Rose Horticulturist - John S. Armstrong

John S. Armstrong started venture in Sunny California was to purchase a few acres of property for growing Eucalyptus and Olive trees. Right before 20th century, John Armstrong open his first retails garden center at Ontario and eventually make his name synonymous with roses around the world.

Full Name

John Samuel Armstrong


11 October 1865




Charlotte Armstrong


Multiple All-America Rose Selections


John Armstrong Listing Rose from Europe

John Armstrong is not starting as a rose breeder or hybridizer. He first listing roses from wide range of resources mainly from Europe in 1920s.


John Armstrong R&D for Rose Breeding

With an eye to the future, John Armstrong setup R&D center with Dr. Walter Lammert. There are many hybridization rose breed created. Among them, “ Chrysler Imperial” and “Charlotte Armstrong” are most famous breed at that moment of time. Following in Lammerts’ footsteps were Herb Swim, Dr. David Armstrong, Jack Christenson and Tom Carruth.


Armstrong Rose World Wide Introduction

John Armstrong’s leadership and attention to excellence led to the hundreds of new rose varieties.


Continuing Armstrong Family

In 1960s, Not so long after John Armstrong’s 100th birthday, he passed away. Armstrong Garden Centers was then led by John’s son, J. Awdry Armstrong followed by John’s son, John S. Armstrong Jr.


Armstrong Garden Heart of The Business is The Employees

In 1989, Armstrong Garden Centers is established as an employee-owned company and led by Don Rogers and Mike Kunce. Armstrong Garden is now employee-owned company and the employees is the heart of the business.



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