Robert E. Basye Endowed Chair in Rose Breeding
Dr. Robert Basye planted the seed for the Endowment with his tremendous gift of leadership, germplasm collection and vision for the future of roses. While pursuing a career as a professor of mathematics at Texas A&M, Dr. Basye bred roses for over 50 years. He sought to produce roses that were genetically resistant to black spot disease.
Following his retirement from Texas A&M, he continued to breed roses on his 50 acre property in Caldwell, Texas. Located approximately 20 miles southwest of Bryan-College Station, Caldwell offered Dr. Basye the same rose growing challenges that we endure at the University. Dr. Basye believed that disease resistance lay in the genomes of many of the old species roses, mostly once-blooming in the Spring but sporting healthy vigorous foliage for the duration of the growing season. He made great strides in incorporating that resistance into progeny with which we are working today.
Dr. Basye died in 2000. His knowledge and enthusiasm is greatly missed.
Belinda's Dream is perhaps the most famous of all the Basye roses. With its clear pink, fully double, strongly fragrant blossoms on a strong-growing, disease-resistant bush, it should not be a surprise that she was the first rose ever to be named a Texas Superstar. The Texas Superstar program promotes plants that are tough enough to not only survive but thrive in Texas, which can offer most plants a challenge they can't overcome.
Belinda's Dream keeps on producing those gorgeous blooms through drought, through heavy rains, through ghastly heat. If you are not growing Belinda's Dream, you should be. If she has at least 6 hours of sun a day, she will give you bouquet after bouquet of healthy roses, one flower of which is fragrant enough to scent a room.
Dr. Basye's Registered Cultivars:
Basye's Legacy (1966)