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.Hosts of Garden Sense Radio
Jos Roozen was born in Holland on March 21, 1947. His family has grown flower bulbs since the early 1800's. Jos worked on the family farm part time while studying horticulture. After graduating, he worked on the family farm full time for five years. In 1971, he packed his things and moved to the United States. He worked at a large garden center for three years, and then in 1974 Jos decided to start a lawn maintenance business. One year later, he founded Roozen Nursery, a retail garden center in Fort Washington, Maryland. He was joined by his brother Eric, two years later and Roozen’s Nursery quickly became the areas leading garden center.
Jos’s interest in media started while working with the then “garden guru,” Jack Eden. Jos and Jack produced over 200 one hour long "Garden of Eden" television shows, they were aired across the nation on national television.
In 1995, Jos decided to turn his love for salt water fish into a new division of his retail store. He then expanded his nursery to include a saltwater ornamental fish department, which has now grown to one of the largest saltwater fish retail stores on the east coast.
Roozen Nursery not only sells lawn fertilizer but has also been involved in the development of some of the most advanced and environmentally safe plant and turf fertilizers, formally Turf Assurance and now Plant and Turf Trust.
As if he was not busy enough, in 1999, Jos started a garden show on WMAL radio "The Roozens Garden Show". In 2005 Rick Fowler joined the format and added a comedic side to the show. The already very popular show, now "Garden Sense," is still gaining popularity and is currently aired in Washington, D.C, Baltimore, MD, Wilmington, DE, Philadelphia, PA, and Worcester, MA.
Jos continues to stay involved in the day to day operations of the saltwater fish and nursery departments. He loves what he does and has spent a lifetime developing and growing his business while happily married with five children. He is not all business, Jos enjoys joking and interacting with his longtime customers and employees while still working hard.
A Message from Jos:
If you follow my advice no substitutions, the grass will be greener on your side of the fence. Remember timing is everything!
A Message from Rick:
It is surprising what a little knowledge and discipline can do for your gardening! Five years ago, my philosophy was to go to what I thought would be the cheapest plants, seeds and fertilizer I could find, and follow my age-old ideas of how and when to do the work. When I met Jos and joined him on Garden Sense, I followed his suggestions and it has truly made a world of difference. He offered tips that I couldn't find anywhere else -- selecting locally grown plants -- then planting, fertilizing and pruning at the right time with the right products and tools for my specific area. It has made the difference in formerly mediocre (if not disastrous) results, and the success I now achieve (and with a lot less effort). And you will hear the same thing from our listeners!