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                                                                                   The John Cabot Rose Society’s  web-page.. #1
                                                        St. John’s,  Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

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                                      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.

       The 2014 JCRS Rose Show  was held on  the 19th and 20th of July 2014

                      at the MUN Botanical Garden,  306 Mt. Scio Rd.,  St. John’s.

   Rose Photographs are available at 2014 JCRS Rose Show Canon Photo Albums.pdf

                     please ‘download and save’ the list to see all the rose photos.

                            A Report on the 2014 Show will appear here soon.

             LINKS:    Articles of  possible interest to Rose Growers;


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


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


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                          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.

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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           ROSE SOCIETY


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


and photographs


Rose Photograph Albums:

Roses exhibited in the

2007-2012  JCRS Rose    Shows    shown  as



6  pages of  ‘Rose Primers

       by Harry McGee of


    How to grow Roses in



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

     by Frank R. Smith



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Cutting and Conditioning Roses for Showing and

Arrangements by Betty H.

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         and   ...   Photographs of the previous  JCRS Rose Shows:    2007 - 2012


                       Roses exhibited in the 2007 to 2012 JCRS Rose Shows  shown  as

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


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  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’.

             Note:  Antique Roses is a collective descriptor which means roses developed in the

                                                            18th and 19th centuries and earlier.              .

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:     4th November 2014

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2013 SHOW  by Frank R. Smith

         After the trials and tribulations of the last two rose shows, that of 2011 being too early and the one in 2012 being too late, it was marvellous to finally get the timing right, reverting to what we had chosen in 2007 for the first Show by the new society: namely the third weekend of July.

         The summer of 2013 rivalled that of 2012, in which there were more 20+ degree days than ever before. But our 2013 Show was better timed. This year was notable for many warm and dry days in July, especially prior to our Rose Show on 20th and 21st July (earlier than last year).The total number of entries (115) was second only to 2009 (150) but involved fewer (8) contributors than earlier shows. Older garden roses (excluding climbers) and English Roses each had fourteen entries, while there were 13 of Canadian parentage. Just eight were Floribundas while there were four each hybrid teas and species roses. The trend away from the roses popular in the mid twentieth century is notable, as is the greater interest in what we have come to refer to as antique roses, some as young as 100 years old. Of course, it could be because Hybrid Teas are notorious for being lost during the winter; if protection is inadequate. This is also one reason for the local popularity of English Roses which appear significantly hardier in practice, even if the hardiness classification suggests otherwise.

         Multiple entries of the same variety are rare in our small group: red 'Charles de Mills' and purplish 'Cardinal de Richelieu' among the old roses; 'John Cabot' among the Explorers, 'Blaze Superior' (synonyms 'New Blaze', 'Improved Blaze' and 'Demokracie') and 'American Pillar' in the climbers; 'Abraham Darby', 'Gertrude Jekyll' and 'Graham Thomas' in the English Roses; and white 'Iceberg' and red 'Europeana' in the Floribundas.

         One of the pleasures of arranging a rose show such as this is the surprise from discovering a previously unseen rose. In 2007, at the first Show of the John Cabot Society, this happened when Betty Hall showed 'Tradescant', a very dark red English Rose that Harry McGee declared the most fragrant rose in the room. Other novel roses that year were Carruth's red and white  'Fourth of July' climber and his lemon yellow (or cream) and red floribunda 'George Burns' that Ian and Joy Senciall brought. In 2008, the Alba rose, 'Felicité Parmentier' brought by Pam Bruce caught the eye; so did the carnation-like appearance of 'F.J Grootendorst' entered by David Mills. In the same year the brilliant yellow of David Mills' Kordes rose, 'Sun Sprite', known in Europe as 'Friesia', was noted. David has brought us a number of striking yellow roses, the antique 'Harison's Yellow', a Floribunda 'Golden Wings' and in 2008 the orange-yellow 'Honey Perfume' which he brought this year was first met.  Among yellow roses those English Roses exhibited by Frank Smith constitute a range from the cool yellow 'Teasing Georgia' through the mustardy 'Charles Darwin'  to the glowing yellow of  'Graham Thomas', and finally the warmth of 'Golden Celebration'. Frank's other English Roses exhibited this year were medium pink 'Gertrude Jekyll' and 'Mary Rose', soft pink 'Eglantyne', bright pink 'James Galway', pink and yellow 'Lilian Austin', peachy 'Abraham Darby', apricot pink 'Evelyn', red 'Sophy's Rose', orange-red 'Benjamin Britten', brownish apricot 'Leander', white 'Fair Bianca', coppery 'Pat Austin' and 'The Alexandra Rose'.

         David Mills grows a number of Canadian bred roses, the lovely pink 'Lambert Closse', the pink 'Thérčse Bugnet' and 'Louis Jolliet'. Ivan and Anne Palmer showed the large reddish brown blooms of Kordes' 'Westerland' which elicited favourable comments from many observers. More recently the yellow-orange of 'Morden Sunrise' has been widely admired. The pink floribunda, "Sexy Rexy" 'brought by Wendy Baker attracted much attention in 2012 and again this year.

This year's new entries included Shirley Rooney's 'Beryl Bach', a lovely yellow and pink HT, David Mills' climber 'Francois Juranville' and from the Canadian Artist series, the dark red 'Emily Carr' were also new, so was David Austin's 'The Alexandra Rose'  resembling somewhat 'R. canina' (also exhibited this year) with much larger bolder blooms and quite unlike most other English Roses. Also exhibited for the first time were yellow 'Charles Darwin' and the coppery 'Pat Austin'. This year again, 'Morden Sunrise' was one of the stars.

         With a small number of exhibitors, it is easy to notice the rose styles they seem to prefer. For instance, Pam Bruce concentrates on species roses, climbers like 'Albertine' and antique roses. Wendy Baker's roses are from the ranks of Hybrid Teas and Floribundas, with 'Queen Elizabeth', a Grandiflora a favourite of hers. Both Betty Hall and Ian and Joy Senciall have a number of Morden roses, well suited to colder climates. But Joy and Ian have a wider diversity of roses than Betty Hall who has more older roses and climbers. Shirley Rooney has a number of Hybrid Teas, Floribundas and several climbing roses.  David Mills grows many different rose types: older shrub roses, climbers and English Roses as well as a representative selection of Canadian bred roses. He and Frank Smith compete (in a friendly spirit) to see who can bring in the most good looking specimens; often around thirty each. Only in 2009 did another exhibitor bring more roses than either of these two gentlemen. But that person brought roses from her parents' garden and has evidently failed to convince them of the worthwhile nature of exhibiting form one's garden.

           As in past years, this show would not have been possible had it not been for the eager co-operation of the Memorial University Botanical Garden and its staff.

 This Show report was also published by National-Roses-Canada in their ‘Roses-Canada’ Journal.


  Photographs of the 2013  JCRS ROSE SHOW  20-21 July 2013

              held at the MUN Botanical Garden,  St. John’s,  Newfoundland.                  


      ‘Click on the links’  below to see the Albums on the Canon website:


            2013 David Austin English Roses exhibited




            2013  Canadian Bred Roses exhibited




           2013 Hybrid Tea Roses exhibited




           2013 Floribunda Roses exhibited




           2013 Climber Roses exhibited




           2013 Species Roses exhibited




          2013 Antique Roses exhibited



    or ... ‘Click on the link’  ... To Download and Save the List:

           2013 JCRS Rose Show Canon Photo Albums.pdf

   ‘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.


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