Each summer the good folks at Bierkreek Rose Nursery in The Netherlands host a rose festival. This summer, in anticipation of the 70th anniversary of liberation, they chose one of my Canadian-bred roses to name in honour of the mainly Canadian soldiers who played an important role in freeing the area from German occupation.
We are thrilled to let you know that the rose naming we donated to the Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS) for the organization's Furry Tail Endings Gala was the highest single bid item of the evening!
Earlier this month the new floribunda rose Bon Appétit was baptized by Edwin and Blanche Vinke, chiefs of De Kromme Watergang, a restaurant with two so-called Michelin stars.
This week, Steve Whysall of the Vancouver Sun newspaper took some time to talk roses with us. Our chat was podcast online, and more details were covered in his weekly gardening column.
Thanks to the work of top rose breeders worldwide, and our close relationship with them, we are able to bring you an unprecedented selection of roses that have a high resistance to disease, combined with beautiful flowers and many with outstanding fragrance!
The largest single collection from any one Canadian hybridizer (or even consortium) has just been sent overseas for testing on the global market. Budwood from Select Roses' varieties, all bred by Brad Jalbert, made its way to Bierkreek Rose Nursery in the Netherlands, and was sent on to New Zealand thereafter. We hope that even a few of these varieties will become international favourites.
Paul Zimmerman is a rose enthusiast, author, and grower from South Carolina. He contributes to Fine Gardening Magazine, and works with us here at Select Roses to get some of our varieties out to growers throughout North America and the world! This summer, we created a little video, together, that explains the process of hybridizing roses.