When Tom Carruth was 5, he sat on his stoop, entranced by the pale purple rose, “Sterling Silver.” Now, at 67, he’s spent a lifetime concocting roses himself and is an 11-time winner of the top prize in rose breeding. https://lat.ms/2Lorkrh
One of his newest creations is the “Huntington’s 100th,” a multi-color, fragrant rose celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. https://lat.ms/2Lorkrh
Breeding a rose good enough to sell takes about 10 years and 100,000 seeds. And then, breeders have to come up with a name. A rose by just any old name might not sell, but the "Ketchup and Mustard" will. https://lat.ms/31VEO3e
Meet Maxine Gilliam, Carruth’s longtime assistant who is behind the names “Koko Loko” and “Scentimental.” https://lat.ms/31VEO3e
Reporter @jmarantos is a writer for the Saturday Garden section and the Homicide Report. In getting to know Carruth, she rekindled her own green thumb and now has two “Huntington’s 100th” plants in her yard. https://lat.ms/2YceYpB
And everything’s coming up roses for Tom Carruth. The hype around the “Huntington's 100th” rose is growing like weeds. https://lat.ms/2Lorkrh
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