Ryan Tilley loved roses since he was a kid, but became serious about them in the early '90's when he started his own rose garden at his and Wendy’s first home. By the mid-90s, Ryan was president of the local rose society in Atlanta, GA and the editor of their newsletter.
A meteorologist by trade, he then left The Weather Channel to start a full-time rose business Rose Gardens by Ryan. He started writing a newsletter for his clients, The Georgia Rose that won accolades from peers and rosarians all over. Ryan gained a reputation as THE ROSE MAN of Atlanta. He was a Consulting Rosarian and Master Rosarian with a nationwide reputation for excellent roses and excellent writings about roses.
By the time Ryan retired in 2018, he was maintaining over 100 rose gardens in and around the Atlanta area, including several award-winning gardens that were featured on tours or in national magazines.
Ryan's Bio Continued
Ryan’s personal rose garden in Atlanta included over 300 rose bushes, was featured on the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Connoisseur Tour and at both ARS National Rose Shows and Conventions held in Atlanta, GA.
Ryan and his wife Wendy moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2018 with their six cats and he now tends his own garden of approximately 250 roses. He continues to receive accolades about his garden and even recently received the coveted “Queen of Show” award for his Neptune Hybrid Tea rose at the Portland, OR Rose Show in 2022.
Ryan continues to write his newsletter, turned magazine, now called The Crazed Rosarian– now in its 104th issue!! In retirement, Ryan and Wendy enjoy their new home, Ryan’s Halloween and Dr. Who hobbies, and exploring the Pacific Northwest and western Canada.
Ryan's Timely Tips
See Issue 103,The Crazed Rosarian for this tip and more, including pictures. The Crazed Rosarian is free; sign up on Ryan's Newsletter tab above if you aren't a subscriber yet. See what's available, then, order your maidens from Wisconsin Roses, www.wiroses.com.
Irrigation Prep for Winter
If you live in a cold part of the country, make sure you drain your irrigation system and shut it off so you don't have broken pipes come Spring. Many of you will have this done already, like we have. If we need to water, we will use the house water instead.
Irrigation Prep for Spring
It's a good day to get the irrigation system ready for action, if you haven't already completed this annual chore. I redesigned a few areas of my PVC Dramm system and fixed a few leaks in the soaker hoses. Two of my outside faucets cracked at some point over the winter and will need to be replaced. By doing this now, it will be one less thing to do when the roses really starting growing and will need the usual TLC. Additionally, I will not be fixing the irrigation system in the heat and humidity that will be here soon enough.