As a result, these days Corky is often the one doing the teaching. Now a consulting rosarian, she regularly makes house calls, helping other gardeners troubleshoot problems and pick the right plants. She's also an accredited judge for the American Rose Society, a contender at rose shows herself, and the devoted caretaker of some 90 varieties. Many of her specimens grow far bigger in her backyard than as advertised in plant catalogs, thanks to her rich soil and carefully honed routine: a monthly feeding with Mills Magic Rose Mix organic fertilizer and, to combat disease and pests, a dose of neem-oil-based spray every two weeks.
Shown: Upon arrival, new roses are planted in pots and set along the driveway, where they'll stay until Corky finds a home for them in the garden.