Rose Travels

  1. Old Rose Garden Tour (France and Germany)

    1993 Old Rose Garden Tour of France and Germany  By Louise Clements On June 2 our party left San Francisco via Air France for Paris. We were led by Bill Grant, whose expertise in leading tours and dealing with the unexpected is invaluable. In Paris we were joined by David Ruston, of Australia, President of the World Federation of Rose...
  2. Visiting Three Corners of the United States

    Visiting Three Corners of the United States: Minnesota, Louisiana, Alaska By Louise Clements Sure enough, since printing the last catalog we have been in those three states. In October of '98 I was invited to speak to a group of rosarians in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In addition to experiencing the wonderful Mid-western hospitality I was there in the fall when they...
  3. Meeting Rose Hybridizers of England

    By John & Louise Clements We celebrated our wedding anniversary while in England by spending two nights at Thombury Castle. Originally owned by the Earl of Buckingham, who had the audacity to criticize King Henry the VIII and lost his head as a result, the castle became the property of King Henry and was the residence of Anne Boleyn. It...
  4. Louise Visits European Rose Gardens

    By Louise Clements On July 7, 1994 I joined John in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where we toured the floating flower markets on the canals. For blocks there were boats secured to the walls of the canals offering their wares. Cut flowers of every size and shape or color it seemed where displayed in containers. Exotic or simple. Mix your own...
  5. A Garden Glimpse of England

    A Garden Glimpse of England and the 7th Int'l Conference of Old Garden Roses By Louise Clements The question is not whether there will be weather but what the weather will be. In June of 1997 the weather in England was windy, rainy and cold, the coldest June in 129 years. Into this blowing, blustery damp stepped 22 intrepid rose...
  6. Louise Visits English Rose Gardens

    By Louise Clements When our group of eleven old-rose enthusiasts, led by Bill Grant, arrived in England we found that summer had' not yet taken hold. On the itinerary were over 20 English Gardens with an emphasis on roses. I was thankful that my husband, John, had urged me to bring a fold-up plastic rain poncho. It covered me and...
  7. English and European Rose Travels

    English and European Rose Travels, An Overview  By John Clements Feeling a little like a prospector of 1849 I set of for England and Europe to find the best of both old and new rose varieties for future introduction via our catalog. I found lovely treasures and had a wonderful trip. I spent a busy thirty days visiting rose growers...

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