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                                                        St. John’s,  Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

                       The 2016 10th JCRS Rose Show was  held  on the 30-31st July 2016 

  at the MUN Botanical Garden, with the Newfoundland Blooms ‘Floral Extravaganza’

  Show by the NHS, JCRS & FDG  members. 2016 PHOTO ALBUMS List V28.08.2016.pdf  

                                 The  2015   9th Rose Show Report and photograph links are below:

                                 The 2014   8th Rose Show Report and photograph links are below that

                  and the previous Show Reports and photos are available  on page55  and  page43

The First JCRS Rose Show  in 2007 and  ‘Comments by Harry McGee’  of


and photographs


Rose Photograph Albums:

Roses exhibited in the

2007-2013  JCRS Rose    Shows    shown  as



6  pages of  ‘Rose Primers

       by Harry McGee of


    How to grow Roses in



Cutting and Conditioning Roses for Showing and

Arrangements by Betty H.


    ( is below)


‘The John Cabot Rose and the John Cabot Rose  Society’

     by Frank R. Smith


   ‘Back to the Future’ - The English Rose, David Austin Roses by Ian R. Senciall

as in Roses-Canada of N-R-C.


    It’s  a Colourful World-     

       ‘Colour me blue’ ..

In search of the Blue Rose,

      by Ian R. Senciall

as in Roses-Canada  of N-R-C.


                   Photographs of the 2014 John Cabot Rose Society’s 8th Rose Show

                        in Canon Albums     Links to the on-line photo albums or slide-shows:

           To download and save the whole list, as a .pdf file (advantageous*)

           ‘Click on the link’     2014 JCRS Rose Show Canon Photo Albums.pdf

                                            or ‘Click on the links’   individually (see instructions below)

                                                        2014 Antique Roses in the JCRS 8th Show 19-20 July 2014



                                                                 2014 Species Roses in the JCRS 8th Show 19-20 July 2014



                                                                 2014 David Austin-English roses in the JCRS Show 19-20.07.14



                                                                2014 Canadian Roses in the JCRS 8th Show 19-20 July 2014



                                                                2014 H.T., Floribunda and Miniature Roses 19-20 .07.14



                                                                2014 Climber Roses in the JCRS 8th Show 19-20 July 2014



                                                                2014 Tables of Roses brought by JCRS Members 19.07.2014



Instructions to open the Canon.ca albums:  * It may be advantageous to download and save  the list as the  .pdf  and work through the photo albums from there, rather than working from the website, as one can lose the list and website as the album does not open into a new window. Alternatively, one can return to the website page and list by your browser’s down arrow in the top left corner of the screen, which may not be visible until one clicks on the back arrow, and the list of visited pages appears, then go to the bottom and ‘click’- maybe 2 or 3x to return to the original page.

Open the blue link of the chosen album or ‘copy and paste’ into your browser. Click on the 1st image, and move through the photo album by clicking on the ‘arrow button’, images may be enlarged by clicking on each one, close the enlargement by the tab directly above the image.

Or, alternatively, see a ‘slide-show’ by clicking on the ‘screen icon’ on the right, (however the captions are then not shown) and enlarge by ‘View Full Screen’.  It is also possible to download an image from the album view, if desired.

It can be viewed with an i-pad, however the layout appears differently to the above.


The 2014 John Cabot Rose Society Show By Frank R. Smith


   Do you ever get upset when you encounter problems that seem insoluble? Well, that describes some of the situations faced in this year’s Rose Show in St. John’s, NL held on July 19th and 20th.


  Our Show has to be booked by January 1st of each year at our venue, the Memorial University Botanical Garden, so that it can be fitted into their calendar of events. Fair enough – but then, the change of governance of the Garden, from a Board to the University itself, resulted in a call for Liability Insurance, something that had not been an issue for the seven previous Shows. An attempt to shelter under the coverage of a longer established society, the Newfoundland Horticultural Society, fell through when the insurance company balked.


  As in other kinds of show business, the Show must go on, so we obtained the required coverage at a prohibitive rate, it seemed.

Future shows will have to be different, for our membership has not grown and has little income, but the same members as at the outset are supportive of the venture. 2015 will probably see the two societies involved coming together informally with a combined Flower & Rose Show, on our preferred date.


  But when I posed the question in my first sentence, I had something about roses in mind. I’m referring to identification. I’m sure all rose shows have such problems, unless unidentified specimens are barred. In my view, if it looks beautiful, it deserves entry but will not merit a prize. Not that we award prizes. So it was that Todd Boland, the Botanical Garden’s horticulturalist was away, and nurseryman Tim Walsh, who feigned ignorance of rose identification, brought its exhibits. Some were obvious, like ‘Hansa’ and ‘Maiden’s Blush’, but others at first defeated all of us. When Todd returned,  I asked him about one of these mystery roses, to which he replied. I call it ‘Thérèse Bugnet’. This was a delightful surprise to me as we have in our garden an eight foot rose tree with the same flowers; I had for years been asking others for identification. The extraordinary thing is that the house was built in 1950, the year of introduction of ‘Thérèse Bugnet’, so the previous owner must have been very quick to obtain this new rose – before 1950 the land had been part of a farm.


   Later, I was browsing various rose books and spotted in the Quest-Ritson’s “Encyclopedia of Roses” an image of Rosa Paulii, a hybrid of R. rugosa resembling a rose that we had previously been labeling rugosa, alba or something like that. Tim had brought us R. Paulii, without any of us knowing it. What a relief!


  Earlier there had been a panic, for June was very unfriendly to flowering plants: unseasonably cold and wet. However, a warm, dry July made up for it in spades and by the time of the Show, we were able to have about 100 exhibits. We were pleased to have our regular exhibitors as well as exhibits from the Botanical Garden and also some found growing wild in the Mt Carmel Cemetery near to one of our members – hence the splendid collection of R. virginiana.  This year, the largest group was that of Canadian bred roses (23) including six ‘John Cabot’ and two ‘Morden Centennial’, followed by ‘Antique’ roses (22), including Hybrid Perpetual ‘Souvenir du Docteur Jamain’, English roses (20) including ‘Evelyn’, Hybrid Teas (16), including ‘Chicago Peace’ and Species (15). Only a few Floribunda roses were shown, to our regret, and only one named Climber, the colourful ‘Alchymist’.


  A Floribunda rose that I have come to think of as very special is ‘Sunsprite’, a brilliant greenish-yellow Kordes rose introduced in 1973. As I write this (November 1st), this rose has some twenty buds with two flowers standing up straight – the leaves are a beautiful glossy green. In mid-July this rose was not ready to deliver, as presumably was the same for David Mills’ specimen, exhibited in earlier years. Although I am an admirer of David Austin’s creations and have many of his yellow roses, of which ‘Teasing Georgia’ is my favourite, none of them quite compares to ‘Sunsprite’ in overall quality.


  My thanks to Joy Senciall for patiently photographing essentially all the exhibits, to Liz Klose for all the assistance provided at The Garden, and to Wendy Baker for help setting up.


This report was also published together with several of our photographs in the November 2014 issue of ‘Roses-Canada’  the Journal of  National-Roses-Canada, by Harry McGee, President and the present Editor.

         and   ...   Photographs of the previous  JCRS Rose Shows:    2007 - 2013


                       Roses exhibited in the 2007 to 2013 JCRS Rose Shows  shown  as

                                     web-photo-albums are on   page43   ‘Click on the link’  


                   LINKS:    Articles of  possible interest to Rose Growers;

          ‘Click on the link  to’    ...

                          Go to the JCRS  page46 for  'Rose Primers', a set of  six articles by 

                        Harry McGee, re-printed from  the ‘Roses-Canada’ Journal   on …

       .. Everything you need to know to  successfully grow roses in Canada.


                                      There is an interesting article on   page20  .. ‘Click on the link’  

                                  The John Cabot Rose and the  ‘John Cabot Rose Society’ 

                          of  Newfoundland and Labrador  written by Dr. Frank Smith.

     ‘Click on the link to’  ...

  page42  has a report and photos of the 1st Rose Show held by the John Cabot Rose Society

             in July 2007 when Harry McGee visited St. John’s for the 1st show, he is president of

                    National-Roses-Canada, and is the past editor of the Journal  ‘Roses-Canada’.


 Antique Roses is a collective descriptor which means roses developed in the 18th and 19th centuries and earlier.             


        ‘Click on the link to’   

       To go to the   2nd Rose Society page: .. page42


       ‘Click on the link to’                                

  To go to the 3rd Rose Society page:-photos.. page43


  ‘Click on the link to’         

    To Return to N.H.S. Main page2


      Other Links of interest to Rose Growers:


National-Roses-Canada    http://www3.sympatico.ca/mor-pol  Bi-monthly hard-copy Journal:- 

                                                                                  ‘Roses-Canada’  with links to other Canadian Rose Societies

The Canadian Rose Society     http://www.canadianrosesociety.org

Pickering Nurseries for bare-root Roses from Ontario http://www.pickeringnurseries.com  for  online

                                                                                                                                                     catalogue only now.

Royal National Rose Society  http://www.rnrs.org

American Rose Society            http://www.ars.org


  JCRS Web-pages up-dated:   12 07 2016

  To contact the JCRS: email   NHSweb(AT)nl.rogers.com

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John Cabot Rose Society of Newfoundland & Labrador

2015 Rose Show Report    by Dr. Frank R. Smith


    2015 was a different year for the John Cabot Society in several ways. It was the first year of our new partnership with the Newfoundland Horticultural Society, which recently celebrated fifty years of its existence. So, the Rose Show this year was a joint effort, being combined with a Flower Show and a display of Floral Design, all under the protective cover of the premises of the Memorial University Botanical Garden. The event took place on the fourth weekend of July, being 25th and 26th.

   All went well with this arrangement – if only the weather for early 2015 had cooperated! May and June were abysmal this year, improving somewhat for July. The outcome was that, although we had one additional entrant, the number of exhibits and their overall quality was low. Less than half the usual number! Joy Senciall faithfully photographed them for the records.

   Perhaps the best that can be said is that there were three or four of rose exhibits not previously seen in our shows. The most interesting of these was ‘Felix Leclerc’, one of the new Canadian Artists series. Two old roses were also novel: pink ‘Agar’, a Gallica introduced by Vibert in France in 1843 and the pretty white ‘Fimbriata’ from Morlet, 1891. I am not sure if ‘Schneezwerg’ has been seen at any previous shows here, but comparison with ‘Henry Hudson’ is of interest. There was also a yellow hybrid tea named after the Italian film actress, ‘Gina Lollobrigida’ which I don’t recall seeing before.

  It is to be hoped that 2016 will see a return to our more normal weather patterns and a successful show on a date already booked at the end of July.

               This report appears in the Nov. 2015 issue of the ‘Roses-Canada’ Journal of ‘National-Roses-Canada’.


PHOTOS:     The Antique and Species Roses at   http://opa.cig2.canon.ca/s/m/album/DfJjmrpVcnz


  The Canadian Bred Roses & the English Roses (David Austin) mainly  at


*As the weather was so poor in the Spring and July this year, the roses were really not ready for the show, however JCRS / NHS members bravely entered their roses regardless. Some were damaged so some digital enhancement had to be applied, just to some of the rose photos this year. JS       See photo album instructions below.

‘Click on the link to’         

Cutting and Conditioning Roses by Betty H.


       It is understood that roses, unlike most blooms, have their best food supply in the evening.


 1.   If it is not possible to cut in the evening, cut in early morning.

 2.  Take a bucket of hot water into the garden.

 3.  Using a sharp knife make a diagonal cut. Slit up centre of stem 2 to 4 cm.  A flat cut will allow the

       stem to sit flat on the bottom of the container and may restrict  water intake.

 4.  Strip much of the lower foliage, allowing none to remain under water.

 5.  Place immediately into 2 or 3 inches of the hot water.

 6.  Later store roses in buckets of cool water as deeply as possible, without immersing leaves

       or  blooms,  in a cool dark area up to 24 hours.  Metal buckets are said to be the best choice. 

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