The Huntington Rose and Perennial Gardens Newsletter
Number 36                              May - June 2004
Subrosa is published by Docent, Volunteer, and Workshop members of the Herb, Rose and Shakespeare Gardens



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The Huntington Docents' Experience With Camerata Pacifica
Camerata Pacifica's Experience With The Huntington Docents
From The Curator
Basil: Favorite Herb For Pesto
Strolling The Bard's Garden
Horseshoes and History
Sketch Of A Gardener in Roses
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Emeritus Docents
Changing Of The Guard
Subrosa Staff Addition
Reference Books and Our "Little Red Wagon"



By Michelle Mackel

At the All Volunteer Council meeting on September 5, 2003 an announcement was made that Volunteers were needed to assist with the series of chamber music concerts to be given by Camerata Pacifica of Santa Barbara at The Huntington during their 2003-2004 season. Four tried-and-true Garden Docents immediately answered the call: Dick Malott, Yllka Runkle, Bea Whyld, and this writer.

Dick, ready to take tickets

On September 22, we met in Friends Hall for the first concert, not really knowing what was expected of us. However, in just a few minutes we had organized ourselves into ticket takers, program distributor, and usher. We also stuff programs with the current handouts and collect the seat markers after each performance. We have now performed these duties with such regularity, we consider ourselves professionals in these fields.

What a surprise to see our familiar Friends Hall transformed into a concert hall! The corners glowed with soft backlighting on plants, the rows of chairs were arranged along a slight curve, with aisles defining three sections facing north to the newly set up, spot lit stage. And, who would dream our hall would do so well acoustically with the Camerata's crisply magnificent music? At every concert it has been so hard to believe that in a few hours this is the same place I would be instructing children on making their own books in the Library program Paper, Pens and Prose.

On that first night, not only were refreshments served on the Garden Terrace at intermission, but after the performance there was a champagne reception as well. I did not mind at all getting home at 11:30 p.m.

Michelle, author and usher (photo courtesy of Cynthia Dickey)

Each concert has been a delight; the performers' expertise and the interesting range of music selected kept our attention riveted. I often found myself complacently looking forward to a loved piece only to find I was enjoying even more something I had never heard before. We were also treated to information about each piece before the performance by the Camerata's musical founder/director, Adrian Spence, a highly charming and knowledgeable musician.

One evening we were given an all-Bach concert performed on original instruments, just as Bach himself would have heard it. At the intermission, the performers graciously talked about their instruments' differences to those interested. On another evening, we were given a Korngold suite which required the use of only the left hand for the piano part. To explain this, I would like to quote from the Camerata Pacifica 2003-2004 program.

"When the Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein lost his right arm during the First World War, a burgeoning cottage industry was born. Some of the most significant composers of the middle decades of the 20th century wrote music for piano left hand, beginning with Erich Wolfgang Korngold. In 1923, eight years before Wittgenstein persuaded Maurice Ravel to write a similar work, Korngold produced his Concerto for the Left Hand, followed in 1930 by the Suite for Piano Left Hand, Two Violins and Cello, Opus 23.

"Cast in five movements, the Suite not only looks back at earlier Korngold works--preeminently the opera Die tote Stadt--but also looks forward, especially in the sensual Waltz, to several of his Warner Brothers film scores. The pianist has some especially challenging writing in the Praeludium and Fuge and the concluding Rondo, as well as some virtually impossible difficulties in the central section of the third movement appropriately called Groteske."

The high level of expertise among these performers brings to Southern California, on a consistent basis, wonderful cultural events.

Yllka, taking tickets from concert-goers Marge and Sherman Telleen
Bea, handing programs to Myron Dickens and Karen Anderson

It has been a thorough pleasure helping with these concerts. Once again we are reminded that no matter how much we try to give to The Huntington, we find ourselves receiving even more in return. We are all delighted to learn Camerata Pacifica will be performing at The Huntington for the 2004-2005 season.

Michelle Mackel is Camellia Garden Docent Co-Chair, Full Garden and Rose/Shakespeare Gardens Docent, as well as a Library Docent


by Melissa Seley

Huntington Garden Docents have made an immense contribution to Camerata Pacifica's inaugural season at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. The Santa Barbara-based chamber music ensemble, founded by Adrian Spence in 1990, performs a monthly series of concerts in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Thousand Oaks with the addition of The Huntington in San Marino as a venue in September 2003. The Opening Night performance on September 22 marked the addition of this prestigious location with works by Jolivet, Penderecki, Golijov, and Beethoven and plenty of champagne toasts on the Garden Terrace overlooking the renowned Botanical Gardens. The audience seated in Friends Hall that night seemed as excited as the musicians, and each month since then, the room has grown fuller and fuller with new listeners.

Melissa Seley and Elizabeth Somils, selling tickets for the performance

Since September the ensemble's performances have filled the hall with music by composers as beloved as Bach and Beethoven, and those more contemporary and less often heard such as Taktakishvili and Korngold, as performed by world class musicians including: left handed pianist Gary Graffman, Irish violinist Catherine Leonard, pianist Warren Jones, violinist Gilles Apap and The Colors of Invention, harpsichordist Corey Jameson and pianist Joanne Pearce Martin, (principal keyboardist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic). Distinguished for artistic excellence, an innovative approach to classical music, and a repertoire that ranges from baroque to brand new, the ensemble's goal is to expose the widest possible audience to classical music while breaking down barriers about the genre.

Camerata Pacifica is proud to announce The Huntington's invitation for a second season of performances at Friends Hall. The season will begin with the October 19, 2004 performance of Winter Roses, composed by Jake Heggie specifically for the ensemble and the world's most beloved mezzo soprano, Frederica van Stade. Letters written to Von Stade by her father during World War II, a man whom she would never know, inspired the song cycle. The Friends Hall performance will follow the Winter Roses premiere in Santa Barbara on October 9, and is anticipated by music aficionados and novices alike.

The Camerata Pacifica ensemble readies itself for the performance

Jim Svejda, KUSC, recently named Camerata Pacifica, "One of the two best chamber music ensembles in the nation today", and the ensemble continues to receive rave reviews thanks to the support of Donors and Volunteers such as The Huntington Garden group: Michelle Mackel, Dick Malott, Yllka Runkle and Bea Whyld. They arrive early to each concert to help the non-profit organization by stuffing and handing out programs, ushering, taking tickets, cleaning up afterwards, and most importantly by providing support that is always warm and friendly.

As this season continues, the ensemble looks forward to performances by pianist Warren Jones and the season finale featuring Irish pianist and Tchaikovsky Competition winner Barry Douglas performing Beethoven's Hammerklavier piano sonata.

Though the program and audience members change from concert to concert, one thing remains the same--the overwhelming gratitude that is felt by everyone at Camerata Pacifica--for all the hard work done by Huntington Docents.

Melissa Seley, Marketing & Development, CAMERATA PACIFICA


Guilt is setting in as I am sitting here writing this and the fact is, I should be out deadheading in the garden. Isn't that the way of life, always guilt before pleasure!

Every day someone comes up to me with, "This has to be the best first bloom in the Rose Garden in ages." And yes, it is great, but I think we say the same thing every year. Our memory is short and every spring bloom is spectacular. That said, this is the best spring bloom in years!

The new 'Sun Flare' roses replacing the original hedge of 'Sun Flare', are just starting to settle into the garden. Up to now I have been removing the buds as they form to put more energy back into the plants, which should explain why they have not bloomed yet. I have stopped disbudding them so they should soon be in full flower.

Last year's planting of 'Brilliant Pink Iceberg' just came into bloom. The contrast of the deep pink and silver flowers against the pure white of 'Iceberg' in the triangle beds is spectacular. Maybe we will start seeing local gardeners switching to this new outstanding cultivar.

With the help of Lisa Oddone and Priscilla Wardlow we have been mapping out the rose beds. In fact we are inventorying the roses in each bed. This will allow us to generate a new rose list for our own use and eventually allow us to post the list on the website for visitors who might be searching to see what a particular rose looks like. While working at the mapping, we are also ordering new and replacement labels for the unlabeled roses. We have already turned in three orders and will hopefully have all the roses in the collection correctly identified and labeled in the near future.

One of the newer roses that might catch your attention isn't yet labeled but is planted at the top of Bed 15 North. A tall Hybrid Tea, this rose is 'Diana, Princess of Wales.' The long classically pointed buds open up to ivory white with clear pink tips. This is not the rose named for Diana available in Britain but a rose named for her here in the United States.

Diana, Princess of Wales
The McCartney Rose

I'm often asked which is the most fragrant rose in the garden. Truthfully, I have no idea but if you would like to smell a very fragrant rose then check out 'The McCartney Rose' named for the Beatle Paul McCartney by the French firm Meilland in 1991. This pink Hybrid Tea has a powerful perfume that most people agree is extremely fragrant. You will find Paul planted on the west side of Bed 13. He does have a garden label. When Paul McCartney and Heather Mills were married in 2002, she carried a bouquet of McCartney roses.

Any extra help you can give us deadheading over the next few weeks will be greatly appreciated! With the heat over the past few weeks many flowers have crisped up and are now in serious need of deadheading! Member's Day is Monday, June 7 and it would be great to try to have the garden looking neat for our Members. I will be out in the garden that afternoon and evening to answer questions and show members around the garden. There will be food served in the Rose Garden for this event.

Nearly 40 Volunteers and Docents from all Huntington disciplines attended the Shakespeare Garden Brown Bag Lunch and Learn on May 4. The program featured Priscilla Wardlow's outstanding digital photographs of the Shakespeare Garden and its plants through the seasons. It was a great learning experience and Priscilla has posted the photos on her website at until May 18.

Our next big event is the annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 15-16. We have an excellent range of rose for sale this year. We will be selling our garden aprons so drop by and be prepared to buy roses.

I want to thank everyone who has shown such dedication to the roses and garden by showing up even in this heat. I know our visitors appreciate your efforts and dedication.

Clair Martin, Curator Rose and Perennial Gardens


by Katarina Eriksson

A favorite choice both in the garden and in the kitchen, basil is one of the easiest herbs to grow. It thrives in hot weather, in full sun, and produces an abundance of foliage over a long season. There are many types of basil to grow. Listed below are many that will be in the Herb Garden this summer.

The 13th annual Pesto Festo will be Tuesday, October 26, for harvesting and Wednesday October 27, 2004 for tasting, judging, and a chance to win a prize. Participants and judges will include all Docents, Readers, Staff, and Volunteers. Bring your own scissors and baggies to harvest, and the next day everyone will taste and vote for the best Pesto. Winners and recipes will be announced.

'CINNAMON BASIL' - From Mexico. Has the aroma and taste of cinnamon. Used in unusual cuisine. Good as a vinegar, or with fruit.
'GENOVESE BASIL' - Large leaved Italian sweet basil, prized for heady, spicy fragrance and taste. Used with pasta sauces and tomato salads. One of the most popular for pesto.
'LEMON BASIL' - Intensely fragrant of lemon for green salads, tea, potpourri, or fruit salads. Compact and bushy. Good for salad vinegar, dries nicely.
'LIME BASIL' - A wonderfully lime-scented lemon basil from Thailand. Use in salads, fruit dishes or tea.
'MAMMOUTH BASIL' - Produces abundance of gigantic, thick, slightly crinkled, glossy green leaves. Sweet and spicy flavor and fragrance. Easy to cut up for culinary use. Good for pesto.
'OPAL BASIL' - Deep bronze/purple leaves, beautiful in the garden and on a dish.
'PURPLE RUFFLES BASIL' - Large, heavily ruffled, dark purple leaves make this a striking addition to the herb or flower border. Smells like cloves and licorice.
'SWEET BASIL OR ITALIAN LARGE LEAF' - Classic culinary favorite for pesto. Sweeter than Genovese, less clove-like. Large leaves that are easy to chop. This is the traditional basil used in the Naples, Italy region.
'SWEET LETTUCE LEAF' - Best for pesto. Large, thick, crinkled leaves. Mild spicy flavor.
'SWEET DANI'. This is a tall vigorous plant with light green leaves and intense lemon aroma. It has been bred for a higher content of the lemon-scented oil, citral.
'NUFAR'. A fusarium wilt, disease-resistant plant. This is a sweet Genovese type, good for pesto.
'SPICY GLOBE'. Also known as 'Greek Basil'. A very attractive bush with dense globular habit, like mini topiary balls. It has extra spicy fragrance and flavor. Ideal to be grown in pots.

The wellhead in the center of the Herb Garden

Other basils whose uses include other than cooking--(these are not traditionally used as pesto).

'THAI BASIL' - A spicy, anise scent and flavor, but the flavor is distinctively less licorice-like. Used in Vietnamese and Thai cooking.
'AFRICAN BLUE BASIL' - Perennial Basil. Strong thyme or camphor scent. Attractive, purple-streaked foliage. May be used as a year-round culinary basil. Traditionally used for a tonic medicine and may repel insects.
'SIAM QUEEN' A really outstanding Thai basil with leaves that are purple-on-reverse with purple stems. Licorice/clove scented leaves used in Vietnamese cooking: soups, rice noodles, and curries.
'HORAPHA RAU QUE' - A special culinary basil from Thailand with anise scent, used as a vegetable and in curries.
'CAMPHOR BASIL' - Perennial woody shrub grows to 3-4' tall. Grey-green, hairy leaves. From East Africa. Used as an important source of camphor oil, and also used medicinally. May repel moths in fabrics.
'EAST INDIAN', 'CLOVE' BASIL or 'TREE' BASIL - Perennial in frost-free areas. A lemon-scented shrub up to 5-8'. Strong clove scent and spicy flavor on fuzzy leaves.
'HOLY', 'TULSI' or 'SACRED BASIL' - Used as decoration around Hindu temples. Used in Thai salads and other cold dishes. Mild, nice, clove-scent. Also used in potpourris, sachets, and fragrant toiletries.

Have a jolly good time investigating all the many basils we now have available.

Katarine Eriksson, Head Gardener, Rose and Perennial Gardens

(with apologies to the Bard)

by Jane Meek and Lisa Oddone

Daffodils and the Heath Tree in bloom in the meadow

It is spring 2004 and two lovely ladies are strolling through the Shakespeare Garden. Let's listen in:

Come with me fair Juliet and let us take account of the shrubs and flowers competing with your enchanting beauty.

Oh Katharina, how you do go on...and go on if you must...but you know, you Kate are as strong and true as the English Oak.

All right Julie, enough of this flattery, let us continue you and I "upon faint primrose beds" and "see the daffodils that come before the swallow dares, and take the winds of spring with beauty." Come now, let us go "to a bank where the wild thyme blows where oxlips and the nodding violet grows." We will "make garlands of crow flowers, nettles, daisies and long purples," and then, we can while away the hours talking, laughing and gossiping like two hens.

Crabapple in bloom in the West Dell

But Kate, wait, here are more flowers and shrubs for us to see, "hot lavender and mints" heliotrope and flowering almond. Look by the pomegranate tree, is that a beautiful fuchsia in bloom just for you, and of course, me?

Calm down Julie, your innocence and spirit is matched "only to the sweet musk rose." And just remember, if Romeo says "don't sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me," you will know he loves just thee!

So be sure to come and see what is blooming. You never know whom you may run into!

Jane Meek and Lisa Oddone are Rose/Shakespeare Gardens Docent Co-chairs


By Keith McDonald

Henry Edwards Huntington was a lover of history, literature, plants and horses. How fitting it is that about the same time the current Lasker exhibit in The Huntington Library, The Nobelest Conquest, dedicated to the history of thoroughbred horses, three horseshoes have come to our attention from the grounds of The Huntington.

Brian Beavor, who found the first horsehoe, gives it to Brian Hightower from Security, who gave it to the author

These horseshoes had been discovered in the recent past at three different areas of construction activity: at the northwest corner of the existing library (the Munger site) found by construction superintendent Bryan Beavor; the nursery area of the Children's Garden site, by Botanical Volunteer Norma Lewis; and in the former stable area that once existed near the Boone Gallery, by an unnamed construction worker.

Although it is clear that the horses of Lucky Baldwin, L.J. Rose, B.D. Wilson, and J. DeBarth Shorb and others were in the surrounding area before Huntington's 1903 purchase of the San Marino Ranch, there has been no particular photographic evidence of horses at the "ranch"... until now.

From left, the Munger horseshoe, the Nursery horseshoe, and the Stable horseshoe

The photo here shows those recently found horseshoes and clearly gives credibility to William Hertrich's statement that "his boss was a lover of horses and drove a fine pair of chestnut browns to an open surrey as early as 1904." There were other horses as well. For example, there were draft horses for construction and hauling purposes, saddle horses for pleasure riding, at least one pony that pulled a small carriage, and a thoroughbred horse from a friend in Kentucky that was called a handsome gift.

Hertrich stated that, while the new Huntington home was under construction in 1908-1910, a modern horse stable and sheds for wagons and equipment of reinforced concrete were built to replace the old barns and sheds of the Shorb era. These were in addition to the stables south of Huntington Drive and the one on the El Molino Ranch, also owned by Huntington. This new stable was big enough for a dozen draft horses, several saddle horses and at least one carriage horse. This stable still exists and is located right next to The Huntington's southern boundary on Euston Road just south of the Australian Garden.

There probably has been some confusion over the years about the early use of what we know today as the Boone Gallery, formerly the garage. Some people at The Huntington still refer to that garage as the "carriage house." Huntington's late granddaughter, Harriet Doerr, said it was simply called the garage. Hertrich has described a number of cars that were kept in that garage, as well as living quarters for a full-time chauffeur-mechanic. At one time there were at least two limousines, a touring car, and a town car, all Locomobiles. Hertrich had personal use of various other cars and a motorcycle with a sidecar. Henry Huntington also owned an electric-powered car that he learned to operate himself. This was used primarily to take leisurely drives about the estate, frequently with Arabella. It just does not seem likely that there would have been room in the garage for vehicles and horses both. Hertrich also stated Mr. Huntington took a particular interest in the various transportation vehicles that included wagons, buggies and carriages. Therefore, a separate stable/barn was probably built close by.

Horses were used for various projects at the ranch. For example, during 1907-1908 some of the largest trees moved to the ranch were loaded on horse-drawn trucks. In the fall of 1908 excavation for the large basement of the new home began to the depth of twelve feet. Teams of eight horses pulling plows, scrapers and wagons moved 8,000 cubic yards of soil. In 1912 three teams of horses and wagons were used to transport George Marsh's plants, garden statuary and a Japanese house from California and Fair Oaks in Pasadena. These, of course, became the Japanese Garden at The Huntington.

In 1909 a stout team of horses and a wagon went to meet a lumber schooner at Redondo Beach to haul back the 148-foot tall Douglas fir that became the flagpole in the Shakespeare Garden. In 1913 a significant cycad purchase was made from Louis Bradbury in Duarte that required two wagons and a half dozen men to deliver this part of Huntington's prize collection for his new home.

The doors of the old stable as it stands today near Euston Road

There were other horses known to be on the ranch at various times. The architect Myron Hunt was known to ride his horse from his Pasadena office to the ranch during the early construction phase. Hertrich noted that Henry Huntington and George S. Patton, Sr. rode saddle horses at the ranch. And then George S. Patton, Jr. who would became the famous World War II general, was known to ride his pony at the ranch as a boy. This was of course before he rode the bigger "ponies" for the U.S. Calvary not long after graduating from West Point.

William Hertrich received a letter dated October 5, 1913 on the stationery of the Hotel Bristol, Paris, stating the Huntingtons "expected to arrive back at The Ranch soon after Christmas and to have the riding horses well groomed." This would have been after the 1913 lease of the Chateau Beauregard, near Versailles, and their July 16th marriage in Paris and would be Arabella's first visit to the ranch. Ultimately there were at least four horses and a pony and at least one carriage at the Chateau.

Arabella also owned horses and carriages. Her September, 1923 will clearly stated that all of her horses and carriages would be left to her son Archer. It is not clear if any of her horses and carriages were ever at the ranch. They were probably in New York. Horse loving also extended to Henry's membership in the Pasadena Polo Club.

So, it has been established that both Henry and Arabella were horse people. But what about those three horseshoes found on the grounds of the Huntington? To find out, I interviewed Marcy McLemore, the manager at the Altadena Stables; Victor Tovar, the horseshoe inspector at the Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia, who inspects the horseshoes of every horse upon its arrival at the track; and Ada Gates Patton (no relation to George), who is the owner of Harry Patton Horseshoeing Supplies in Monrovia. She is the first woman in the United States to become a licensed farrier.

The author, holding the Munger and Nursery horseshoes by the stable door

I learned that all three horseshoes were most likely from carriage horses. The horseshoe from the Munger site was handmade, possibly about 80-90 years old, and from the right front hoof. The horseshoe from the Boone Gallery area was machine made, but custom-fitted, possibly 70-90 years old, from the right hind hoof, and could have been from a thoroughbred horse. This horseshoe was also given to Dr. Robert Skotheim upon his retirement from The Huntington. When I learned of this, I contacted Dr. Skotheim who graciously volunteered to send me the horseshoe so its history could be tracked down. The horseshoe from the Children's Garden area was machine made, possibly over 100 years old, for the left hind hoof, and was bent, which indicated the horse had "removed" it itself and then threw it. This was most likely made by the Phoenix Horseshoe Company in Poughkeepsie, New York, not all that far from Henry Huntington's hometown in Oneonta, New York. Phoenix was advertised as the world's largest horseshoe company.

I think it is interesting to note that there could have been direct family knowledge of Phoenix horseshoes because of the company's proximity to Oneonta and also to the fact that both Henry's father, Solon, and uncle, Collis, were hardware merchants earlier in their lives. And, we should not forget that Henry's first two jobs were in hardware stores.

Along the Hudson River in New York the area of Poughkeepsie and Troy were truly horseshoe country. In Troy the machinery to mass-produce horseshoes and railroad spikes was invented by the world-famous Henry Burden. The fact this was horseshoe country could have hardly escaped any of the Huntington family. Henry Burden's technology was used by the Phoenix Horseshoe Company from about 1872 to 1910. The site of this company was the former mansion of the well-known Livingston family, who played an important role in early United States history. Robert R. Livingston helped write the Declaration of Independence and also administered the oath of office to George Washington for his first term. Philip Livingston was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. But, then again, Henry Huntington's ancestor Samuel Huntington was a signer also and president of the Continental Congress for two years. Facts about his ancestors and early American history were of interest to Henry and the Huntington Family. William Livingston was a signer of the U.S. Constitution.

Other more distant relations include John Jay, Alexander Hamilton and more recently, George Herbert Walker Bush. But it was Henry Livingston, Jr. who was a Major during the Revolutionary War and a writer of verses. His children and later descendants have always maintained that he was the writer of the poem that began...

'Twas the night before Christmas,
When all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring,
Not even a mouse...

Their assumption and that of others helped to further put the Livingston family mansion--and later the site of the Phoenix Horseshoe Company--truly on the map. But, alas! After much scholarly debate to this day...

There arose such a clatter......

and not from Phoenix horseshoes that, the nod for true authorship of the verse has gone to Clement Clarke Moore.

Henry Edwards Huntington, that lover of history, literature, plants, and horses, would take great satisfaction from knowing that scholars from his own Huntington Library, including Paul Zall and Sue Hodson, helped call attention to the resolution of authorship over such classic verse... and all from one rusty, thrown horseshoe most likely produced on such a historic site not too far from his hometown.

Whoa, boy!

Special thanks to:

Ada Gates Patton, Danielle Rudeen, Robert Skotheim, Jan Strugar, Priscilla
Wardlow, Bea Whyld, Paul Zall

Keith McDonald, Estate Tour and Garden Docent, Research Historian, and Member of The Huntington Speakers Bureau


by Danielle Rudeen and Bea Whyld

Vicente in the Rose Garden

Vicente Perez's career as a Gardener at The Huntington began 27 years ago when he came to work under Fred Brandt's leadership. In 1997 he transferred to the Rose Garden, replacing Lupe Gutierrez who had retired.

Vicente and his wife Elisa have been married 37 years. This union produced four sons, and now they are the proud grandparents of two grandsons and two granddaughters. These grandchildren love to come to The Huntington, especially to visit the Rose Garden.

Friday is Vicente's favorite day at The Huntington--it is both payday and the last work day of the week. However, Tuesday comes in a VERY close second favorite. This is the day the Docents and Volunteers arrive in the Rose Garden to "deadhead" spent bloom. Vicente enjoys working and laughing with all these people.

Talk to anyone who works with Vicente in deadheading and pruning, and you will get a real feel for his dedication and willingness to step in when the job is too big to be handled alone.

Three rose pruners taking an R&R break -- Bea, Vicente, and Nancy (photo courtesy of Micki Heydorff)

Vicente is particularly excited about the new beds of roses that he was involved in planting during the 2004 pruning season and is making sure these tender plants get the care and attention they need.

Vicente is very proud to be a member of The Huntington team and is particularly happy to be working with Clair and his cadre of Volunteers.

Danielle Rudeen, Botanical Adminintrative Assistant and Bea Whyld, Rose/Shakespeare Gardens Docent


by Dorothy Fansler

On April 8, 2004 a group of Rose/Shakespeare and other interested Volunteers gathered in the Johnson Volunteer Room of the Botanical Center to participate in a discussion with Huntington Scholar Paul Zall on Shakespeare's theatrical rendition of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Paul both charmed and educated the group. In essence, we learned that imagination and, finally, reason, are the themes of this Shakespearian frolic. The richness of the talk came from Paul's sharing with the group the point of view of the audiences of Shakespeare's day, as well as clarifying for us the mythology and romance of the story.

Paul felt he was well rewarded for his efforts by the numerous cookies supplied for the event. For coffee and cookies, he would be happy to share his knowledge with us any time.

Katarina Eriksson, Head Gardener, enlarged our vision of the play by bringing pansies, primroses, rue, oak leaves and other flowers mentioned in Midsummer tied with little ribbons containing the quotes concerning the flowers in the play.

At our next meeting on Thursday, May 13, at 9:30 a.m., in the small downstairs auditorium room of the Botanical Center (signs giving directions will be posted) there will be a showing of the video of The Royal Shakespeare Company's performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream. All are welcome.

Dorothy Fansler, Rose/Shakespeare Gardens Docent


At the April 12, 2004 Garden Docent/Volunteer meeting in Friends Hall, two new members of the Garden Volunteer organization were inducted into the Rose/Perennial Gardens Emeritus program.

Margaret, Clair, and Carol

Clair Martin, Curator of the Rose and Perennial Gardens, presented Carol Cook and Margaret Fulmer with their Emeritus awards. Carol and Margaret mentored the first class of Rose Docents in 1995. Since then this experiment has spawned Docents in the Camellia, Desert, and Herb Gardens.

Three docents emeriti: Margaret, Elizabeth, and Carol

While both Carol and Margaret are both at present active in Docent programs at The Huntington, it was felt that the beginning of the 10th year of Docents in the Rose Garden would be the best time to acknowledge our roots.

Following the meeting, a "no host" luncheon was held in the Herb Garden Room of the Tea Room/Rose Garden Caf Complex to honor the awardees.

Members of the Rose Garden Emeritus program now include Carol Cook, Elizabeth Donant, Margaret Fulmer, Bob Magrill, Pat Magrill; a rather exclusive group, I am sure, you will all agree.

Bea Whyld


Effective April 1, 2004 Dorothy Fansler and Myriam Hu turned over the responsibilities of co-chairing the Rose/Shakespeare Gardens Docent organization to Jane Meek, Lisa Oddone, and Priscilla Wardlow.

I would like to thank Dorothy and Myriam for their hard work in extending the Docent organization to the Shakespeare Garden. Both ladies will remain active with us.

I know the new co-chairs will have the complete cooperation of every one of us and that the organization will continue to thrive under their leadership.

Clair Martin


We are happy to announce the addition of Andy Clark to the permanent staff of Subrosa as Associate Editor. Andy, a member of the Saturday Workshop Volunteers, comes to us with a PhD in Art History and extensive experience in writing, editing and worldwide travel. He has written for Subrosa in the past and will continue to do so in the future. Andy loves plants, especially old garden roses.

Welcome aboard, Andy!

Bea Whyld


We now have so much information and reference material for Docents to use with visitors to the Rose and Shakespeare Gardens that moving it from the storage closet to the table in the Rose Garden was a problem. Lucky for us, Priscilla Wardlow has a friend with a head full of practical solutions. In the storage area, there is now a "Little Red Wagon" to move these most important reference documents to the Garden. The wagon is, of course, in a secure situation. Open the storage cabinet and written on the white board are combination numbers that will open the lock on the "Little Red Wagon". Please make absolutely certain when the wagon is returned that it is secured in this same location.


Subrosa Staff


Clair Martin


Bea Whyld

Associate Editor:

Andy Clark

Photographic Editor:

Priscilla Wardlow

Rome Reporter:

Helene Pizzi


Katarina Eriksson


Dorothy Fansler


Michelle Mackel

  Keith McDonald
  Jane Meek
  Lisa Oddone

Melissa Seley