose in his garden and it came with the house. I don't think he has ever sprayed anything on it. It never has disease. It blooms repeatedly all summer long. It grows and blooms in the shade. If you're interested in just one good rose in your garden, I highly recommend the floribunda "Sunsprite". Photo is by Rich Baer.

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If anyone were to ask what my favorite type of rose is, I would have to answer with hybrid tea. However, I would be remiss if I did not offer some of my favorites of other types, which I will do this week. One of my favorite climbers is "Westerland" shown here. A good climber can help create a wonderful landscape and they cost no more than a hybrid tea. These photos are by Rich Baer.

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Most novices will remark that, "White roses aren't fragrant." Here are three more good white roses that are. In order of appearance they are "Full Sail", "Pope John Paul" and "Sugar Moon". Since we were responsible for the naming of Full Sail, it was named for a wonderful microbrewery based in Hood River, Oregon who generously donated in the early years of Portland's Best Rose Trials. Even though I haven't named a rose for a cigar brand, I can't say the same about naming one of my dogs. Photos are by Rich Baer.

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Ever since "Gemini" hit the market, it has been a consistent winner on the show bench. After renewing my judging credentials and taking a few rose shows last summer, I found this to still be true. For those looking for a perfect cutting rose, you can't go wrong with "Gemini". Photo is by Rich Baer.

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It's seldom when I am surprised by a rose, but "Girls Night Out" was blooming in a new client's garden with these huge, perfect blooms of two-toned pink and I said to myself, "What's that rose?" Further investigation revealed this stunning hybrid tea from Meilland that was introduced by Star Roses. I would like to hear the story about how this rose got its name.

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One of our clients is a dental office that I started with nearly 35 years ago as a patient. My dentist's father was a concrete contractor and my dentist is equally adept at pouring concrete as filling a tiny cavity. He is also an avid gardener and loved playing in the garden between patients. Over the years I bartered roses for root canals and fillings and it turns out the building has an attractive rose garden around it. These are beds of Honey Bouquet and Blueberry Hill. Floribundas are so awesome!

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One rose that has lasted a very long time on the market, like 30 years, is "Big Purple" in the Edmunds' Roses catalog. It's longevity probably isn't because of its hardiness, its disease resistance or its color. It can only be because of its incredibly strong fragrance. My parents used to describe the color as grape juice purple in their catalog. It was bred by the late Pat Stephens of New Zealand, a good friend of Sam McGredy. Photo is by Rich Baer.

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It is mulch time for a number of our clients. Yesterday we spent a few hours hauling and spreading some very water saturated fine dark hemlock onto a client's rose garden. My muscles are aching today as a result. It is time today to sit back and pour over some catalogs to check out the new varieties offered from various rose companies around the country. One interesting new rose is "All My Loving" introduced by Weeks Roses. This is a new Gareth Fryer hybrid tea and I am very interested in seeing how well it does both on the show bench and in the bed. I would love to hear of any reports if anyone has had a sneak preview? Photo property of Weeks Roses.

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Continuing the theme of naming roses during our years of introducing new varieties, I was often influenced by my family. Two roses come to mind that our son, David suggested the names for are "LeAnn Rimes" and "Hotel California". As a young guitar student he didn't know if his roots were going to Rock and Roll or Country Western. Both photos were taken by Rich Baer.

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A friend of mine died of cancer yesterday and I am saddened. He will no longer be providing his love and friendship, his encouraging wisdom, his sense of humor, his service to those he touches. Those of us who were touched by him are richer, softer, more generous, more caring, more loving because of him. And, as we grow older and are given the gifts of friendship, our responsibility is to pass on what we are given by those we admire and wish to emulate. Here is a rose for you, Chuck. Its name is "Peace". May you rest in Peace.

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In our digital society, smart phones and high resolution, digital SLR cameras can really help us capture pretty good photographs. Good photographers are those who experiment with light, sun exposure, backgrounds and lenses to be sure their photographs are as perfect as possible. When dealing with roses, my friend Rich Baer also knows when the subject matter is most perfect. His knowledge of roses and "catching" them at perfection is no accident. He spends his days living among his 1200 or so plants and this photo of "Silver Lining" is an example of his passion. He has won every rose photo contest multiple times and is gracious in sharing his knowledge and his photos with the world.

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It's pouring rain right now as I write with a Pineapple Express heading into the Pacfic Northwest to melt the snow, warm the air and see if we can avoid flooding tomorrow night. The forecast is for 2-3 inches of rain. It reminds me of the year we introduced "Singin' in the Rain", our All America winner bred by Sam McGredy. I am not sure if anyone sells it anymore, but it is a unique floribunda. Most of the industry shared their disappointment in us for having the audacity to name a rose with four words. So what! The whole name is only five syllables! Photo by Rich Baer.

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It's pouring rain right now as I write with a Pineapple Express heading into the Pacfic Northwest to melt the snow, warm the air and see if we can avoid flooding tomorrow night. The forecast is for 2-3 inches of rain. It reminds me of the year we introduced "Singin' in the Rain", our All America winner bred by Sam McGredy. I am not sure if anyone sells it anymore, but it is a unique floribunda. Most of the industry shared their disappointment in us for having the audacity to name a rose with four words. So what! The whole name is only five syllables! Photo by Rich Baer.