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Dec 04 • 2013 • ChristmasGARDDENLUXURYRoseRose NewsTELEPHONE


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Jun 19 • 2013 • AmericanGardenOakRoseRose NewsSmellTornadoTreesroses

Rose News From Around The World


American Rose Center in the USA still cleaning up after May tornado.

The Gardens of the American Rose Centre in Shreveport will reopen later this month. The center lost 37 trees and sustained roof damage to all its buildings when an EF-1 tornado struck on the afternoon of May 16.

The headquarters of the American Rose Society is humming these days with the sound of chainsaws from tree removal contractors taking down the mostly pine and mature oak trees. Executive director Jeff Ware said tornado warnings are common, but this one was different. The staff huddled in their administrative building away from windows.

“There really wasn’t time to be frightened. We just did what needed to be done for safety. Then, we peeked outside and it was a different world," Ware said, during a recent interview at his office that was without power for a week. "The ground was covered in white hail. The temperature changed so quickly because of the a hail on the ground that it produced a fog. The whole area in the garden was covered in a dense fog. It looked like we were on another planet.”

This time of year, you’d normally smell the roses when you drive into the centre even with windows up, but that’s no longer the case. Ware said the severe storm took a toll on the rose bushes with winds that clocked about 100 miles per hour and dime-sized hail.

“Many of the roses were just stripped of leaves and blooms, and basically they’re stocks now. We expect most of them to come back, but we’re watching about 1,000 rose [bushes] that may eventually have to be replaced," Ware said.

The loss of trees will bring more light into the American Rose Centre, which will benefit the roses. The American Rose Centre has set aside a special account to help pay for the damage called "restoration."

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Apr 21 • 2013 • Cliff RichardCountryDarcey BussellElaine PageGardenGreatestHadnallMayRose NewsShropshireroses

The Greatest Show On Earth

The Greatest Show On Earth

If you are looking for somewhere different to go this summer, why not pay a visit to the North Shropshire village of Hadnall where Country Garden Roses are putting on The Greatest Show On Earth . Some of the greatest names in entertainment are appearing from late May onwards.   Come and see show business legends CLIFF RICHARD,  ELAINE PAGE,  DARCEY BUSSELL, and JAMES GALWAY .  Special guest appearance of  the much loved talk show host  MICHAEL PARKINSON and  VICTORIA PENDLETON  the World and Olympic Champion cyclist. ROXANNE PALLETT of Emmerdale fame has promised to make an appearance at the end of May or early June.    Opera singer SUSAN DANIEL will also be here . Susan has been raising money for charities including  Help For Heroes   Also expected in June are Shropshire’s very own BROTHER CADFAEL and CHARLES DARWIN. To give the show a royal flavour PRINCE CHARLES and PRINCESS ANNE have promised to show up some time in June.  WILLIAM and CATHERINE  should also make an appearance, providing the weather is fine. The headliners are also supported by a cast of over Thirty Thousand which will include most of your usual favourites . If the weather is fine this summer, all roads should lead to Hadnall.  We may even allow you to take some of the stars home providing you promise to feed and water them well. For full details of the show see our extensive web site.

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Jan 24 • 2013 • BloomBudsBushesColdGrowingMarketRose NewsThornWarmerroses


Mumbai, Jan. 18:

A warmer winter this year has turned out to be a thorn in the flesh for rose growing farmers. In Pune and across Bangalore, the winter temperature has increased by 4 degree Celsius. Both these centres are major areas for rose cultivation. The higher than normal temperature has resulted in an earlier bloom of roses. This, in turn, has advanced the arrival of the roses in the market. Planters project that at least 25 per cent of the blooms are set to arrive in the market much ahead of Valentine’s Day this year. The ongoing concern of floriculturists is that the sharp rise in temperature could lead to damage and consequent rejection of export consignments. In the domestic market, most planters are expecting a glut that would result in prices plunging. Roses fetch the maximum value during the week preceding Valentine’s Day, with prices rising as high as Rs 10 a stem in the wholesale market compared with Rs 2-4 on an average day. For the fiscal 2011-12, India exported about Rs 320 crore worth of flowers, half of which were roses. Usually, roses take around 45-50 days to grow. Farmers generally begin pruning the rose bushes by the first week of December. This tends to yield a good crop by January 26. Between January 26 and February 14, roses are stored in cold rooms, and then shipped to Amsterdam ready for the auctions, to be finally shipped across the retail markets in Europe. This year, farmers’ fear that the buds are bound to be ready to harvest by January 21, five days ahead of schedule. “These roses would not be accepted by exporters, because they would be too early for dispatch to Europe for Valentine’s Day buyers. Farmers would be forced to sell it in the domestic market, putting pressure on prices,” said Milind Manerikar, Chief Executive Officer of Sankalp Farms, a major rose grower near Pune. He said that if the rose buds do get exported, they are bound to suffer damage due to the early blooming. This, Manerikar says, could result in disputes between the buyers and the sellers. Bangalore-based rose farmer Shreekant Shivappa said that such temperature rises prove to be a double whammy for farmers. “On the one hand, prices of all agriculture inputs are increasing and on the other, the farmers’ margins are shrinking. Rose farming is increasing becoming an unviable business,” he said. Agriculture expert Jagadeesh Sunkad said that such unusual weather is a result of climate change. “Not just roses, even other cash crops such as rubber and tea are bound to be affected given the undue stress. It is time we send an SOS to the government,” he said.

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Dec 03 • 2012 • CherryGardenerPlotPoppiesRose NewsSoil.Daisies


To make you smile at Christmas

My Wife The Gardener

She dug the plot on Monday – the soil was rich and fine, She forgot to thaw out dinner – so we went out to dine... She planted roses Tuesday – she says they are a must, They really are quite lovely but she quite forgot to dust. On Wednesday it was daisies – they opened up with sun, All whites and pinks and yellows – but the laundry wasn’t done... The poppies came on Thursday - a bright and cherry red, I guess she really was engrossed – she never made the bed... It was violets on Friday – in colours she adores, It never bothered her at all – all crumbs upon the floors I hired a maid on Saturday – my week is now complete, My wife can garden all she wants – the house will still be neat! It’s nearly lunchtime Sunday – and I cannot find the maid, Oh no! I don’t believe it! She’s out there WITH THE SPADE!

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Nov 09 • 2012 • AfghanistanCannabisFieldsIllicitOpiumRose NewsTradedrugsroses

Rose News From Around The World


Roses or Drugs !

Afghanistan depends on agriculture - and that means: on the illicit drug trade. The Afghan government is fighting opium and cannabis on farmers' fields, and now, a Canadian businesswoman has joined the fray.

She has never been to Afghanistan, and originally, she actually wanted to become a social worker. But now, Barb Stegemann is doing good business with Afghanistan. The 42-year-old imports the oil won from rose and orange petals and mixes them into perfumes.

Her scents are not only sold over the Internet, but also can be found on the shelves of large department stores in her home country of Canada and in several duty-free shops at airports. What is helping Stegemann is also having a positive effect on Afghanistan. When farmers plant roses and oranges and can make money with them, there will be fewer opium poppies in the fields.

Stegemann knows she is only scratching the surface with her business. Most Afghan farmers are still planting huge quantities of opium and cannabis, rather than legal crops, like oranges and roses. With a market share of some 90 percent, Afghanistan is the largest producer of opiates worldwide, according to the United Nations.

Building up trust Opium Poppies

Most farmers in Afghanistan still prefer growing opium and cannabis

Stegemann, however, hopes that her example will encourage other investors to realize similarly innovative investment ideas abroad. Trade helps to build trust and is a key to development in this crisis region, she says.

Some 80 percent of Afghans today live from agriculture. There have been many attempts to ween farmers away from the drug trade. Since 2004, the German NGO, Welthungerhilfe, has been helping farmers plant roses and harvest the oil.

Barb Stegemann got the idea for her business from her best friend who was a soldier in Afghanistan. Learning more about the country, Stegemann stumbled across an Afghan trader, Abdullah Arsala, who had already started a business with essential oils as an alternative souce of income for farmers. Stegemann planned her end of the business in her own garage and initially bought oil from Arsala for around $2,000 (1,560 euros).

"The banks didn't want to give me a loan," she told Deutsche Welle. "So, I had to put it on my visa card." Within a month she had the money back.

After her appareance on a Canadian TV show two years ago she managed to convince an investor. Since then, her company "7 Virtues" has invested some $100,000 in Afghanistan. Her business partner, Abdullah Arsala, has 15 regular employees in his country. During the harvest season, another 2,500 seasonal workers are hired. "Roses and oranges are a good substitute for opium," he says. "But these plants take between three and five years until they reach full bloom." Many farmers can't afford to wait that long, he lamented.

Drugs trade twice as lucrative

Marijuana Crop

NATO troops try to curb the opium trade and subsidize other crops

Opium, on the other hand, can be harvested several times a year, depending on the weather. The sellers can get up to twice as much as they get with the petals and oils, explains Afghanistan expert, Jane Kursawe, of the German Institute of Global and Area Studies. "Many would prefer not to grow opium," she told DW. They know it is banned and many would find it easier to enter the legal crops trade, if they had support for purchasing seeds and fertilizer and setting up irrigation systems.

The projects aimed at alternatives, like roses or saffron, not only have positive sides though, cautions Kursawe. "The price for rose oil dropped rapidly after some time because suddenly there was so much supply. And that has made it less attractive again compared to opium."

But there is no need to abandon such projects. What is needed over the long term, Kursawe emphasizes, is an effort to break the dependence on agriculture, to develop infrastructure, and with that, to boost other sectors of the Afghan economy.

Barb Stegemann is already taking her business to the next level: She now imports oil from Haiti and plans to take her perfumes to the European market.

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Oct 31 • 2012 • HalfPriceRose NewsSaleSelectedSuplusVarietiersroses


Sale! 50% Off Selected Roses

We have a surplus of some varieties of roses and are offering them at


to clear.

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Oct 24 • 2012 • BedBloomingGardenLifeMarriageRose NewsSmellthorns


“As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.” – Ben Hogan

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.” – Dale Carnegie

“Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.” – Alphonse Karr

“Truths and roses have thorns about them.” – Henry David Thoreau

“An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.” –H.L. Mencken

“Marriage is like life; it is a field of battle, not a bed of roses.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

“I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.” – Emma Goldman

“It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.” – George Eliot

“The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses.” – Ovid

“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” – James M. Barrie

“A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.” – Jean Cocteau

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Oct 15 • 2012 • GardensGrenNationalRoseRose NewsRoyalSocietychiswell

Rose News From Around The World


Gardens of the Rose

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HOPES are rising that an end could be in sight for the car parking problems which have plagued the Gardens of the Rose in Chiswell Green.

St Albans council leader, Julian Daly, and planning portfolio holder, Teresa Heritage, arranged a round-the-table meeting last month with the Royal National Rose Society (RNRS) and the neighbouring Butterfly World to try and resolve the parking issue.

And RNRS chief executive, Roz Hamilton, said that as a result the situation was “looking positive”. They should know by the end of the year if they can share parking with Butterfly World, extend their opening hours and look at obtaining such valuable assets as a wedding licence which would ease the RNRS’s financial plight.

The rose gardens in Chiswell Green Lane have been forced to limit their hours of opening in the summer for several years because of the parking issue which followed the sale of part of the RNRS land to Butterfly World.

It has meant that the RNRS has to rely on temporary permission from the district council for visitors to park there for a period of only weeks.

But with the annual opening of the gardens the biggest money spinner for the RNRS, Roz said in August that the society had already agreed it could not continue and would have to close the gardens as well unless it obtained planning permission for 30 adjoining permanent parking places.

The closure warning in the Herts Advertiser prompted numerous letters of support both to this newspaper and the RNRS and Cllr Daly said at the time he was going to make another bid to bring all parties together around the table.

Roz said this week that Butterfly World had agreed in principle to share parking, a decision which was awaiting ratification from the company which has the mortgage on the land, and admitted that the situation was, “looking positive”.

Another round-the-table meeting will be convened in early November. Should the issue still remain unresolved, the RNRS will go ahead with submitting their application for 30 permanent spaces which had been due to go to the council this month.

Roz praised all the people who had backed the RNRS and wanted to see the Gardens of the Rose remain open. She added: “I want to thank everyone for all the support we have had.”

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Oct 12 • 2012 • BushColoursGardenGroundcoverGroundsPinksRoseRose NewsShapesclimbing

Rose News From Around The World


Ringling Estate Rose Garden Still Going Strong

When John Ringling's wife, Mable, planted a rose garden in the picturesque grounds of the Ringling Estate in Sarasota in the early 1900s, she probably didn't realize that her lovely rose garden would still be enjoyed by visitors today.

This 27,225-square-foot rose garden is patterned after a traditional Italian circular garden design, so one can enjoy the nearly 1,200 roses while walking in large circles. As you stroll, you will note the many varieties of colors, shapes and showiness.

There are yellows, pinks and reds that range from climbing to bush to ground cover. Some are tall and elegant, while others are smaller and charming. In the very center of the garden lies a gazebo where you can sit and enjoy the fresh scents of the many roses — which are in bloom nearly all year.

According to Deborah Walk, museum curator, Mable Ringling was in Florida during the cooler months, usually from October through March/April when she enjoyed strolling in and tending her gardens. Other gardens on the grounds are: Mable's Secret Garden, the Dwarf Garden and the Millennium Tree Trail. Although none of the original rose bushes planted by Mable survived, many of today's roses in the garden are of the same types.

"There are old garden roses such as Hybrid Perpetuals, China Tea Roses and Hybrid Musk," said Loretta Bestpitch, horticulturist and curator of Mable's Rose Garden for The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

With this many roses to care for, they must be attended to on a daily basis. The estate horticulturists supervise the five to 15 volunteers who are asked to remove the spent blooms or deadhead the roses.

"At times, our volunteers will help with other projects such as planting new roses, cutting the roses back, mulching or cleaning the paths and beds," said Bestpitch, who explained that it is important to remove the spent blooms in order to encourage the growth of new blooms. "We prune for shape and try to cut to an outward facing bud and the thickness of a pencil so there is enough strength to support the new blooms," added Bestpitch.

Rose lovers who want to grow their own should keep in mind that roses require sun exposure of six to eight hours per day. They also like to have 3 to 5 inches of mulch to keep them weed-free. Good nutrient-rich soil that is the proper pH (5.8-6.8) is also important. Furthermore, although they like to have plenty of water, roses do not like to stand in water.

Bestpitch explained that it's also important to choose the right rootstock for your area.

"Make sure you choose a rose that performs good in Florida or the area where you reside. Florida roses do best when grafted onto Fortuniana rootstock; other parts of the country prefer Dr. Huey." Garden and miniature roses do well on their own roots.

Typically, the roses in Florida are cut back hard (hard pruning) during the first week in February. "After a hard cut, it takes approximately 45 to 60 days (depending on variety) for them to display a dazzling show of new blooms," explained Bestpitch. However, newer cutting techniques currently being employed by the estate are in hope of keeping the roses blooming all year long.

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Sep 22 • 2012 • MemorialParksPlanted.ShuttleRose NewsRose.Garden.Bushes


The Space Shuttle Crew Remembered

Brenda Vice, a former Palestine parks and recreation director, wants the memorial rose garden originally built to honor the crew lost in the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster rebuilt.

The Space Shuttle Challenger (mission STS-51-L) broke apart shortly into its flight over the Atlantic Ocean on the morning of Jan. 28, 1986, leading to the deaths of its seven crew members — Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis and Judith Resnik.

After the disaster, it was under Vice’s direction that the parks and recreation department with the city’s approval planted a memorial rose garden which featured seven rose bushes in honor of the seven crew members killed and a bronze plaque. The garden was located on Crockett Road across Reagan Park, in the grassy area next to where the yellow depot use to be.

“The rose garden had a rose bush for each astronaut who died aboard the Challenger and a beautiful bronze plaque with their names on it,” Vice explained.

The former Palestine resident who now resides in New Mexico still has family here and visits often. It was during one of her visits that she discovered the rose garden no longer existed.

“About a year and half ago I noticed that the rose garden once located on Crockett Road in front of Reagan Park is no longer there,” she said. “We planted that garden to commemorate and honor the Challenger astronauts.

“I would like to know what happened to the rose garden the city dedicated to the seven astronauts killed in the Challenger disaster.”

Not wanting Palestine to lose part of its past, Vice began inquiring about the garden.

She said she called the city of Palestine about a year and half ago and after not hearing from anyone enlisted the help of longtime Palestine resident and local historian, Bonnie Woolverton. It was Woolverton through her persistence who discovered that the rose garden was hit and destroyed by a vehicle years ago.

Woolverton also found that the bronze plaque was stored in a locker at the city warehouse.

Vice said she again contacted city officials and asked what it would take to replace the rose bushes and put the plaque back up.

“They told me they (the city) would take a donation,” Vice said. “So I sent the city a check for $50 to replace the seven rose bushes.”

According to Vice, the check she mailed to the city was cashed but the rose garden was not replanted.

When Vice was in town last April for her father’s funeral, she discovered that the city had planted one rose bush at the Museum for East Texas Culture under the plaque for Coach Bob Knight. She was not certain if that rose bush was purchased with her money.

Vice said her frustration is with the delayed response she has received from city officials.

“The parks and recreation department spent money in 1986 to build that beautiful rose garden for the Challenger astronauts. We had a nice ceremony with a 21-gun salute. For the city to drag its feet, buy one rose bush and put up no plaque is frustrating.”

Her efforts to rebuild the rose garden have been ongoing for the past 18 months.

“The rose garden needs to be back. I have offered to send more money,” Vice said. “I’ve even offered to come back and build it myself. Those astronauts died and we commemorated their death with that rose garden.

“I’m willing to help, I’ve sent them money to buy rose bushes, and they (city officials) didn’t do what they said they were going to do,” a frustrated Vice said.

Not one to give up, Vice began trying to contact Mayor Bob Herrington, who emailed her last April.

Herrington said initially he didn’t know about the rose garden.

“That’s gonna happen when you get new council members,” the mayor said.

“The city still has the plaque but it’s in pretty bad shape. There’s a dent in it and it has mold. It’s still readable but it is damaged.”

He said perhaps the best way to proceed is to have an item considering the rose garden placed before the parks and recreation department and let it decide what to do.

The mayor said he would make sure the item gets on an agenda for consideration soon.

“Brenda was so good, she really improved the parks in Palestine,” Herrington said. “I understand her desire to rebuild the rose garden.”

Herrington hinted that rebuilding the Challenger rose garden closer to the Museum for East Texas Culture was a possibility.

“It would be a better location,” he said.

“It’s symbolic in its own way. We want to do what’s right but there’s been a ton of activity this summer with the parks and recreation department,” the mayor said. “The parks and recreation department has been overwhelmed with projects this summer.”

Herrington said he was pleased to learn of Vice’s efforts to rebuild the rose garden.

“I’m glad Brenda brought it up. Now’s a good time,” he said, citing that the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility, which was renamed after the 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy, was expanding its efforts to get more involved in the community.

“It may be a good time to rededicate both the Columbia facility and the memorial garden for the Challenger crew,” the mayor said. “We can address everything and have a lasting memorial to those two tragic events.”

As for Vice’s offer to help rebuild the rose garden, the mayor quickly stated, “the city loves volunteers.

“We have no problem with her coming back to help with it. It would be fitting for her to come back and help with it. I’m glad she wants to help. We’re gonna make it happen.”

Vice is quick to admit that she just wants the town she “calls home” to continue to grow but not at the expense of its past.

“When I go home to Palestine, it’s like going home. I’m so proud of that town, it’s like a little piece of Americana,” she said.

Although all for progress and improvement, Vice believes the city should take care of the history that’s here.

“Don’t destroy your history to put in the new stuff,” she stressed.

She also believes that Herrington will get the ball rolling.

“He loves Palestine. He’s a Palestine boy; he’s gonna get it done,” she said.

Vice worked as director of the city parks and recreation department for about 10 years in the early 1980s. Under her leadership, the department put in the popular dolphin and wading pool at Reagan Park. She remembers the city honoring the Palestine Lions Club for funding the wading pool in the park.

“I loved working for the city,” she continued. “But I just hate to see things that were put there to stay forever and ever and then because they’re destroyed are gone.”

It’s her love of Palestine that fuels Vice’s desire to rebuild the rose garden.

“I love that town. I never give up. This (rose garden) has got to happen. The city needs to give me the authorization to come back and do it. I can replant the rose bushes, run a soaker (water) hose and hook up a timer. I can be there (Palestine) in 12 hours.”

Vice suggested that once in place, a local garden club may adopt the memorial rose garden as one of its projects.

“Let’s get it done,” she pleaded. “There’s going to be seven rose bushes in that rose garden, all different colors. Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.



Aug 30 • 2012 • CastleFlowersGardenGardeningRoseRose NewsWalled




A NEW rose garden was officially opened at the Castle of Mey at the weekend to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of the Queen Mother.

The unveiling of the rose garden plaque was carried out by Caithness Lord Lieutenant Anne Dunnett and Ashe Windham, the chairman of the Castle of Mey Trust on Saturday.

The event celebrated this year’s Diamond Jubilee and commemorated the 10th anniversary of the Queen Mother’s passing.

The flowers for the Diamond Jubilee Rose Garden were all chosen by Prince Charles, who is known as the Duke of Rothesay when in Scotland.

The garden was created within the walled garden, which was a favourite place of the Queen Mum and her corgis. She regularly frequented the Shell Garden on her visits to her Caithness home.

Commenting on the opening, Ashe Windham, said: "2012 has been an important year in the history of the royal family as well as the Castle of Mey and we are delighted that we have been able to commemorate such important milestones with such fitting tributes – our new rose garden and our exhibition.

"The Queen Mother bought the Castle of Mey in 1952 and the castle, as well as the gardens, had been neglected for some years. However, the Queen Mother’s dedication to the building as well as her passion for gardening ensured that life within and outwith the castle thrived.

"We are proud to have continued the work that was started here 60 years ago with as much pride, love and hard work as there has ever been."

From 1962, head gardener James Sinclair began work in restoring the gardens. Sandy Webster continued the work while in 2000, Grant Napier became head gardener and in 2011, Olga Ridley took over the role.

The new rose garden is the second tribute made by the trust, which has already launched an exclusive exhibition of photographs of the Queen Mum within Caithness and the Castle of Mey as well as displaying exclusive images and memorabilia from the 1952 coronation.

The exhibition, which was curated by Christine Shearer, is housed in Chauffeur’s Cottage in the castle grounds. It has already been a popular addition with the castle’s visitors.

The Queen Mum’s legacy lives on through the trust, the annual visits to the Castle by Prince Charles, and the North Highland Initiative, which he launched in August 2005 to promote and develop the economy and to support the rural communities of the North Highlands.

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Aug 17 • 2012 • HarewoodMaryMemoryPrincessRoseRose NewsRoyalYorkshire




A new rose is being launched in memory of a Yorkshire Princess who made her home at Harewood.

The Rosa ‘Yorkshire Princess’ is named after Princess Mary, who lived at Harewood for more than three decades.

The daughter of King George V, Princess Mary married Viscount Lascelles in 1922 and lived at Harewood from 1930 until her death in 1965. The then Princess Royal became known as ‘The Yorkshire Princess’.

She was a keen gardener, and the results of her love of nature remain as a legacy in the gardens of the stately home.

The Princess’s life is being celebrated with an exhibition at Harewood, and now she is also being remembered with the new rose.

Trevor Nicholson, head garden-er at the estate, said: ‘Princess Mary was a very keen gardener and plantswoman, who made a significant impact on the gardens here, introducing many elements that our visitors still enjoy today. “As patron of the Royal National Rose Society from 1953 to 1965, Princess Mary indulged her love of roses, so to mark this year’s special Royal Harewood exhibition, a rose was the ideal way to create a lasting tribute.

“The pure white petal, soft blush centre and sweet scent give a traditional feel, in keeping with old-style roses and perfect for a Yorkshire Princess.”

The bloom will be launched at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show in September.

Show director, Martin Fish, said: “HRH Princess Mary was patron of the North of England Horticultural Society for nearly two decades, so it is particularly fitting that we should launch a rose dedicated to her during this special Diamond Jubilee year.”

Rosa ‘Yorkshire Princess’ will be planted at Harewood to commemorate Princess Mary’s contribution to the gardens, and will be available to order online from November at or from the Harewood Shop in summer 2013.

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Aug 01 • 2012 • EnglishGrowersHorticulturalRamblersRose NewsWeatherrosesseasonspecies.colin




VETERAN rose grower Colin Gregory admits this summer’s wet weather has brought the horticultural industry “to a standstill” and growers could need to reassess how they grow, sell and market their product to succeed.

A turbulent summer in the UK has seen consistent rainfall and strong winds hinder rose growers across the region as many have struggled to cope with the sudden weather changes.

With more than 32 years of experience Colin believes this year has been one of the toughest on record and fears it could be a sign of things to come.

He said: “We seem to be having these challenges year in, year out. Sometimes we can have four seasons in one month. I think we have to be more adaptable and be prepared for the unexpected out of season.”

Established in 1997, Colin Gregory Roses of Weston Hills grows more than 250 varieties from specialities like this year’s rose of the year, Moment in Time, to the more traditional species such as climbers, ramblers and Old English.

However, Colin admits he could be forced to grow a smaller selection of roses as the uncertainty surrounding the weather means he can’t always guarantee sellable stock.

He continued: “I think as a director I’m going to have to sit down and reassess not just the position of how we grow, sell and market roses but also consider a lot of varieties we grow and ensure we can grow the best of the best varieties.”

This year’s selection has been heavily reliant on fungicides and insecticides to survive and if the wet weather continues more will be needed to keep the fragile stock alive in the coming weeks.

Colin hopes for a period of good weather towards the end of the summer while he still has product of sufficient quality to catch the tail end of the busy selling period.



Among gardeners, roses are known as the aging celebrities of the flower world. Instead of the chemical peels and injectable fillers that keep Hollywood stars looking like starlets, roses must be doused with fungicides and pesticides and pumped up with fertilizers. Even in nature, a rosy glow does not always come naturally.

But at the New York Botanical Garden, in the Bronx, Peter E. Kukielski is trying to change that. The curator of the botanical garden’s Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, Mr. Kukielski is in the vanguard of a national movement to identify and promote rose varieties that will thrive without chemical intervention.

Since arriving at the garden in 2006, he has led a horticultural revolution, weeding out most of the 243 rose varieties he found when he got to the Bronx and introducing more than 600 new ones. Modern roses are the product of hybridizing, in which strains are mixed to create new varieties; that effort has focused on the beauty of the roses, not their toughness.

“Roses have existed on earth for 34 million years,” said Mr. Kukielski, surrounded by some of his charges under a beating sun. “The genetics of roses are intact, but our meddling has messed them up. One of the things that got left behind was disease resistance.”

Since his campaign began, the use of fungicide, once sprayed liberally to eradicate black spot, a common disease of roses, has fallen by 86 percent.

Another payoff of his search for hardier varieties is a longer season. The Bronx garden typically had two dazzling months. There was a colorful splash in June, and a second display in September. But the garden now puts on a show seven months of the year, blooming from May to November.

The transformation of the one-acre rose garden has coincided with an increased awareness about the risks of pesticides and chemical fertilizers in general. Some local governments and school districts have stopped using them entirely, while consumers have increasingly turned to organic products.

The shift was not easy. When Mr. Kukielski first approached growers, the reception was anything but warm. “Some people slammed the door in my face and others laughed,” he recalled.

Taking a cue from the high-stakes testing now so dominant in public education, Mr. Kukielski, who with his crew cut and beefy arms, looks more drill sergeant than rosarian, uses a 10-point rating scale for his roses, compiling data points like form, color, fragrance, foliage, duration of bloom and, most important, hardiness. He evaluates every rose in the garden once a month. Twice a year, he enlists volunteers to conduct their own evaluations.

“I may give the plant an 8, but if everyone else is giving it a 5, it’s obviously not a strong plant,” he said. “I might have given it an 8 because I love it so much. This evaluation system takes all the emotion out of it.”

In 2006, only 23 percent of the roses scored a 6 or higher, Mr. Kukielski’s threshold for a rose variety to remain in the mix. Last year, 87 percent scored a 6 or above. He has achieved that while rapidly expanding the number of varieties — currently at 693 — and scaling back on chemicals. His staff sprays sparingly for pests like spider mites and rose midges, but the formulations are lighter than in the past. Fertilizers are organic, with fish emulsion a favorite.

One rose variety that will soon be shown the wrought-iron gate is a hybrid tea rose named About Face. The blossoms are lovely: golden-apricot on the inside, pink outside. But the foliage has black spot and withered leaves carpet the ground beneath the bushes. “It’s a beautiful bloom, and it has a great name, but it’s not what we need it to be,” he said.

Nearby, Mr. Kukielski is conducting an even more radical experiment, part of the National Earth-Kind Rose Research Study, which was begun by Texas A&M University’s AgriLife Extension Service to find especially vigorous rose varieties. Two years ago, he planted 32 rose varieties in a small plot, gave them some initial water and then let them fend for themselves. “We’ve used no fertilizers, no sprays, no water,” he said.

The varieties, which have names like Carefree Beauty and All the Rage, have mostly thrived.

Mr. Kukielski empathizes with home gardeners who become frustrated when the roses they plant do not match the lush photographs they see in the mail-order catalogs. He blames some hybridizers who for years have put their energy into achieving a particular hue or form without concern for how well the plant will fare in the garden. “People tell me that they can’t grow roses, and what I tell them is that it’s not your fault,” he said. “A lot of the roses out there are not meant to succeed.”

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Jul 29 • 2012 • ChildFalmouth.TownFootballRose Newsbirthsroses



ROSES could be planted for every child born in Falmouth under plans being studied by the town council.

The idea was put forward by Councillor David Sterratt, chairman of the council's finance and general purposes committee.

He said he had learnt of the idea during the Euro 2012 football tournament, as the Ukrainian capital Kiev had planted thousands over the years to celebrate births.

"I thought it would be nice here for each child to have an allotted rose," he said.

Cornwall Council has expressed support in principal, saying the idea could improve areas of the town where there was no planting.

However, town councillors voiced concern at the possible cost; one quote for 200 roses was £3,000.

Finance officer Ruth Thomas said the roses selected needed to "have longevity, be visually striking and have a nice scent".

Roses planted about 20 years ago around the Killigrew Monument at Grove Place were still flourishing, she said.

Vicki Marshall, known in west Cornwall as the Garden Lady, who supplied these plants, had been delighted to see them doing so well on a recent visit.

"The garden remains a delight to locals and visitors alike," she said. "All enjoy the perfumed, magical space that has been created."

She said this was the type of garden councils should be creating, moving away from the formula of bedding schemes which did not help wildlife and were costly to maintain.

The price quoted by Cornwall council contractor Cormac, including preparing the bed, worked out at £15 per rose plant.

It was agreed to investigate costs further before bringing the subject back to a future meeting.

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