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Flowers left for Eugene Boerner
Breeders of Note:Eugene BoernerEd Cunningham "Eugene S. Boerner was born of German parents in Wisconsin, in 1893. He served as a pilot in WW I. He was hired by Jackson & Perkins in 1920, and spent his entire career with them. "He was jovial, and had a good sense of humor." Having grown up in cold Wisconsin, he desired to create beautiful and cold-hardy roses, as did Buck, and our own Brownells. "Following the examples of ..... Poulsen and Kordes in Europe, he saw Floribundas to be those roses" (The Makers of Heavenly Roses, Jack Harkness, p. 74). "...... many rosarians feel that it was Eugene Boerner who developed the floribunda into what it is today. (He) developed numerous floribundas during his 45-year career at Jackson & Perkins beginning in 1920, which led to his becoming known as `Papa Floribunda.' Gene Boerner hybridized more than 60 floribundas in his lifetime -- eleven were given the All-America Rose Selections (AARS) award.. (Kitty Belendez at www.scvrs.homestead.com/FabFloribundas.html). "WW-II left it open for the American rose industry to take off, and take off it did, with Gene Boerner and J&P as major contributors. Some of his more renowned introductions include: Aloha, Apricot Nectar, Bridal Pink, Coral Dawn, Diamond Jubilee, Faberge, Fashion (and also Vogue, both from the same cross), First Prize, Gene Boerner, Goldilocks, Ivory Fashion, John F. Kennedy, Lavendar Piniocchio, Ma Perkins, Masquerade, Parade, Saratoga, Spartan, Summertime, White Masterpiece, and Zorina. Help-Me-Find is the best way I know of for interested folk to look these roses up, and to see pictures." For more info go to: Flohttp://www.rirs.org/boerner.htm
- Cathy Olszewski-Boerner
 Added: Mar. 13, 2013

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