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La Rose Impériale Still Lives Online

On February 7, 2011, in Clair's Byline, by Clair

Hard to believe but the centennial of The Huntington Rose Garden was three years ago and today Jane Tsong, the exhibit designer, sent me the link to the website of Olson Visual who produced the large wall murals in vinyl for the exhibit.  Check out their website section where after three years they are still using images from the exhibit to promote their work.

La Rose Impériale Still Lives Online


David H. Byrne, Professor Prunus and Rosa Breeding and Genetics and Basye Chair of rose Genetics, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

The San Joaquin Valley Rose Society is hosting a very special guest speaker for their February meeting. Dr. Dave Byrne from Texas A&M will be speaking about “Continuing Ralph Moore’s Rose Legacy.”  The meeting will be held on Thursday, February 17 at 6:30 PM at the First Congregational Church, 2131 North Van Ness Boulevard, Fresno.

Byrne took over the rose breeding program after Dr. Robert Basye passed away in 2000. After Basye retired from the faculty at Texas A&M he took up rose breeding with an eye to develop disease resistance in the genus Rose by including resistant species roses in his breeding program. After Ralph Moore’s passing at the age of 102 Byrne was handed the daunting task of preserving as many of the Moore roses as could be put together and continuing Moore’s breeding program.

Byrne has spoken at The Huntington several times and he brings his unique take on rose breeding and a wire sense of humor as a speaker. If you are in the general region on February 17th drop what you are doing and go hear Byrne speak, you won’t be sorry!


Peter Beales Roses Garden,

Peter Beales Roses announced the closing of their world famous rose gardens for redevelopment today. The garden was inducted into the Great Rosarians of the World™ Rose Garden Hall of Fame in 2010 in recognition of the importance of the collection to the preservation of the collection of Old Garden and Speices roses. The garden is located around the Peter Beales Roses nursery in Atteborough, Norfolk, UK.

Peter Beales receiving the GROW Rose Garden Hall of Fame Award, June 2010

Read the announcement from Peter Beales Roses

A Walk in the Rose Garden


Great Rosarians of the World 11 West, Ctd

On January 26, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Clair

GROW 11 West Banquet Dessert Table

Long term Huntington Rose Garden volunteers, Judy Pollinsky and Myriam Hu each year have produced a display of rose themed desserts for the GROW West Rosarians Banquet.  This year is was held on Saturday, January 23 in Banta Hall of The Huntington Botanical Center.  Judy an Myriam make their own rose waters from fresh roses collected from The Huntington Rose Garden and produce a table fitting for the Queen of Flowers!  Judy experiment with 18th century cake and cookie receipts and somehow has managed to get just the right balance of rose essence into her productions.

For their dedication to the GROW program over the past years it was my pleasure to present Myriam and Judy the  Friend of the Rose Award. They have been tireless in backing and putting on their display for the enjoyment of GROW West participants and for this and their dedication to GROW please join me in acknowledging them as Friends of the Rose.

Myriam and Judy receiving the Friend of the Rose Award


GROW West 11

On January 26, 2011, in Great Rosarians of the World Event, by Clair

Ruth Knopf accepting the Great Rosarians of the World™ Award on January 23, 2011

From Sherri Berglund:

I just wanted to congratulate you on yet again putting on a wonderful GROTW event! Thank you so much! Ruth Knopf was charming and engaging and it was the first opportunity I’ve had to meet her. What a lady! The other speakers were inspiring and informative as well. I’ve heard Gregg speak several times and each time I learn something. I think this was his best presentation yet; the “call to action” for rose preservation. We hear it frequently but somehow he made it sound fresh and compelling. This January event is a welcome relief to our cold winters and the Huntington BG is lovely even so early in the season. The venue is excellent, the food yummy and best of all are the people I met are fascinating. Thank you for working so hard in making it such a pleasant event.


Holiday Cards, Ctd

On January 3, 2011, in Holiday Cards, by Clair


#8 — Got the pruning done and read all the rose catalogs…So why not!


Holiday Cards, Ctd

On December 23, 2010, in Holiday Cards, by Clair


Garden Blogs

On December 21, 2010, in Clair's Byline, by Clair

doodles by Andre Jordan from A Way to Garden

What looks to be a fun garden blog has just caught my attention.   A Way to Garden is the name of Margaret Roach’s blog and she categorizes it as “horticultural how-to and woo-woo.”  You will want to subscribe to her free newsletter to keep up to date on her gardening thoughts and of course the “woo-woo!”  Click on the link to go to her blog  A Way to Garden


Holiday Cards 2010, Ctd

On December 21, 2010, in Clair's Byline, Holiday Cards, by Clair

Best Wishes for a wonderful Holiday and Peace, Joy, Good Health and Beautiful Roses for 2011.

Pat Shanley