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Mlle. Blanche Matignat, Tea, introduced by Gamon in 1903

Check out Gregg’s link below to view some of the exciting roses Vintage Gardens is importing from France!  Our rose friends need all the support that we can give the industry.  There are significant costs in $$$ and time involved in importing roses into this country.  We all need to get behind those who are brave enough to buck the trend!

Vintage Gardens — French Tea Roses Gallery #2

Photo thanks to Gregg Lowery/Vintage Gardens


Postcards from the Garden

On December 20, 2010, in Postcards, by Clair

Jon Dodson shared this photo of ‘Dr. Jamain’ on his Facebook page this morning.  Considering all the cold and snow they are having in the UK at least he had this to remind him of the past Summer!

Thanks Jon! I know it cheered me up.


The Last Rose of Summer

On December 14, 2010, in Clair's Byline, by Clair

For all those struggling through the extreme cold a bit of old time nostalgia.  Thanks to my cousin David Martin from his facebook page for the link.  The Irish poet Thomas Moore wrote the poem in 1805 and ever since it has been the theme song for the end of the rose season.


Let’s see who can name the rose above.  No prize just the honor!


Holiday Cards 2010, Ctd

On December 14, 2010, in Clair's Byline, Holiday Cards, by Clair

From James & Jane Delahanty


May Celtic spirits bring you both benevolent and surprising fortune in 2011!


Holiday Cards 2010, Ctd

On December 14, 2010, in Clair's Byline, Holiday Cards, by Clair


Holiday Cards 2010, Ctd

On December 14, 2010, in Clair's Byline, Uncategorized, by Clair

From Steve & Suise Jones (Steve is former president of the American Rose Society)


From Jeffery Ware and Beth Smiley at American Rose Society HQ


Ruth Knopf

On December 13, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Clair

Ruth Knopf photo by her daughter Caroline

As usual James Delahanty president of the Ventura Rose Society uses his concise prose in their online newsletter to promote GROW.

Great Rosarians of the World-West will honor Ruth Knopf, Southern rose conservationist, at a two day seminar to be held at Huntington Gardens in San Marino over January 22 and 22rd, 2011.  For more information and tickets, please consult: This annual program is in its 11th year of honoring outstanding contributors to the world of roses and is distinguished not only by the honorees but also those who attend and those who educate as part of the program.


Great Rosarians of the World 11 West Tickets Are Now Available

Saturday & Sunday, January 22-23, 2011

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

1151 Oxford Road San Marino, California

To order tickets please email Clair Martin at or call at 626-405-3507.  When ordering tickets via mail please make checks payable to The Huntington and post to 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, California USA, Attention: Clair Martin.

There are five categories for tickets this year:

Red — $50.00 — Includes:  Programs for both Saturday and Sunday only.

Green — $65.00 — Includes:  Programs for both days & Sunday Lunch

Blue — $110.00 — Includes:  Programs for both days, Saturday evening Rosarians Banquet, and Sunday Lunch

Silver VIR Ticket — $90.00 — Includes:  Programs both days, Sunday Lunch, commemorative bag, and preferred seating for Sunday Programs (includes a $25.00 gift to the GROW fund)

Gold VIR Ticket — $175.00 — Includes:  Programs both days, Saturday evening Banquet, Sunday Lunch, commemorative bag, preferred seating for Sunday Programs, and a copy of The Noisettes:  19th Century Charleston’s Gift to the World (includes a $50.00 gift to the GROW fund)

Please indicate which tickets you are requesting, the number of tickets, and the full names of each person requesting tickets.  Also please include your address, phone number, and email address so we can contact you with updates on this exciting event.