I grew up around my mother's roses in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. After I got married and we bought our first home in New Jersey, we planted roses. The second house was larger, with more property, which therefore meant more roses. After reading an article in the local paper, I attended my first rose show in 1995. I brought two or three roses and came home with one yellow (3rd place) ribbon. I joined the Jersey Shore Rose Society http://www.jsroses.com/home.html that day. With the guidance of several of JSRS's members, I planted more exhibition varieties and attended more rose shows. I got my first exhibit on the award table in 1996, my first court of honor in 1997, first queen of show (mini) in 2000, first queen of show (HT), district queen (mini) in 2001 and first national queen (mini) in 2003. I became an ARS horticulture judge in 2004. I also am the publicity chairperson for JSRS, a moderator on Rosarians' Corner http://www.rosarianscorner.com , edit the Penn-Jersey district newsletter twice a year, oversee four small low/no maintenance rose beds and edit the Northeast comments for Horizon Roses. Although not a writer, I have written a few articles, "Exhibiting Roses is FUN!" won an ARS Award of Merit.
Currently, I have approximately 160 roses (65 minis and mini-floras, 45 HTs, 35 floribundas and the rest assorted other types of roses) on my 3/4 acre property in Eatontown, NJ.
Outside of roses, I am the mother of Timothy, wife, architect, Cub Scout leader, Eatontown Shade Tree Commission vice-chairperson, manager/coach/player for a local coed softball team and bicycling enthusiast (both mountain and road biking).
Oh, and I am also the east coast "cousin" of Brenda Landers-Smith.
Photo: Stacey, Ralph and Tim Catron
Web designer note: Stacey Catron and Brenda adopted one another as East - West Coast Cousins via their friendship, meeting on the Rosarian's Corner. Roses have created many beautiful friendships. Stacey has inspired many rosarians with her generous and beautiful spirit, New Jersey is lucky to have Stacey! Her son Tim is famous for the Mills Magic Mix ads in the ARS magazine, American Rose,