The Roses to Plant: Cultivars for Use in Colorado’s Post-Japanese Beetle Life

By Susan Wroble, May 2020 What’s a rose lover to do? Japanese Beetles invaded the Denver area in 2006 and have exploded in numbers ever since. While some home gardeners are ripping out their rose beds, Colorado State University’s Dr. Whitney Cranshaw had a much better plan. Dr. Cranshaw, a Professor of Entomology, undertook a … More The Roses to Plant: Cultivars for Use in Colorado’s Post-Japanese Beetle Life

Getting into Roses

 My package had made it through the airport scanner, and the agent at Washington Dulles airport frowned. He took out his knife and sliced open my carefully taped box. Rummaging through the clothes and shoes and books, he pulled out a ziplock bag containing a wet paper towel wrapped around a muddy ball.    “This” … More Getting into Roses

A Labor of Patience: Carol O’Meara on Japanese Beetles

Carol O’Meara is a horticultural entomologist and an extension agent in Colorado, but she grew up on the East Coast. When she and her siblings got into trouble, her family had chores for each kid. Carol’s job was picking Japanese beetles from the roses. “I spent a LOT of time picking off Japanese beetles,” Carol … More A Labor of Patience: Carol O’Meara on Japanese Beetles