On the weekend of June 5, the rose world will be awhirl in the New York area. The New York Horticultural Society on West 37th Street, the beautiful Opia restaurant on East 57th, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the gorgeous private garden of Stephen Scanniello in Barnegat NJ will host events for the 2009 Great Rosarians of the World IX Lecture Series.
Rose Garden Hall of Fame Award
The Sacramento Historic City Cemetery Rose Garden will be awarded as the second inductee in the Rose Garden Hall of Fame. Dedicated volunteers have made this garden a spectacular show place for heritage roses.
The 2009 Great Rosarian Honorees
Marilyn Wellan is the immediate Past President of the American Rose Society. She is only the second woman to serve in that position in the 116-year history of the organization. Among her many accomplishments, she helped bring the ARS and the Heritage Rose groups together to jointly embrace the mission of the protection, preservation and promotion of heritage roses. She lives and gardens in Louisiana and has the distinct honor of being the namesake of a spectacular rose.
Stephen Scanniello is best known as a hands on gardener who transformed the Cranford Rose Garden of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden into one of the world’s most acclaimed rose gardens.
After leaving the Cranford in 1998, Stephen is devoting his full attention to maintaining and designing private gardens throughout the United States. He continues to lecture, write, and serve as a judge for the international rose trials in Europe, and the United States.
An updated edition of Scanniello's award-winning classic, A Year of Roses, was released in May 2006 . His most recent book, co-authored with Douglas Brenner, A Rose by Any Name, tells stories related to rose names.
For a tour of Stephen's beautiful garden by writer/photographer Denise Foley click here.
Here's information about attending the Great Rosarian's of the World events.
Award for the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden
On May 18, this famed San Jose garden was selected as the first inductee in the Rose Garden Hall of Fame.
Dedicated to the public in September 1995, this garden displays an outstanding collection of historic roses and provides public programs and demonstrations. The garden is maintained by a dedicated cadre of volunteers in cooperation with the City of San Jose, Guadalupe River Parks and Gardens, Santa Clara County Rose Society, and South Bay Rose Group.