The Huntington Rose/Shakespeare Gardens Docent/Volunteer/Workshop Newsletter

                                            Number 33                                                                                       November - December 2003

Subrosa is Published by Rose/Shakespeare Docents/Volunteers and Rose Workshop Members



Great Rosarians of the World

Page 1-2

A Letter to the Editor-in-Chief

Page 2

Saturday Workshop

Page 2-3

New Roses & Rose Trends

Page 3-5

A Visit To Gold Country

Page 5-7

The Sitka Rose

Page 7-9

A Conversation With Jin Chen

Page 9-11

Statistical Comparisons

Page 11-12

A Letter to the Editor

Page 12

The Rosarian's Network

Page 13-14

A Reminder!!!

Page 14

Can You Identify Me?

Page 15

In the Boone Gallery

Page 15





By Clair Martin

Reserve Sunday, January 25, 2004 for our annual Great Rosarians of the World Lecture.  This year we will be honoring British authors and photographers Roger Phillips and Martyn Rix. 



Martyn Rix & Roger Phillips



Between them they have published more than thirty books with worldwide sales in excess of 3.5 million copies.  Phillips and Rix have contributed to both our understanding and love of roses with their books, television series, and now their website. 


Tickets for the event will go on sale on 1 November.  Tickets for Huntington Members and Volunteers are $25.00.  Please reserve your tickets early, as this program will sell out rapidly!  You can order tickets for the event from Clair Martin by either calling 626.405.3507 or emailing him at .  Payment may be made by check or major credit card.  Checks should be made payable to:  The Huntington. 


In 1999 several farsighted friends of the Rose Garden came together to establish an endowment for rose education at The Huntington and asked me where the money could best be put to use.  After consulting with the donors it was decided to use the funds to endow The Great Rosarians of the World Annual Lecture Series at the Huntington Botanical Gardens as a component of the educational outreach program of our Rose Garden.  The lecture series was founded to honor those women and men who have made major contributions to the world of roses, as well as allowing us all the opportunity to meet and hear them discuss their life's work.


Approaching its fourth year the Great Rosarians program is undergoing some small changes.  We are planning a dinner for the Saturday evening before the lecture to meet our honorees under less formal circumstances.  We are also planning some additional surprises for this event to honor our speakers.


We have ordered especially designed shirts for our volunteers for the event.  The sport style, short sleeve shirts are 100% cotton with knit collar and sleeves.  We selected purple to allow for instant volunteer recognition and we have ordered them with The Great Rosarian's of the World logo embroidered on the left side.  The shirts will be available in sizes:  small, medium, large, and extra large for $27.00 each.  We are selling the shirts at our cost; the idea is not to make a profit but to provide our volunteers and docents a distinctive badge marking them members of the Huntington Rose Garden's family.  These shirts will not be sold to the general public but only offered to our Huntington Rose Garden Docents and Volunteers.  The shirts should be in my office by mid-November, please drop by and check out the sizes and fit.  We hope that you respond and choose to wear these distinctive shirts at Rose Garden events. 


If you are interested in volunteering for the event please contact Clair by phone or email and we will place your name on the schedule and assign you an area of responsibility.


Clair Martin, Curator, Rose and Perennial Gardens, (i.e., Art Gallery, Herb and Shakespeare)



A Letter to the editor-in-chief


Dear Clair:


I read your article in the last issue of Subrosa about beginning the 6th year of sharing valuable news with rose lovers.  The publications have been very informative and enjoyable, but I must tell you issue No. 31 entitled, THE NAME "HUNTINGTON" blew me away!  


The extensive research and truly beautiful presentations were the best yet.  Every edition has been a delight!  Congratulations!  Here's to many more years!





Betts Hall is a Camellia, Desert, Estate, Garden, Reading Plants, and Special Docent





Our next regularly scheduled Workshop meeting is on Saturday, November 15.  We will gather, as usual, in the Botanical Complex at 9:30 a.m. and assign duties for The Great Rosarians of the World event.  At our last meeting the group decided to forgo the usual holiday English Tea and meet at a local bistro for lunch instead.  Because of busy holiday schedules we decided to hold our December meeting earlier than usual. 


We will meet on Saturday, December 13 at 10:00 a.m. in the Botanical Complex for an informal get together and then adjourn to Fresh Gourmet, 2004 Huntington Drive, San Marino which offers a varied menu of salads and sandwiches at a reasonable price.  They have sufficient off street parking behind the restaurant and are an easy five-minute drive from here. 


The Saturday Rose Workshop has asked me to extend an invitation to all of our Rose/Shakespeare Gardens Docents and Volunteers to join them for this holiday get together.  It will provide an opportunity for our Volunteer staff to meet and share in their love of The Huntington's Rose Garden.  We will reserve tables so it would help if you contacted me by phone or email to let us know how many to expect.  We will have door prizes and surprises for everyone.



From Europe and Around the World


By Helene Pizzi

It never fails!  Each year in the fall, after the International Rose Trials have ended, the awards have been given out, and the roses (as well as rosarians!) are entering dormancy, I review my photos and I am thrilled.  2003 was no exception.


What a wonderful selection of new roses we see each year.  Many of the roses that have been in competition for 2003 however seem to be particularly interesting, and there is a clear over-all view of the newest trends in hybridizing to be seen.




Photo/Lens Roses


The market for garden roses always has space for the much-loved 'exhibition' Hybrid Tea roses with their elegant tall pointed buds and symmetrical blooms.  Needless to say this year was no exception for fine new roses in this category.  One clear red HT (code name only at this stage - HUBar 2001-1) that was a winner, and also was outstanding for its fragrance, was from the Swiss rose breeder Richard Huber. 


Adam, the French hybridizer from Annecy, won a Bronze Medal Breeder's Choice Award in Baden-Baden for 'Jean Piat' (ADAcorhuit), an original yellow-orange blend rose.  Perhaps the most unusual and interesting HT seen this year was from the Japanese breeder Tagashira, a nurseryman from Hiroshima, with 'Stefanie Gachot'.  This elegant HT is striped pink and velvety crimson, is very fragrant, with good substance, and has all the qualities a fine HT should have.


Generally speaking, the roses were all particularly good this year. All were in bloom almost two weeks ahead of time because of our increasingly long and hot summers, with heat waves flooding Europe even in the late spring.  Many rose trials were wisely held earlier than usual.   What seemed to be outstanding in all the trials were the increased number of compact and healthy Floribundas, now more and more requested as landscaping roses. 


From now on everyone will have their eyes on the Shrub category, as this is THE rose of the future.  Shrubs can be ground hugging (in Europe, many rose trials have a separate category called Ground Covers as there are a good number seen in each trial) or can be tall and lax.  It is really an "anything-goes" category.  David Austin did not enter any roses in the trials until this category was inserted in the '90s, and we remember 'Jude the Obscure', his Shrub rose that won the Fragrance Award in the 1996 trials at Monza.  Croix from France won a Silver Medal this year in Monza with CROrose, a light red Shrub rose.


One rose in particular pops into mind, thinking about the 2003 Shrub: the Gold Medal winner 'Dinky' (ABX273) from Lens, Belgium.  This is a Shrub that will become a classic.  Picture a compact 5' x 5', with trusses of deep pink cascading all around, so thick with bloom that hardly a healthy leaf could be seen.  This is a landscaping rose at its best.


Two winning Ground Covers this year were hybridized by Poulsen from Denmark.  The first is 'Sweet Cover' ('Monticello') (POULsweet).  This rose grows 12" high, spreads shiny disease resistant shiny small leaves making a cushion that literally covers the ground, all beautifully decorated with abundant full 'sweet'-pink blooms.  Poulson's other winning Ground Cover (94/4205-15) for 2003 was 'Cover', a low growing ground hugging 'cover' of brilliant shiny green leaves and bright vermilion splashes of blooms. Still another 2003 Gold winning Ground Cover that deserves mention is from the house of Meilland, France: 'Pink Swany' (MEIfafio).


Ground Covers will fit well in front borders, spill over retaining walls, suppress weeds, and can be grown in containers, pots and hanging baskets.  Europeans love them as budded standards.  They add height and interest in any planting scheme but alas, the Americans have not embraced this way of growing roses.  Perhaps one day...



Photo/W. Kordes' S–hne


Climbing roses are going ahead with a green light.  They are wanted, needed, and are being used more and more as they will give a wonderful show even in limited space.  The 2003 Climbers to watch for are David Austin's climbing 'Teasing Georgia' (AUSbaker), and 'Rosanna' (Korholhel) a fantastic, gentle shaded orange-red one by Kordes of Germany.  Orange roses are not my passion, but this one I find wonderful as the color is delicately muted. This vigorous disease resistant climber has abundant one-per-stem large double blooms that would make wonderful cut flowers as the stems are each at least 12" long and each bloom is a HT in itself.  The rose has very good substance making it resistant to glaring sun as well as beating rains.


It was an interesting year to see the landscape roses of the future that offer a variety of shapes, heights, colors, and offer a rose for every occasion, every taste and every space.


Helene Pizzi, Subrosa Rome Reporter






"Downiville Pink"

Photo/Charlene Bradley


By Charlene Bradley

Husband Tim and I took a trip to Northern California from July 10 to July 18 seeking out Old Garden Roses of the Gold Country.  We stopped at San Juan Bautista on the way to Sonoma and a wedding.  In spite of the hot mid-July weather, we found about a dozen roses in bloom.


We took the walking tour of old town San Juan Bautista, a thoroughly enjoyable experience.  Roses that we photographed were 'Old Blush', 'Gloire des Rosomanes', "San Juan Settler", R. multiflora Carnea, 'Duchesse de Brabant', "Glendora", 'Madam de Tartas', 'Marbee', and 'Bardou Job'.


Further north we stopped at San Jose Guadalupe River Park and the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden (  What a wonderful garden this is!  Although many OGRs were finished blooming, there were plenty of repeat bloomers still producing lovely flowers.


While in Sonoma, we took a side trip to Santa Rosa to visit Luther Burbank's home and garden (  If you have not visited here, we recommend it the next time you are in the area.


Our trip through the Mother Lode area took us to Downiville, North San Juan, Georgetown, Placerville, El Dorado, Columbia, Altaville/Angel's Camp, Murphys, Volcano, Jackson, and Mokelumne Hill.


We found several lovely roses still blooming in Downiville and took photos.  One is a large white single and the other a light pink rose.  If any one of our readers can identify either or both, we would love to know the names.



"Downiville Single White"
Photo/Charlene Bradley


We could not find the Catholic cemetery in North San Juan, but we found the Catholic Church.  There were a number of roses across the street in a run-down yard that appeared to be very old plants--judging from the size of their bases.  We took both photographs and cuttings.

The Protestant cemetery on the south side of town was most interesting.  One rose was growing out of a huge shrub that completely covered it.  The only visible parts of the rosebush were two hardy canes poking through the top and side of this 5' x 4' shrub.  Now that is persistence!  We took cuttings from several bushes here, also.  So far 9 of the 11 cuttings we took in North San Juan are surviving; some are sprouting leaves.


Georgetown was very hot, 95ƒ, and dry.  Most roses had finished blooming.  We did find a wild sweetpea plant blooming everywhere--in the cemetery and along the roadside.  It was competing with the roses, and in some cases, strangling them in this cemetery.  Two roses that we were able to photograph at this location were a white rose on Fanny Shepherd's plot and a pink rose on the Russell plot. 


After visiting the El Dorado Cemetery south of Placerville, the Placerville Cemetery on Bee Street was our next stop.  We saw the 'Placerville Noisette' on Jacob Zeisz's plot.  It was a large blush, in full bloom, and quite lovely


In Columbia we found only one rose in the cemetery.  However, in town there were other examples of old roses.


The cemeteries in Altaville/Angel's Camp had some interesting roses still in bloom.  Due to the warning signs at the entrance of these cemeteries, we were reluctant to take cuttings.


In Murphy we discovered the cemetery, either by chance or by Tim's newly developed radar!  How nice that some of the towns in the Mother Lode have a street named Cemetery Road.  A lovely pink rose was blooming on the Hauselt plot.


We did not see many roses in Volcano.  Those in people's yards either had finished blooming or were modern roses.  This is a cute, tiny town.


We could not find any rose bushes in Jackson's cemeteries, although we did find one in front of the house at 450 Sansal Street, a lovely, small, white rose with an apricot center.  It could be a Noisette.


Mokelumne Hill was our last stop heading home.  The only rose we saw in town was on a fence in front of someone's home.


All the cemeteries we visited had interesting gravestones.  We wished we could have spent more time looking at them.  We appreciated reading where people came from.



"Altaville Massons Maroon"

Photo/Charlene Bradley


We would like to thank our fellow Volunteers who provided us with a great deal of information when planning this trip:  Muriel Humenick, Jeri Jennings, Baldo Villegas, and, of course, Clair Martin.


Charlene Bradley, Saturday Workshop Volunteer


The Sitka Rose


By Priscilla Wardlow

Whales and sea otters, yes, but roses?  When I told our editor, Bea Whyld, that I was taking a cruise to Alaska, she insisted that I keep my eyes open for roses.  I couldn't believe that I'd find them.  But she was right--after searching in Juneau without success, Sitka proved to be a wonderful place for roses.  And, there is a mystery to go along with them!


While walking down the main street of Sitka, we noticed a thick hedge of beautiful pink, single-petaled roses encircling the Alaska Pioneers Home.  Upon closer inspection, they appeared to be Rugosas, but there were no signs to confirm this.  Inside the Home, there was a small bookshop where they sold a booklet detailing the gardens on the property, which called this a 'Sitka Rose'. The story in that booklet started me on an investigation as to the true identity of this lovely rose.




Photo/Priscilla Wardlow


The 'Sitka' rose was long believed to be native to Alaska.  There were tales that, if it was not native, at least it had a romantic origin having been brought to Alaska from Russia either by a prince or devout missionary.  In the late 1960's, Philip M. Gardner investigated the history of 'Sitka' and presented his findings at the American Rose Society Pacific Northwest District meeting in 1968.  Mr. Gardner is the founder and past president of the Alaska Rose Society, as well as the founder and designer of the Centennial Rose Garden in Anchorage, Alaska.


Growing up on the coast of Maine, Mr. Gardner remembered seeing hedges of Rugosas near the shore.  He was told that Yankee skippers brought them home from their voyages to the Far East.  After he arrived in Alaska, he saw the same Rugosas blooming in Palmer, Anchorage, Kenai and Fairbanks.  Whenever he referred to them as Rugosas, he was corrected and told that they were Sitkas.  The Sitkas were present in the pink single form, as well as in yellow and magenta, both single and double.


Investigating in Sitka, Mr. Gardner searched cemeteries, but found no Rugosas there, which appeared to discount the theory that the plants were brought to Sitka by the Russians.  Looking throughout the yards and gardens of Sitka, he observed only relatively recent plantings.  He was also taken to the old experimental station, currently occupied by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey Seismic Group.  There he found thickets of Rosa nutkana, which is native to the area, as well as Rugosas. 


Unraveling the story of the Rugosas at the experimental station, he discovered that roses were embedded in Alaska's early history.  John Green Brady, who was Governor of Alaska from 1897 to 1906 was known as the Rose Governor because of his love of roses and cultivation of several varieties at his home in Sitka.  Walter E. Clark, who became Governor of Alaska in 1909 was the President of the American Rose Society in 1928 and 1929.  As a result of this interest in the rose, in 1898 Congress appropriated funds for the establishment of the experimental station later visited by Mr. Gardner.  In 1902, George Georgeson was named superintendent and work began.  Dr. Georgeson's detailed reports indicate that Rosa rugosa was obtained from Nelson, Manitoba, and proved to be the hardiest of several varieties cultivated at the station over many years and the only roses grown at the station that were satisfactory for outdoor cultivation.


By 1921, Dr. Georgeson declared Rosa rugosa to be the best adapted to the Alaskan climate and he sent selections of these plants to experimental stations in Kenai, Palmer, Fairbanks and other locations.


And so, the mystery is solved.  The lovely pink rose claimed as native by the town of Sitka actually originated in the Far East and made a journey from the East Coast of North
America to Alaska.  Cultivated by those who loved it, the rose known as Sitka remains to this day a part of the beauty of this Alaskan seaside town.


Note:  The full text of Mr. Gardner's report to the American Rose Society can be found on the Internet at


Priscilla Wardlow, Rose/Shakespeare Gardens Docent and Subrosa Photographic Editor




 A Conversation

With and Good-bye to Jin Chen

OCTOBER 7, 2003


By Dorothy Fansler


Editor's Note:  As a continuation of the author's article on the Portland, Oregon Chinese Garden in Subrosa No. 32, the intent was publish an interview with Jin Chen as he was a part both of that Garden and our upcoming Chinese Garden.  In the interim, Jin Chen and his family decided to return to China.    The interview was held and is being published to give you some of the history of our planned Garden, the background of the young man Jin Chen, and the role he has played in the Garden's early development.


Jin Chen was born in China in the Southwest Province of Giuzhow. His first teacher was his father who was a scholar in the tradition of Ancient China though his profession was accounting.  He was an amateur artist of Chinese brush painting and oil painting, with a specialty in the plum tree (Prunus mume), as well as being a student of calligraphy. Carving bamboo and writing poetry were also among his talents. His mother was a statistician--a quiet, virtuous woman.


Because of this great influence by his father, he chose to study landscape architecture and integrate art, science and technology into his studies. He received a B. A. in Architecture from Tongji University in Shanghai.  While a student there he also studied English at Sichoun Institute.  Jin's instructor was an American from Eugene, Oregon. She befriended him and he saw her many travel photos of the area. This increased his interest in the varied landscapes of the Oregon sea coast, mountains and deserts. 


Jin became interested in coming to America for his graduate studies, but instead of the Northwest, he went first to the University of Louisiana in Baton Rouge to study Landscape Architecture. In Louisiana he experienced landscapes that were different to him but mostly he learned about heat and humidity, it was July.


After six months at Louisiana State he decided his education would be better served if he took his Degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst where he received a Master's Degree in Landscape Architecture. While there in addition to learning about New England and New England winters, he was able to travel through many areas of Historical Old New England.


An offer took Jin west to San Francisco where he began a job that did not work out. Having made many friends in Baton Rouge, he accepted a position there and stayed two and one half years.


All this time he had kept in touch with his English teacher who had returned to Oregon. She invited him to visit Three Sisters, Oregon and there he learned of the Chinese Garden being built in Portland.


While in Oregon, he had climbed Sisters Mountain and because it was so clear he could see all the way to Portland. After returning to Louisiana, he began to think of Oregon.  In May, 1995 he began a twenty-day drive through the Mid-West, Colorado, several national parks, ending in Portland in June where he first visited the Chinese Garden.


He met the Chinese team working on the garden and volunteered his skills of translation, while making known his educational background.  These skills and education became evident and he was hired as design consultant and project coordinator, a position he filled for five years. 


During this period while on a visit to Shanghai he met his wife, Kelly, on a blind date.  They married in 1998. Their son Kevin was born in 2002.


Jin connected with The Huntington in January, 2000 while on a visit to Monrovia Nursery for the Portland Garden. He was here with two botanists to select plants. During this visit, he was introduced to Jim Folsom who talked about the Chinese Garden The Huntington was considering.  Jim invited Jin to make a move here as his Portland project was nearing completion.  Happily he accepted the offer.


Offenhauser Associates of Burbank did the early design of The Huntington Chinese Garden coordinating the architectural and engineering work. Crest Landscape Development of Calabasas conducted the preliminary site preparation. At that same time an agreement was signed with the Suzhou Institute of Landscape Architecture Design based in China to work with Jin Chen to bring his fantastic conceptual designs to reality.  Jin's office walls were covered with these designs. 


Phase 1 of the garden comprises the first three acres of a planned twelve-acre site and will include a south facing orientation, with the mountains to the north. It will be centered on a one acre lake with a 120' long "Jade" bridge, a tea house and other structures. 



Phase I of the Huntington's Chinese Garden

Drawing/Jen Chen


"The setting fulfills the essential elements described by the Ming Dynasty garden master for an ideal location," stated Chen.  The master plan of the entire garden is finished with all components, divided into nine small gardens, besides the four seasonal gardens. Jin has designed eighteen major poetic Chinese garden views. 


The possibility of a Chinese Garden at The Huntington becoming a reality took form when Peter Paanakker, a member of The Huntington's Board of Overseers and an ardent supporter of art, music, and archaeology, passed away on October 15, 1999 leaving a legacy of $10.2 million dollars, toward making this dream come true. 


Mr. Paanakker's involvement at The Huntington began when he joined the Society of Fellows in 1984. He was appointed to the Board of Overseers in 1994, where he served on the Art and Gardens committees. He also made generous donations to The Huntington including a gift to the Art Collections and two Lincoln letters to the Library. His final gift to the institution, the funds to begin the establishment of a Chinese Garden, will serve as testimony to his commitment to this institution and its future.


 An additional grant from the Starr Foundation underscores the significance of The Huntington Chinese Garden Project. Seeking additional funding continues as the project is still short of total dollars needed. 


Jim Folsom notes that Southern California's historical links to China make it an appropriate location for establishing a Chinese garden. "The world's heritage of cultivated plants and landscape design is heavily indebted to Chinese-Americans and Chinese culture for the life and art they bring to the beautifully diverse world we are building together in this region. To create a classical Chinese landscape here at The Huntington makes our gardens more complete: it expands our diversity to celebrate and explore the beauty and rich heritage so unique to China and its peoples."


We wish Jin Chen and his family happy and prosperous times on their return to China. We are grateful for the time he spent with us and the expertise he brought to the garden's development. We look forward to the time in the future when we will have the opportunity to spend time in this garden and experience the essence of life as the ancient Chinese philosopher-scholars did.


Dorothy Fansler, Rose/Shakespeare Gardens Co-chair      





By Myriam Hu

The following information is a comparison of the number of visitors with whom Rose/Shakespeare Docents had conversations during the first six months of 2003 and 2002:





























*First Thursday only


In comparing the large discrepancy between April 2003 and 2002, remember that last year First Thursday occurred during the school spring break and the weather was glorious.  The gardens, especially the Shakespeare Garden, were magnificent in color.  This year neither of these events were a part of the April scene.


Now that the extremely hot weather is behind us (we hope), it is a good time to review some of the techniques and approaches that can be used to enhance your performance and the enjoyment of both Docents and visitors:






and a copy will be provided to you.



The following missive, involving both the Rose and Shakespeare Gardens, has been received addressed to:


To Rose Garden Docent On Hand Sunday Sept. 21, 2003

c/o Huntington Library and Gardens

1151 Oxford Road

San Marino, California 91108


"Dear Rose and Butterfly Docent:

            "Thanks for all your help that hot Sunday...Sept. 21.  We had a fine tea and slowly toured the Butterfly Gardens.  We arrived home to Camarillo only to find lots of newly born butterflies in our own garden.  It has been a superior year for birds, butterflies, and roses.

"I noticed a Monarch Caterpillar on your Butterfly (orange flowers) Weed--very low to the ground.  I believe it will be a green pupa soon.  I hope you can find it.  All Monarchs don't cluster.  I now will definitely plant Butterfly Weed in our Camarillo garden.

            "The anise swallowtail loves sweet

fennel.  I did not see any there.  But it's a great plant to watch the entire butterfly cycle.  The eggs are even easy to spot.  (May to October).

            "Our favorite rose was 'French Lace'...what a lovely perfume and bud.

            "Your loving care is very evident in the Rose Garden.  Keep up the good work.

            "God Bless!


                        John and Mary Mccozzi

                        Camarillo, California"



Danaus plexippus/Monarch Caterpillar feeding on Asclepias tuberosa in the Shakespeare Garden

Photo/Clair Martin



I am very happy to report the Docent who made this effort with these visitors is Priscilla Wardlow.  CONGRATULATIONS  Priscilla!


Performing Docent duties at The Huntington continues to become more interesting and satisfying as we all hone our knowledge of our areas.


Myriam Hu, Rose/Shakespeare Gardens Co-Chair






The Rosarian's Network is a very professional journal published on a quarterly basis.  Clair Martin is the Editor-in-Chief and has collected a staff of world-renowned rosarians eager to contribute their work.  If you receive Subrosa via e-mail distribution, you also receive The Rosarian's Network.


Examples of the eContents are as follows:


            From the Editor/breaking news

            Books & Publications

            Members' Exchange




            subRosa Forum

            In Closing


You can expect to find excellent articles within a very broad range to all who have botanical interests.


If you don't already receive the eJournal you can email Clair Martin at:

to subscribe.


The purpose of this announcement is to call your attention to the fact that a copy of this publication is being maintained in the Johnson Volunteer Room of The Huntington Botanical Center.  So, whether you already receive a copy and either do not like to read on screen or do not want to print out the entire periodical, or if you are one of the Subrosa subscriber's who receive that publication via the United States Postal Service, the eJournal is now available in printed form.


Look for the orange/red three-ring binder on the bookshelves in the corner where we are collecting books and articles.  The binder is labeled and will be easy to spot.  It would be appreciated if you would use it only in the Johnson Volunteer Room.  Thank you.

Bea Whyld, Rose/Shakespeare Gardens Docent and Subrosa Editor




The $5.00 yearly subscription price that we ask to offset the cost of printing and mailing those copies of Subrosa that are delivered via the U.S. Postal Service is now due.  If you have not already done so, please forward your check made to "The Huntington" to Clair Martin.  Should anyone wish to switch to e-mail (quicker delivery in living color, complete with pictures), please send your e-mail address to:

or .


Remember printing, mailing and the purchase of CD-ROMs used for permanent storage are the only costs entailed in this publication.  All research, writing, and editing is done at "no cost" to The Huntington.





What Am I? Where Am I?

Photo/Clair Martin

We are initiating a new column for our online readers in which we challenge you to identify a problem or flower from the Rose/Shakespeare Gardens.  We will announce the winners in the next issue of Subrosa. 

To enter, email Clair Martin with the correct identification of the subject and the garden location and bed number.  There will be prizes offered to the first five Rose/Shakespeare Garden Docents /Volunteers and five to Saturday Rose Workshop participants to respond with the correct answer.




November 8 through April 4, 2004

"The Beauty of Life"

William Morris and the Art of Design



William Morris's place in the history of 19th-century design is examined in this exhibition of almost 250 works drawn from The Huntington's extensive Arts and Crafts holdings, which include the largest collection of Morris materials outside the United Kingdom.


Mr. Huntington's Ranch: A Century of Transformation Special "Estate Centennial" Exhibition January 31, 2003 - January 4, 2004





We are initiating a new program in conjunction with our Great Rosarians of the World Annual Lecture Series. This year we will announce The Huntington Rose Honor Roll. We will have nomination ballots available at the next Garden Docent/Volunteer Meeting. We are asking our Docents & Volunteers to make up to five nominations in four categories: Heritage Rose, Modern Rose, Modern Shrub & Climber, and Most Fragrant Rose. Nominated roses must be in the Huntington Rose Garden collection. Once we have all the nominations we will select the top five roses in each category and our Rose Garden Docents & Volunteers will form the final panel and vote on the winners. The top scoring rose in all categories will be selected as the 'Golden Rose of The Huntington 2004'. The winners will be announced at the Great Rosarians of the World Lecture on Sunday, January 25, 2004.


You may pick up your ballot at the Garden Docent/Volunteer Meeting on Monday, November 10 or request one via email from Clair Martin.




Rose Garden Docent Priscilla Wardlow has put together a test website for us. This is just a temporary test to see if we find a website useful. She has included news of the Great Rosarians of the World Lecture, the Docent Calendar for November and December (in case you forget your commitments), and she will load Subrosa so that you can read it on the web as well.


Let us know if you like the idea of a website and if you think you will find it useful.  The URL is:


Subrosa Staff

Editor-in-Chief:  Clair Martin

Editor:  Bea Whyld

Photo Editor:  Priscilla Wardlow

Writers:  Martha Burkard, Katarina Eriksson, Dorothy Fansler  

Guest Writers:  Charlene Bradley, Myriam Hu, Priscilla Wardlow

Rome Reporter:  Helene Pizzi