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Garden Trivia

Dr. Griffith Buck is an Iowa State professor known for developing many winter-hardy, disease-resistant shrub roses. Apart from roses, what other plants did Dr. Buck develop?

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Garden Trivia Answer

In addition to 85+ cultivars of roses, Dr. Buck developed 15 geraniums (Pelargonium) and a heliotrope (Heliotropium). The vigorous and freely flowering zonal geraniums like ‘Sunbelt Scarlet’, ‘Pink Jade’, ‘Summertime’, and ‘Waltz Time’ were popular varieties in the mid-20th century. His heliotrope ‘Iowa’ can still be purchased at garden centers today. Learn more about Dr. Buck in this publication: Griffith Buck: Rose Hybridizer.
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