According to research the cultivation of garden roses began about 5,000 years ago.
In our history no flower has been so loved as the rose.
Rose expert Tony Molina and his wife, Anita, are residents of Chino Valley who recently moved here from Nevada.
Tony was a college professor and taught golf and physical education, but in 1984 he discovered how much he loved roses and that became his hobby.
"I started a couple of rose bushes in my front yard and discovered how beautiful they were and how easy they were to grow," Tony said. "After four years of just growing roses I became fascinated with growing, teaching and curing diseases associated with roses, so I started taking classes to learn more about them. From there I started teaching classes about roses."
Since moving to Chino Valley Tony has become a member of the Antelope Garden Club, where he enthusiastically shares his expertise on roses, and gives demonstrations on how to prune them correctly.
"Roses should be pruned in early spring or late fall only. One misconception about roses is that they need a lot of care and that isn't true. They need good drainage, water, and food. You give them a measure of rose food after the first blossoms appear. Roses are tough, and in truth you could probably run over a rose bush with a truck and it would be back the next year," Tony said, grinning.
Over the years Tony has not only taught others about growing and caring for roses but has been a judge for several Rose Shows. He explained that there are three classifications of roses that are the most popular and the easiest to grow: the Tea Rose, Flora Bunda Grande and Flora Bunda.
Tony admits that of all the roses, his very favorite is a deep red rose called "Veterans Honor."
"This rose just reeks of strength," said Tony.
"I think I love roses for what they lend to the world - color, aroma, and beauty."