“The rose has the distinction of being one of the longest cultivated ornamental plants to be found in today’s gardens. It owes that distinction in no small way to the fact that roses are found in the wild around the globe between the Arctic Circle and the equatorial zone. The Rose – Dr. Griffith Buck
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.
The most prolific of the rose researches and breeders at ISU, he is credited with the development of over 90 rose varieties most of which exhibit disease resistance and winter hardiness to the Midwest climate.
Dr. Buck did not lack imagination when naming his rose varieties and it is even considered by some that his rose names are poetic. The poem, “The Roses of Griffith Buck” written using Buck rose names is dedicated to his wife Ruby.
The travels of professor Budd and his graduate student Nels Hansen to Russia and Asia are credited for the introduction of Japanese Rose, Rosa rugosa. This introduction allowed Professor Budd to develop the first rose at Iowa state, the Ames Rose, Rosa rugosa ‘Ames’.
Because of the adverse climate in Iowa the sustainability of roses has long been the focus of rose research and breeding at Iowa State University. These 130 years of research began first with the work of Professor Joseph Budd in 1877, which brought hardy rose varieties from remote Russia and China to Iowa for breeding purposes.
Again in 1912 Professor Thomas Maney worked on hardy under-stocks and hardy climbing roses. Professor Emil Volz took up the rose work in 1921 when he developed trial gardens and evaluated new rose varieties in the Iowa climate. Dr. Griffith Buck in 1949, the most prolific of the rose researchers at Iowa State University, continued with roses by developing over ninety rose varieties winter hardy and disease resistant for Iowa.
Dr. Griffith Buck developed many varieties of hardy, fragrant, and beautiful roses during his time at Iowa State University. As a respected member of the rose growers association and the rose growers community Dr. Buck was not only renowned for developing varieties such as "Carefree Beauty" and "Pearlie Mae" but also for his dedication to the industry.
Professor Maney’s rose research goal was to develop rose varieties that were thorn-less and hardy to the Midwest climate. In addition he worked to develop compatible hardy under-stock for use on other newly developed rose varieties.