By Alexandra Dittrich

Teresa Byington loves to dig in the dirt. She gets plenty of opportunities to do just that as she cares for her large cottage garden that consists of about 200 roses. She is a master gardener, and an active member of the American Rose Society, currently serving as editor of the ARS national newsletter, Roses and You. In addition, she is the Vice President of the Indianapolis Rose Society. She also serves as juror at the Biltmore International Rose Trials and is co-host to the Rose Chat Podcast. Her blog,, tells of her adventures in gardening and in life.

Teresa’s garden is a large cottage garden that weaves together her love of roses and their companions. Roses (from Hybrid Tea to Old Garden Roses) grow alongside annuals, herbs, shrubs, trees, perennials, and a few veggies in this garden. Fences, arbors, and gates add support and additional cottage charm.  

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