Tom Carruth, Clair Martin, Pat Shanley, Dr. Walter H. Lewis, Dr. Memory Elvin Lewis, Leander Lewis, Dr. Malcolm Manners

This photo was taken at The Great Rosarians of the World™ program on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California. GROW XIII celebrated the work of Dr. Walter H. Lewis and Dr. Malcolm Manners and honored them as our 16th and 17th Great Rosarians!

Dr. Walter H. Lewis & Dr. Memory Elvin-Lewis

Dr. Walter Lewis shared his taxonomic research into the native roses of North America which will soon be published in an upcoming volume of Flora of North America. He is a world renowned scholar and leader in the area of rose taxonomy and has been collecting, characterizing, and publishing on rose species for over 50 years. He has inspired, educated, and mentored other scientists in the understanding and continues research of species roses.

Dr. Lewis and his wife, Memory celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary at this program. He surprised his wife at the program by naming a new subspecies of Rosa for her!

Dr. Malcolm Manners along with attendee Jill Perry

Dr. Malcolm Manners is a Professor of Horticultural Science at Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida, where he teaches courses in general horticulture, tropical fruits, horticultural pests and diseases, plant physiology, and plant nutrition. Since 1984, he has managed FSC’s rose mosaic virus heat therapy program, which cures roses of virus disease and makes the healthy propagating material available to the nursery industry.

Gene Waering and Pat Shanley

Pat Shanley, Vice-President of the American Rose Society and president of the Manhattan Rose Society and Gene Waering, President of the Jacksonville Rose Society presented a PowerPoint program on the new American Garden Rose Selections™ program which is modeled after the German ADR testing program. This new rose testing program is designed to replace the All-American Rose Selection (AARS) which has closed its doors. The new program is heavily weighted toward disease resistance and will promote different roses for the various regions of the US. You can expect the first awards from this program in the spring of 2017.

GROW XIII -- Clair Martin, Pat Shanley, Dr. Walter Lewis, Dr. Memory Elvin-Lewis, Tom Carruth

You have one more chance to catch this fantastic program when it is presented in New York City in June. The Manhattan Rose Society sponsors Great Rosarians of the World™ East each year and in 2013 it will be presented at the Queens Botanical Garden, Queens, New York. Ticketing information and a complete schedule can be found on the Great Rosarians website and clicking on GROW East.