Modern varieties may include an enormous amount of complexity–the ‘Queen Elizabeth’ rose, introduced by veteran breeder and grower Harry Wheatcroft (1898-1977) to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, was of American origin, bred by Dr. Walter E. Lammerts (1904-1996), “known in the United States as the father of scientific rose-breeding.”
Lammerts was flamboyant too in a curious way; his approach to breeding may have been scientific, but he was also a Creationist, and in 1964 he became the first president of the Creation Research Society.
Kingsbury, Noel. Hybrid: The History and Science of Plant Breeding. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 512 pages. Cloth, 9780226437040, $35. October 2009.