Member Update October 2016
October 21,2016 Banquet And Election
Timber Lodge Steakhouse
7989 Southtown Center
Cocktails 6:30pm Dinner 7pm
We will be ordering from the menu
Our speaker will be William Radler who is best know as the hybridizer of the rose Knock Out. He is a lifelong resident of Wisconsin and former director of Boerner Botanical Gardens. Will was hooked on roses at age 9 when he purchased his first rose bush. He starting winning prizes for his roses while in college. He has been breeding roses since the mid 1970s.All breeding,testing and growing of the roses is done at his home on his 2 acre lot.1600 roses are currently growing in his garden. The new roses being tested are subjected to overhead watering and the deliberate introduction of blackspot into the garden. Lackluster performers are discarded. Those that preform well are sent off for 6 years of field testing and eventually may be marketed. A few of the other roses he has hybridized are All A Twitter, Brite Eyes, Bubble Double, Cancan, Carefree Sunshine, Orchid Romance, Peachy Keen and Peppermint Pop. To date over 80 million Knock Out rose have been sold.
This will be a different format from the usual presentation. Will wants to do a question and answer session so be prepared with questions.