Bill Kozemchak is an accredited American Rose Society Judge and avid exhibitor and winner of local, district and national trophies. Bill and his wife Kathy grow over 1,000 roses on there relatively small Levittown, PA property. It is a sight to behold when in full bloom.
‘Hilde’ – I would have to say ‘Hilde’ is my favorite Frank Benardella rose. It was my first Miniature Queen in 2003. It has beautiful color and form, although it is not a very strong grower. It was also picked by Ed Ward to be named after his wife. I didn’t know his wife, but we had the pleasure of knowing Ed and spending time with him at conventions. Although Ed didn’t know Kathy, when he saw her sitting in the hotel lobby while I attended CR school he asked if she would like to have lunch with him which she did. A wonderful gentleman, as was Frank.
‘Soroptimist International’ – Although I don’t enjoy writing the name on entry tags, ‘Soroptimist International’ is my second pick. Great color and good form on a good growing bush make it a rose everyone should be able to grow well.
‘Show Stopper’ – Is a beautiful exhibition miniflora with an interesting color. Listed as an apricot blend, it shows signs of pink tan, peach and at times almost a mauve like tint. It also has gorgeous form. Frank gave me a bush years ago named ‘BenSeah’ which was registered as ‘Show Stopper’ a few years later. It was always fun to try Frank’s seedlings and wonder if they would be registered.
‘Dr. Tommy Cairns’ – Was affectionately named by June Benardella as ‘Come Hither’ prior to its registration. A beautiful pink blend and fragrant miniature with very good form is next on my list. It reminds me a little of ‘Jilly Jewel’ which spotted horribly with the slightest hint of moisture in the air.
‘First and Foremost’ – It is the fifth rose of Frank’s on my list. I love the color and how well this one seems to grow in my garden. It has very good form, but not a lot of petals, so showing it may be a challenge.