Janie, our fabulous Client Services Director and one of our resident green thumbs (and our most experienced rose gardener), adores the Aloha rose for very special reasons.
“My great grandmother, Maggie Lee Matthews, (b.1879), who spent her entire life in Brunswick County, Virginia, grew an incredible pink rose with apricot throat and shadings, many petals, and strongly fragrant in the old-rose way. It was called Aloha. When she was diagnosed with cancer she made my newlywed Mom and Dad come dig it up and take it to their little house in Kenbridge, Virginia, because she thought it was the most wonderful rose in the world. They then dug it up again and took it to the new home they built, and there it still grows.
I have taken many cuttings from this large shrub rose, and shared it with friends who love both the rose and the story, and it grows at the homes of all of my siblings. This rose is very much a family member in that it must move with us!
Because of its glossy dark green leaves, heavy fragrance, and old fashioned look, it came as no surprise to me at all when I found that the inimitable David Austin of England had chosen this rose as one of his breeding parents in developing some of his most famous English Roses. This is a large, old fashioned shrubby rose, not at all a Hybrid Tea as some of the entries on the internet may hint.”
Wake up and smell the roses - in this case a spring bouquet of climbing roses on Anne’s bedside table.
New Dawn roses (a breeding parent to Aloha) climbing a fence at Locust Grove. Often considered the yardstick against which all repeat blooming climbers are judged, New Dawn was voted the most popular rose in the world in 1997 by the 11th World Convention of Rose Societies.
Antique roses in bloom at the Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg, Virginia where every mid-May they host an heirloom rose festival. Our friends at the cemetery tend an astonishing 60 varieties of antique roses, some dating back to 1581.
It’s a two hour drive from the McKinnon and Harris workshop, but well worth the trip. To learn more visit - www.gravegarden.org.< Back