Joseph Gable, born in 1886, grew up on his family’s farm in Pennsylvania—just north of the Maryland border and 40 miles from Baltimore. After returning from World War I in 1919, Gable resumed farming, but he soon lost interest in growing potatoes and hay and developed a new passion—breeding Azaleas. He threw himself into his work, developing scores of novel plants for the public to enjoy. Between 1927 and 1972, he introduced 164 fine new Azaleas. Joe Gable introduced Louise Gable Azalea in 1930. Many believe it to be his best selection of all.
White Rosebud Azalea is the handiwork of the late Dr. August Kehr, who worked for the USDA and lived in Silver Spring, Maryland. He was a passionate Magnolia, Rhododendron, and Azalea breeder in his spare time and served as president of the American Rhododendron Society in the 1970s. Kehr used Joseph Gable’s fine pink-blooming Azalea, Rosebud, as one of the parents in his breeding project; the other parent was an obscure white-blooming variety. He developed White Rosebud in 1962 and introduced it to grateful gardeners in 1967. It continues to be a popular selection today.