July 1 – David Clemons, “Thoroughbred Roses” Hybridizer

David ClemonsDavid Clemons will share how he hybridizes award winning roses.

David and his wife,Tammy, grow more than 250 exhibition type hybrid teas, miniatures and minifloras. As an avid rose exhibitor, he has competed and won awards on the local, district, and national levels. David is a Consulting Rosarian and past president of the Huntsville Twickenham Rose Society in Huntsville, Alabama. His hybridizing efforts have led to the introduction of several “thoroughbred” minifloras: ‘Ruffian’, ‘Charismatic’, ‘Foolish Pleasure’, and ‘Whirlaway’. Two of his newest introductions include the exhibition miniflora ‘Unbridled’ and the 2008 Award of Excellence winner ‘Joy’, named for David’s mother. ‘Joy’ was the #1 exhibition miniature rose in 2012 and ‘Whirlaway’ was #1 exhibition miniflora in 2012.