Emil Volz Rose Developments

Professor Emil Volz 1891-1980

Professor Volz judging All-American Rose Selections
Professor Volz judging All-
American Rose Selections
Courtesy of Special Collections
Department/ Iowa State University

Emil Volz first joined Iowa State in 1914, left a year later, and then again rejoined the faculty in 1921. With floriculture as his emphasis he established test gardens and conducted research trials on gladiolus, peonies, iris, roses and many other herbaceous perennials. His research also resulted in the development of 'Hawkeye Pink Cloud' Geranium in 1955. In addition to this he taught floriculture courses to horticulture students and held the first floriculture short course for the florist industry. Professor Volz also conducted the very first garden club short course.

Professor Volz and Roses

Professor Volz‘s work with roses consisted of performance testing of new varieties. Testing new rose varieties for the All-American Selections Committee and the American Rose Society he also served on the American Rose Society committee for the registration of new rose varieties. In addition to this he was a judge for All-American Rose Selections (AARS).