Publications

I have been an author, editor or contributor to several rose publications. Following is a  summary of some of the most important.

Rose Exhibitors' Forum

Since 2012, I have been  the Editor of the American Rose Society quarterly journal Rose Exhibitors' Forum. Previously I was Editor of Rose Exhibitors' Forum for nine years from 1997-2006. Of its 29 years of publication, I have been the editor for 11 of those years, And, for three years prior to that I wrote a quarterly feature titled "How to Win the ….” 

Rose Exhibitors’ Forum is a quarterly bulletin of the American Rose Society that reports results of official ARS rose shows and publishes informative articles of interest to rose exhibitors. …

Roseshow.com

I am the webmaster of www. RoseShow.com, a site I founded in 2001 to support rose show exhibitors and the public display of roses in their most perfect phase of possible beauty.

RoseShow.com publishes the available results of all national, local and district rose shows throughout the United States. It also publishes tables and photographs of the top exhibition roses in American rose shows; a model rose show schedule and information about the National and District Challenge Classes as well as selected articles and resources, including sources of roses and equipment.

Horizon Roses

I am the National Editor of Horizon Roses, an annual compilation of comments by the nation's top rose exhibitors on the exhibition potential of the newest hybrid teas, floribundas, miniflora and miniature roses. For most exhibitors, it has long been considered the indispensible guide to buying new show roses.

My own participation as a reporter for Horizon Roses dates to 1993. In 1994, I reported ndon what would later prove to be my best mother plant for breeding, ‘Anne Morrow Lindbergh’. …

Social Media

To supplement and further publicize the work I do with Rose Exhibitors’ Forum, the quarterly publication of the American Rose Society; Roseshow.com and Horizon Roses, I have also established and maintain a page on Facebook also called Rose Exhibitors’ Forum. There I publish photographs of winning roses at rose shows throughout the United States, plus photographs of rose shows,including international events. …

Showing Good Roses

I am the author of "Showing Good Roses", A Complete Exhibitor’s Guide - widely considered the "Bible" of showing roses. The book, originally published in 2001, is regrettably out of print and I have been working occasionally on a second edition to be published in electronic form. (Yes, I have been busy). But the book can often be found from used book outlets.

In this 512-page book I explain:

• How rose shows are conducted.

2006 American Rose Annual

Dona and I had the honor of being the Guest Editors of the 2006 American Rose Annual, which we based on the theme “The Rose in America" - a theme selected and implemented by us.

In planning the Annual we observed that the year 2006 marked the 90th anniversary of the release of the first American Rose Annual in 1916. In his Editor’s Preface that year, J. Horace McFarland wrote:

“This, the first American Rose Annual, is sent forth in three-fold hope: that it may serve to deepen interest in the rose in America; that it may aid in joining rose workers to The American Rose Society; and that it may bring to the Editor aid in making future issues much more helpful and adequate.”

Roses for Dummies, 2nd Edition

Now out of print, I was the Technical Reviewer on this edition, published January 24, 2000.

From the Author's Acknowledgements:

"And to Bob Martin, the technical reviewer, humble accolades for double-checking everything in here and alerting us to errors and omissions."

Some customer reviews from Amazon.com:

5.0 out of 5 stars This book's definitely a keeper for rose growers

By A Customer

"I have almost 40 rose books in my collection and I've read them all cover to cover, some many times. …