Preserving our historic collection of roses
Excerpted from an article by Pamela in our Newsletter, issue 19, July 2018:
When we were asked to foster the Rambler rose collections that now belongs the The Friends of Vintage Roses, we were thrilled. We live on 38 acres. It is a wild, isolated, and dramatic landscape in Northern California. . . To me it seemed an ideal place for huge rambling roses.
We wanted to grow many of the Ramblers freestanding and untamed. We planted some of the roses with lax growth habits so that they would tumble down the hill to the road. Some more arching and upright ones we planted out in the field as haystacks and mountains. It is exciting to see a rose growing in this natural way. The wild exuberance of Ramblers makes them my favorite class.
Taking on the responsibility of preserving a collection of roses has changed my perspective on gardening. Previously I had focused on making a pretty garden. Now the expansiveness of my garden provides a sanctuary. I consider it my responsibility to provide for as many of these amazing rambling roses as I can on this hillside. As the world seems to grow smaller and smaller, finding a place for people to see these beautiful giants is very important to me. We all need these wild and exuberant beings.
Excerpted from an article by Susan in our Newsletter, issue 19, July 2018:
As family and friends will surely say, I have a problem with roses. My garden already holds about 475 different roses, and I am always looking for more. Originally, when Gregg Lowery proposed that I house the Shrub collection, I thought I would just tuck them in here and there in the garden. But when he told me how many roses there were in the group, I realized that would not be possible and that I would have to create a new section for them.
The area that I decided to develop is a fairly steep slope between our house and the rose garden, facing southwest. I had to consider not only the design of the area, but also the more practical problems of fire danger, irrigation water sourcing, danger of erosion, suitability of the soil, and so forth. In the end, I decided to go with a very simple design of beds alternating with paths extending across the slope.
Excerpted from an article by John in our Newsletter, issue 19, July 2018:
The California Coastal Rose Society (in north San Diego County) has been involved with preserving the genetics of endangered rose varieties for the past 18 years. . .
We were thrilled to receive a small part of the Vintage Hybrid Tea and Floribunda collection. Last winter, 181 Hybrid Teas and 51 Floribundas were shipped from Sebastopol to Bonsall, CA. A permanent home for these plants is under construction, and they will eventually reside in Fallbrook, CA. . .
We hope eventually to bring more plants from Vintage into the collection. I am especially keen on recreating the Pernetiana collection. The dry, mild climate of San Diego County, where blackspot is rarely a problem, is ideal for growing this class. . .