Bolero – come and bid!

Our annual Rose Auction is coming up on February 7th. I just noticed Bolero is on the list. Bolero is a great Floribunda. It handles our Arizona heat well. 140-160 petals! Old fashioned bloom form! How could you go wrong!

The blooms are wonderfully fragrant. I keep one in an antique ink bottle on my desk. Come and bid! Auction information is on our Calendar page.

Bolero

Bolero

Rose Auction Catalogue

Here it is, folks, the definitive list of 2015 auction roses, with information about each rose and pictures! Click here to download.

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Rose List for February 7th Rose Auction

Gemini

Gemini

Here’s a list of confirmed roses for our auction. Stay tuned!

CAREFREE SPIRIT – SHRUB
THE ALNWICK ROSE – SHRUB
GENTLE HERMIONE – SHRUB
DARCEY BUSSELL – SHRUB
SPIRIT OF FREEDOM -SHRUB

BOLERO – FLORIBUNDA
DORIS DAY – FLORIBUNDA
DROP DEAD RED – FLORIBUNDA
EASTER BASKET – FLORIBUNDA
FIRED UP – FLORIBUNDA
JUMP FOR JOY – FLORIBUNDA
KOKO LOCO – FLORIBUNDA
OH MY – FLORIBUNDA
ORCHID ROMANCE – FLORIBUNDA
LOVE SONG – FLORIBUNDA
SEXY REXY – FLORIBUNDA
SINGIN THE BLUES – FLORIBUNDA

BARONNE de ROTHSCHILD – HT
CORRETTA SCOTT KING – HT
DEE-LISH – HT
DREAM COME TRUE – GR
ETERNAL FLAME – HT
FALLING IN LOVE – HT FIREFIGHTER – HT
FRAGRANT PLUM, HT, ON FORTUNIANA
FRANCIS MEILLAND- HT
GEMINI, HT, OR
GOOD AS GOLD – HT
IN THE MOOD – HT
LEGEND, HT, OR
LET FREEDOM RING – HT
LIV TYLER – HT
MOTHER OF PEARL – GR
PARADISE FOUND – HT
QUEEN ELIZABETH, GF, OR
QUEEN MARY – HT
ROCK & ROLL – GR
SUN BLEST, HT, OR
TABOO, HT, OR
WE SALUTE YOU – HT
DICK CLARK – GR
SECRET – HT
SECRET’S OUT – HT
SUNSHINE DAYDREAM – GR
SUGAR MOON – HT
TWILIGHT ZONE – GR
NEIL DIAMOND – HT
ANNA’S PROMISE – GR
OPENING NIGHT – HT

BEHOLD, MINATURE, OR
TEENY BOPPER – MINI
COFFEE BEAN – MINI
DIAMOND EYES – MINI
CLIMBER SMOKE RINGS – MINI
TEXAS – MINI
TIDDLY WINKS – MINI
WINSOME – MINI

AMERICA, CLIMBER, OR
GOLDEN SHOWERS – CLIMBER
TOP OF THE WORLD – CLIMBER
EDEN – CLIMBER
PRETTY IN PINK EDEN – CLIMBER
VALENTINE’S DAY – MINI CLIMBER

GREEN ROSE, OGR, OR (OWN ROOT)

Rose Auction! February 7th! Woo Hoo!

20150207RoseAuction Mesa East Valley Rose Society

This is an absolute must and lots of fun. Come. Bring home a rose. Or ten! For details email Ryan Regehr (regehr@cox.net).

Sign up to receive our emails at the top of the column to the right  in order to get our Rose Auction Catalog as soon as it’s posted. Come to the auction and meet wonderful people who love roses.

Fragrant Cloud

Fragrant Cloud

Fragrant Cloud

Fragrant Cloud is just what its name is: a cloud of delicious rose fragrance. I just cut these three nice blooms and put them in an Ikea vase that cost less than a dollar.

They’re on my desk. I get to enjoy the wonderful fragrance and the eye popping color as I work.

NEW Best Roses for Arizona List

We have a new Best Roses for Arizona List that has been thoughtfully prepared by Marylou Coffman and Carole Holkenbrink. We are so happy to have this!

You can either click the link here or just above the photo of Playgirl on our Best Roses Page. Enjoy!!!!!

Here’s a bouquet I just ran outside and cut. This is a great time to be thankful for roses in Arizona!
Bouquet

2015 PSWD Convention here in Mesa

Falling in Love

Falling in Love

The 2015 PSWD Convention will be right here in Mesa on November 19th – 22nd. Registration opens May 1st, 2015. This is a great opportunity to see a fantastic rose show and attend some great programs. Click for details here.

Wanted: Yellow Mini

Nancy Jean

Q
I am looking for a mini rose – yellow. I was told that Bees Knees and Abby’s Angel are the best for Phoenix.

A
Please check out our September Rose Lore Newsletter.  It gives a full list of miniatures Mesa-East Valley Rose Society society can order – including Bees Knees and other yellow minis. Order now for late October pick up.

Our rose show is Nov 15th. Hope you can come.

Regards
Steve Sheard

Master Rosarian

English Roses in Arizona

Abraham Darby

Abraham Darby

Q
I am considering adding some roses to the front of my home, and came across some beautiful roses on Pinterest. I wanted to ask someone if they would grow and thrive here in Arizona.

The species is called Heritage, and they are an English rose. Better Homes and Gardens say they grow well in zones 5-9, is Queen Creek in any of those zones?

A
Heritage Roses covers the groups of older roses of which there are many varieties. Visit our Mesa East Valley Rose Society website page Best Roses for a listing of old garden roses.

The Master Gardeners have a Heritage Rose Garden at the County Extention office on Broadway and 43rd St.

If you are looking for the Old English Rose Form – you should look at David Austin Roses, he only breeds and introduces roses with the old form and fragrance, and they all grow in the valley.

As a note: The west side of the valley grow over 60% of all roses sold in the United States! Yes, they farm them here.

We will have a rose show at Mesa Community College November 15th – you should come down and look at what is being shown. We also give talks on planting and growing roses in the valley.

Regards
Steve Sheard
ARS Master Rosarian

KJZZ article on Rose Test Garden at MCC

LeRoy Brady MCC Rose Garden

LeRoy Brady MCC Rose Garden

Last Friday KJAZZ broadcasted about The Rose Test Garden at MCC. Go to their site to see more pictures and listen to the broadcast HERE.

Here’s the broadcast, if you prefer to read:

There are a dozen rose test gardens throughout the United States. One of them is located right here in the Valley. What is a rose test garden? We went to find out.

The northern entrance of Mesa Community College is adorned with rose bushes — thousands of them. They vary in color, variety and size.  Did You Know the Mesa Community College Rose Garden is the only rose testing site in the desert Southwest?

“Every year we get about 80 rose bushes and then we test them every two years. So, those that are in here this year in 2016 will come out and we’ll put a whole new group in,” said LeRoy Brady. He’s with the Mesa-East Valley Rose Society and is the landscape architect of the garden. He also evaluates the test roses.

“There will be everything from hybrid tea, to floribunda, to grandiflora, to shrub roses and climbers,” he said.

Brady said in 1996 Mesa Community College approached the Mesa-East Valley Rose Society with the idea of a rose garden to spruce up the place. By the following year the first rose bed was planted along Southern Avenue. In 1999 MCC garden was granted a test site designation.

Today the garden is among 12 American Rose Society testing sites. The garden is considered unique because the Sonoran desert has two blooming cycles, unlike any other place in the U.S. The first cycle is between April and June. The second is October through December.

“Roses are absolutely beautiful here. When you think that Arizona grows about 65 percent of the roses that are sold across the nation, why shouldn’t roses be here,” Brady said.

Brady is one of hundreds of volunteers who have planted and cared for the roses since the garden was first created. Public funding helps maintain it. There are more than 350 varieties, and about 10,000 rose bushes. On the west end of the campus, rose bushes are planted to form shapes that symbolize the meaning of roses, including one area shaped like a heart  and another with a peace symbol design.  On the east end of the college campus is a veterans garden which has 2,000 rose bushes.

“And all the roses in the Veterans Garden have patriotic names or military names and it’s designed around significant things in the military including the flags of the all five services,” Brady said.

This has become a sightseeing destination for many visitors.  Brady and his fellow rosarians provide tours of the garden, and in the winter they also offer classes on how to plant and care for flowers.