Peter Kukielski

Peter E. Kukielski is widely recognized for his work toward sustainability and disease resistance in rose gardens. He was curator of the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden from 2006 to 2013. In 2007, he redesigned the rose collection of their world-renowned Beatrix Farrand – designed garden. In 2008, he implemented a new mission: planting and trialing roses for disease resistance and less chemical usage in the garden.

His new book “Roses Without Chemicals” is a culmination of that research. Under Peter’s leadership, the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden received the Great Rosarians of the World Rose Garden Hall of Fame Award for 2010 and was voted America’s Best Public Rose Garden Display by the All American Rose Selections (AARS) committee. In 2012, the garden received the Award of Excellence from the World Federation of Rose Societies, recognizing it as one of the best rose gardens in the world.

Peter came to New York from Atlanta, Georgia, where for more than 10 years he owned and operated The Rose Petaler Inc., a rose garden design and maintenance business. Peter is currently on the National Earth-Kind® team and helps to lead the Northeast trials.

He is also the executive director of the new American Rose Trials for Sustainability (A.R.T.S.), launched in 2014, national rose trials set up to scientifically determine the best roses based on regionality and climate. Peter is contributor to and coeditor of The Sustainable Rose Garden: A Reader in Rose Culture (Newbury Books 2010). He resides in Portland, Maine.

Books in order of publication:

Sustainable Rose Garden: A Reader In Rose Culture2011
Roses Without Chemicals: 150 Disease-Free Varieties That Will Change the Way You Grow Roses2015
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