A Rose Man in The Rose City

Friday night, the city of Thomasville will be bustling with the annual Rose Parade. But Saturday is the 89th annual Rose Show.

And one man who's no stranger to rose gardens is Rick Thomas. He has over two decades of rose growing under his belt and even if he doesn't win on Saturday, he'll still be one of the most respected rosarian's in the Southeast.

It's a beautiful morning in Thomasville and Rick Thomas is showing off his rose garden. On this day, a group of women from the Tallahassee Garden Club are in town on a field trip.

"I called him and he was very gracious and very willing to share his treasure with us," said Annette Krause of the Ivy Daisy Garden Circle.

Thomas is known as the rose guy in the Rose City. He's also a financial advisor at Wells Fargo which explains the suit and tie. Managing money is his job, but roses are his hobby.

"I'm probably the only sucker in town that would fall for growing roses because it is a lot of work but it is fun, it's rewarding," said Thomas."

Rick's love for roses began 20 years ago when his daughter was one. Growing roses was something they could do together but somewhere along the way, it was Rick who became the rosarian.

"I have to cut all the dead ones off. That's work and I don't like to work. I like to have fun. That's why when you cut them and share them, that's having fun. But when you cut them and throw them away on the street, that's work."

Rick gives tours of his roses all the time. Car loads, even bus loads of people come to South Georgia to see his treasures. This year, the cold weather has taken a toll on Rick's garden and will hamper his chances of winning Friday's Rose Show.

"The retirees, they go after it and there is a pride in winning. It's all fun. Everyone has fun doing it."

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