A colorful, firsthand journey inside the world of competitive rose gardening documents the cutthroat gardeners representing a broad cross-section of American rose lovers who will do anything to obsessively cultivate the perfect bloom.
Clarence Rhodes is one of the competitive rose gardeners described in Otherwise Normal People, a new book by Aurelia C. Scott. These obsessive growers travel around the country to enter their prize specimens in competitions.
Competitive rose exhibitor Clarence Rhodes has 250 rose bushes. Here's a sampling (clockwise, from top left): Touch of Class, Joyfulness, Hot Princess, Elina, Cesar Chavez, Tineke and Marilyn Monroe.
Aurelia C. Scott