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The Great Rosarians of the World™ Lecture Series 2010 – East Coast will be presented in New York Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, on June 11-13, 2010.  “The 2010 Honoree will be David Austin, the hybridizer of English Roses and founder of David Austin Roses, Albrighton, Wolverhampton, UK.  Mr. Austin began hybridizing roses on his farm in the 1950’s and introduced his first rose, ‘Constance Spry’ in 1961. The commercial success of this rose convinced him to focus more of his time developing new roses and he established his nursery in 1969 on his family farm in Albrighton. The Austin Rose catalog, Handbook of Roses is now in its 37th year and is published in multiple languages and Mr. Austin has authored a number of books including The English Roses and The Rose both of which have gone through numerous editions.

Mr. Austin has spent his hybridizing carrier developing roses that combine the strength, hardiness, fragrance, and the flower shapes of the Old Garden Rose classes with the health and re-blooming characteristics of modern remontant roses.  His fame as a hybridizer came in the 1980’s with the introduction of roses like ‘Graham Thomas’, ‘Mary Rose’, and ‘Abraham Darby’ all of which launched him onto the world stage.  Nearly a half-century later his English Roses are popular world wide for their contribution to garden landscaping as well to the rose garden.
Over the ensuing years he has introduced nearly 200 of his English Roses and now with offices in the United States, Russia, and Japan his creations are available worldwide.  The David Austin English Roses have helped gardeners develop a new appreciation for roses as landscape plants. 
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to celebrate one of the world’s great rosarians, it has taken us nearly ten years to coax Mr. Austin away from his nursery and roses to speak in the US.  Seating is limited for this special event so please order your tickets early.”
To celebrate this occasion, there is a wonderful line up of events planned including an Art Exhibition of the works of Maria Cecilia Freeman and the long awaited unveiling of the new, revised, enlarged, hard cover edition of  “The Sustainable Rose Garden”.  A Wine & Cheese reception will complete the  Friday afternoon event, at The Horticultural Society of New York .

The 5th Annual New York Metropolitan Rose Council Dinner, with our 2010 honoree as Guest of Honor, will take place on Friday evening.  This event is typically attended by outstanding Rosarians from all over the world and is held at the fabulous restaurant, Opia, overlooking the fashionable 57th Street panorama.  This dinner is sponsored once again this year, by The Conard-Pyle Company, Star Roses.

At the dinner, we will present the 2010 GROW ™ Rose Garden Hall of Fame Award to The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, The New York Botanical Garden.  Through the vision of Peter Kukielski, Rockefeller Curator, the rose garden has undergone a tremendous renovation and transformation into a sustainable public rose garden,  representing an outstanding collection of historic roses.

The Great Rosarians of the World™ Lecture Series 2010 – East Coast –  will be a full day event, presented on Saturday, June 12, 2010 at The New York Botanical Garden. It will include a morning panel discussion entitled “Sustainability GROW(s) ™ Up!” The panel will consist of Peter Kukielski, Rockefeller Curator of Roses, The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, The New York Botanical Garden; Clair Martin, Shannon Curator of Rose & Perennial Gardens, The Huntington Botanical Garden, San Marino, CA; Mike Shoup, owner of The Antique Rose Emporium; Marilyn Wellan, 2009 Great Rosarian and past president of the American Rose Society;  Jeff Wyckoff, President of the American Rose Society; and Hillary Merriweather, co-author of Tea Roses – Old Roses for Warm Gardens.

 It will be followed by the lecture by David Austin, and the award presentation. The day will conclude with a reception in his honor in the beautiful Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden. There will be “Jazz & Roses” music provided by Parlor Entertainment, a New York City based Jazz Trio, during the reception.

On Sunday, June 13th, we will present a morning program featuring 3 of the authors of Tea Roses – Old Roses for Warm Gardens at The Queens Botanic Garden.  This wonderful volume was given the 2009 World Federation of Roses Literary Award.  The program will center on Tea Roses suitable for gardens in the Northeast and Rose Identification.  Immediately following the lecture will be a tour of newly renovated Rose Garden by the Curator, Karl McKoy. 

Details and registration information for all events can be found in the events sections of this website.

The Great Rosarians of the World Lecture series was originally conceived in 2001 by Clair G. Martin, III, Shannon Curator of the Rose & Perennial Gardens, The Huntington Botanical Garden, San Marino, CA.  It was conceived as an annual lecture series to honor notable Rosarians from around the world and provide them with a forum to present their work to a broader American audience.

The goal of this event is to invite major figures in the world of roses, authors, hybridizers, nurserymen, and scholars and ask them to present a program that would offer gardeners the opportunity to acknowledge their accomplishments and to honor their work creating and promoting our chief love, The Rose.  In only nine years, the event has become famous worldwide.

Past honorees have included notable figures in the world of roses such as Peter Beales, Ralph Moore, Miriam Wilkins, Roger Phillips and Martyn Rix, Peter Harkness, Viru and Girija Viraraghavan, Wilhelm Kordes, III and William J. Radler, Marilyn Wellan and Stephen Scanniello.  

In March of 2007, for the first time, this event was bicoastal with the award and lectures first presented at The Huntington Botanical Garden and one week later in New York.  Hosting botanical gardens on the East Coast have included the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and The New York Botanical Garden.  This year, in addition to the participation of The New York Botanical Garden, we are proud to include the Queens Botanic Garden as the newest member of The New York Metropolitan Rose Council and a hosting garden.  The New York Metropolitan Rose Council is an informal affiliation of Botanical Gardens, Nurseries and Local and National Rose Societies.  Together the council seeks to increase the public’s awareness of the importance of the Rose and to also to grow our respective organizations.  The Great Rosarians of the World Lecture Series East Coast is made possible through the collaboration of The Huntington Botanical Garden, The Manhattan Rose Society and The New York Metropolitan Rose Council.   The West Coast Lecture Series took place earlier this year at The Huntington on January 23-24, 2010.
Please join us for this special program that celebrates Roses and Great Rosarians.
Portions of the above article were taken from the GROW website
2010 Great Rosarian of the World ™
David Austin
David Austin with Clair Martin – photo by Priscilla Ferguson
The Renaissance garden at the Austin nursery –photo by Clair Martin

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 March 2010 )

India's Girija and Viru Viraraghavan

Girija and Viru in London
Viraraghavan's in London
Viru Viraraghavan fell in love with roses at age 18, in 1955 (birth date: 9th May 1937) when he saw a beautiful shrub of Julien Potin in full bloom, at Sim's Park ( a government botanical garden) in the hill station of Coonoor , which is in the Nilgiri ('Blue') Mountains of  South India. Coonoor is very near the more important hillstation of Ootacamund (Uthagamandalam) which used to be the summer capital of the Madras Presidency (a vast state which has since been divided into smaller states) during British colonial days. Viru's father was in the prestigious Indian Civil Service (I.C.S.), and so every summer the family would move to Ootacamund (called Ooty for short).

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 31 May 2005 )

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