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High-Tech Roses At Flower Show

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's 1999 Philadelphia Flower Show, "Design on Nature...the art of gardening," takes place March 7 to 14. CBS News Saturday Morning's Dawn Stensland went behind the scenes to preview the show.

The Philadelphia Flower Show is the country's oldest. It began in 1829. And, at ten acres, it's the biggest indoor flower show in the world.

In 1999, the show recognizes the natural visions of 19th century American Romantics, who began a true American style of craftsmanship in harmony with nature.

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An exhibit created by Mike Petrie featured new flowers called Romantica roses.

"They have an old fashioned look to them but they are developed to grow easily in the northeast which is important because a lot of old fashioned roses are very hard to grow, require extra care and aren't adapted to this area and climate," said Petrie.

These new type of roses are old-fashioned with "high tech" features. Thousands of roses with specially selected breeding lines were crossed for disease tolerance, hardiness, blooming qualities and fragrance.

The flower show's annual showcase of talented landscapers, artists and florists in the industry unfolds as 60 major exhibitors present their award-winning landscapes and gardens with traditional and modern motifs.

For more information on the Romantica roses and other upcoming flower shows, click on the box above.

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