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Robert B. Martin Jr. has been growing roses for more than 40 years. He and his wife Dona live in Escondido, California, where they have a rose garden of more than 400 roses of all types. He is an ARS Master Rosarian, an Accredited Horticultural Judge and an Accredited Arrangements Judge.
Bob has been an Editor of Horizon Roses for 19 years and the National Editor for eight years. He is also the Editor of Rose Exhibitors' Forum, a quarterly publication of the American Rose Society; as well as the author of the book Showing Good Roses. Bob maintains a website covering U.S. rose shows at www.RoseShow,com. He was honored for his lifetime contribution to rose education as a 2009 recipient of the ARS Klima Medal.
Bob is an active rose exhibitor at all levels and the 2007 recipient of the ARS Guy Blake Hedrick Jr. Award for lifetime achievement in rose exhibiting. He is also a hybridizer with nine registered varieties, including the show roses 'Butter Cream', 'Peter Cottontail', 'Pasadena Star', 'Peachy Cheeks' and 'Dona Martin'. He also serves as the western regional director of the Rose Hybridizers Association.