Celebrating Roses 2020 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 PRS
Roses pictured in the 2020 edition include:
• French Lace – What a great way to begin the New Year! The name, color and abundance of blooms on this outstanding floribunda remind one of a glorious soft snowfall that leaves lacey patterns on the ground. This 4.5" exhibition creamy white to pastel apricot bloom has 30 to 35 petals and is surrounded by small dark green glossy foliage.
• Kardinal – This month usually evokes thoughts of hearts and flowers and the color most associated with those words is red. That makes this bright cardinal red 5"hybrid tea bloom perfect for this month. it has 30 to 35 petals and dark green semi-glossy foliage. a bouquet of these beauties is certain to entice anyone to be your valentine.
• Sparrieshoop – This gorgeous modern shrub rose seems to herald the coming of Spring. The apple-blossom pink 3" blooms have a lighter pink center and brilliant welcoming golden stamens. The blooms are complemented by large dark green leathery foliage. This popular shrub was named for the village in which the renowned Kordes Family began their famous nursery.
• Solitaire – Clearly April showers are a must for producing blooms like this andthis one sparkles like a diamond even without the rain drops! The spectacular 5"blooms have 30 to 35 petals and are a bright yellow with a lighter pink edge.The color is enhanced by the surrounding dark green semi-glossy foliage.
• Festival Fanfare – if you want a conversation starter for the garden, this beautiful shrub will do the trick. The novelty of its 4–5" blooms with 5–8 petals which are pink and light-pink-striped definitely calls for fanfare. The dark green semi-glossy foliage only calls more attention to the festival of stripes of the petals.
• Moonstone – This month often makes one think of blushing new brides and this gorgeous rose exemplifies that thinking. The 4–5.5" blooms of this hybrid tea rose are a creamy white with an edging of delicate pink blush. The large medium-green leathery, foliage only accentuates the coloring of this award-winning beauty.
• LeAnn Rimes – The colors of this magnificent hybrid tea rose create a harmony which is only surpassed by the vocal renditions of its namesake! The 5" size and30–40 petals of this exhibition bloom are a light rose-pink edged with a darker pink and suffused with ivory-yellow, resulting in a melody of hues. The large, dark green glossy foliage enhances the overall palette of color
• Cocktail – This modern shrub rose is considered to be one of the brightest roses available. The 2.5" 5-petaled blooms are geranium red with a brilliant primrose yellow eye and golden stamens. Clusters of these blooms adorn every stem.its colors in the garden tend to be much more intoxicating than the average adult beverage!
• Rainbow Sunblaze – The colors of this miniature rose seem to remind us that Fall is just around the corner. The 1–2" blooms with 30–40 petals are bright sunshine-yellow edged in red. The medium green, semi-glossy foliage definitely accents the bloom.
• Just Joey – There are no tricks with this rose treat! This 5" buff-orange bloom with30 petals has been a long time favorite of rose growers. it has won many awards,including fragrance and being designated as the World’s Favorite Rose in 1994.
• The Pilgrim – The name of this David Austin shrub just begged that it represent the month devoted to thanksgiving! This popular shrub is an example of the classic English rose with its cupped petals and intense fragrance. The 4–5" blooms are a rich yellow in the center and fade to a creamy yellow on the edges.
• Peace – The name of this rose is certainly a great sentiment for any time of the year,but perhaps especially so during the holiday season. This rose has been a fan favorite since it was introduced in 1945. The 5–6" blooms with 40 petals are a vivid yellow with pink edges, accented by dark green, glossy foliage. This rose was designated as the World’s Favorite Rose in 1976 and this photo was the basis for the Forever stamp of the Peace Rose issued in April, 2018, by the U.S. Post office.
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 passiont hat 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.
The Portland Rose Society
The Portland Rose Society 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 131st 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 of flowers.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.”
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