Celebrating Roses 2017 Calendar
The 2017 Celebrating Roses calendar gives us America’s official flower in all its beauty and variety. The rose’s rich colors and elegant petal structure come alive in photographs by Rich Baer, an award-winning member of the Portland Rose Society. Sales of the calendar support the educational missions of the Portland Rose Society.
Published by Tide-mark, the Celebrating Roses calendar opens to 13.25 x 20 inches.
Roses featured in the 2017 calendar include:
Hannah Gordon – What a way to start the New Year! This glorious floribunda has four-inch white blooms that are edged with dark pink and seem to last forever. The medium green semi-glossy foliage accents the blooms perfectly. The blooms are certainly outstanding when they are fully open and seem to mimic the fireworks displays that we enjoyed at the beginning of this month.
Olympiad – Everyone seems to equate this month with red hearts and flowers, which makes this rose a very appropriate tribute. This four- to five-inch hybrid tea bloom has 30 to 35 petals and a rich, medium-red, non-fading color that is very heart warming. The large medium-green matte foliage only adds to the outstanding beauty of this rose.
Emma Grace – This miniature rose could easily be a herald of Mardi Gras! The two- to three-inch bold yellow blooms are edged with a dark pink and surrounded by crisp dark green foliage. Its great exhibition
form and is sure to win beads in any parade.
Tineke – April showers bring spectacular flowers just like this large rain-kissed creamy white hybrid tea. The five-inch blooms have 50 to 55 petals and great form. The blooms are complimented by the large dark green semi-glossy foliage. if this is what the showers bring – let it rain!
William Shakespeare – The merry month of May is a perfect time to celebrate the eloquence of one of literature’s most prolific writers. This three to four-inch velvety crimson bloom shades to a deep purple as it ages. The bloom is cupped shaped as is true of many David Austin roses, and it has 35 petals, as well as intense fragrance. It certainly garners applause in any garden.
Diana Princess of Wales – This hybrid tea rose has all of the elegance and class of the lady for whom it was named. The four- to five-inch pink and ivory blend blooms have 35 to 40 petals and excellent exhibition form. The blooms are accentuated by dark-green, glossy foliage. This truly is a rose fit for royalty!
Crazy Dottie –Many individuals enjoy this five-petal, single miniature rose just because of its name! The one- to two-inch red-orange blooms boast a star shaped yellow center with great “orangish” stamens. The small, medium-green, semi-glossy foliage only adds to the beauty of this little charmer.
Falling in Love – What a great name for this rose because everyone who sees it falls in love with it! its four- to five-inch, light-pink (with a white reverse) blooms have 35 to 40 petals and exhibition form. The large, dark-green, semi-glossy foliage only enhances its beauty. And if all of that was not enough to make you love this rose, it also has award-winning fragrance.
Commonwealth Glory – The glory of autumn is signaled by this light apricot hybrid tea rose. The four- to five-inch blooms have 30 to 35 petals and nice form. The medium-green, semi-glossy foliage accents the bloom and creates a standout in any garden.
Sunset Celebration – This hybrid tea rose definitely celebrates the beauty of an autumn sunset! The four- to five-and-one-half-inch creamy apricot-and-amber blooms have 35 to 40 petals and great exhibition form. The blooms are highlighted by large, dark-green semi-glossy foliage. This rose has been celebrated by many and won several gold medals and awards nationally and internationally
Chihuly – This floribunda was named for the famous glass sculptor and is as creative as he is! The three- to four-inch blooms have 25 to 30 petals and undergo some spectacular color changes. The blooms begin as a bold yellow, blushing to a fiery orange, before changing to a deep, rich red as they age. What a display, and it is only accentuated by the dark-green, glossy, leathery foliage. as a bonus, the early spring foliage is a wonderful mahogany-red
Sentimental – What a perfect rose for the holiday month. It is dark burgundy-red and white-striped and has quite a nostalgic name. This four-inch bloom has 25 to 30 petals and an intense fragrance. The dark-green, matte foliage almost appears to be quilted. Its novelty-striped appearance will draw attention, but it is the fragrance that garden visitors enjoy most.
About the Portland Rose Society
The Portland Rose Society (PRS) is the oldest rose society in the United States. It
was established in 1889 by Mrs. Henry Pittock, wife of the first publisher of
the Portland newspaper The Oregonian, and some of her friends. Their vision
was to celebrate the glory of the rose, a goal reached through the dedicated
efforts of the members of the Portland Rose Society. Today, the PRS continues
this vision in its 128th year. The mission of the PRS is to educate the public
about all facets of rose culture in order to perpetuate the love of the queen
The PRS has sustained its purpose of growing and showing the best-of-the-best
roses for the enjoyment and education of the citizens of Portland since
it held its first rose show in a tent in Mrs. Pittock’s garden. Today the PRS
sponsors annual Spring, all-Miniature, and Fall Rose Shows, which are extravaganzas.
In addition, the organization has helped establish the Gold award Garden
and the Gold award Pavilion in the Washington Park international Rose Test
Gardens. The PRS also conducts several pruning demonstrations each spring
and holds monthly educational meetings to further its mission. Many rose
lovers enjoy its monthly newsletter, The Portland Rose Chatter, which contains
articles, timely tips, and new insights on rose culture. Finally, the PRS
maintains educational booths at garden shows and fairs to encourage the public
to grow and enjoy roses.
PRS members are passionate about their favorite flower and America’s popular
pastime and hobby of growing roses. They work to continue Portland’s heritage
as the “City of Roses” and invite others to join them in perpetuating the love
of the rose. To that end, PRS has enlisted the help of award-winning rose
photographer Rich Baer in producing this annual calendar. PRS hopes you
will enjoy the calendar and join them in their quest to ensure that the rose
continues to be “America’s National Flower.”
About the Photographer
Rich Baer is an award-winning rose photographer who has won hundreds of
American Rose Society awards over the last 20 years. His photos have appeared
in numerous texts and magazines as well as in the catalogues of companies such
as Jackson & Perkins; Edmunds’ Roses; Weeks Roses; and heirloom Roses.
Of course, Rich’s photography is so good because it is imbued with the passion
that he has for roses. Not only does he have degrees in botany, plant physiology,
and plant pathology that help him to know what it is that creates good roses,
but he also has a garden of over 1,000 roses that demonstrates the practical
application of that knowledge! The photo above depicts a portion of his garden.
in addition, he is an accredited rose horticultural and arrangement judge and is
an ARS Master Rosarian, and yes, he sometimes takes hours, or days, to get
just the right shot.