Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2008 Niagara-on-the-Lake Regional Award Winner

 

Palatine Fruit & Roses  –  Niagara on the Lake

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Kim Craitor, MPP for Niagara Falls; Eva and Rene Schmitz

Kim Craitor, MPP for Niagara Falls; Eva and Rene Schmitz

A rose is a rose by any other name – unless it is a special, disease resistant rose adapted to Ontario conditions.   Rene and Eva Schmitz of Palatine Fruit and Roses meticulously tested and propagated three different lines of roses for this purpose. They recognized that there was a gap in the local market for roses that would be more resistant to blackspot, mildew and rust. Their work blossomed into their ‘Vigorosa’, ‘Fairy Tale’ and ‘Climbing Max’ rose lines which are sure to be in demand for public and private gardens.


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