I have enjoyed gardening since I was 9 years old. Some of my fondest early memories were watching my grandmother start rose cuttings under glass jars, and the huge, beautiful red roses that my mother grew. In addition to the Tallahassee Area Rose Society, I am an active volunteer in Leon County’s Master Gardener Program. I am especially interested in yellow roses of all types, but I also grow a wide variety of other roses, including miniatures and old garden roses.
My love of roses began as a teen when my parents put in a garden of hybrid teas. I always had a big rose bloom on my nightstand in the summer months. It's part of what led me to pursue a BS in Agriculture and enjoy the science of plants. As a fairly new member of TARS, I can say I'm so happy to have joined this group of rose growers. I look forward to learning insider news and tips; and sharing a love of roses every month.
Mary Maud Sharpe
I’ve been a member of TARS for many years and each year I realize how much I’ve learned from others about roses! People I would have never known otherwise. The love of roses is our common purpose and you will find that there are many other ways to make new and keep old friends. I find it priceless!
I just like to grow stuff. I always have. I'm good at it. I have green thumbs and green toes. I have herbs, ferns, cacti, bountiful citrus and peach trees. Oh yeah, 36 kick-ass hybrid tea rose bushes. I like stuff that produces and blooms and survives our week long winter. Happy gardening.
I've been a TARS member for many years and was president from 2014-2016. I've loved roses since I was young living in London England, watching my father pruning and fussing over his roses. I began buying old country roses from the sale at Goodwood 20 years ago and now it's rather out of hand.