Clair Martin is the Ruth B. and E. L. Shannon Jr. Curator of the Rose and Perennial Gardens at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens a position he has held since 1982.
Clair serves as founding chair of the Great Rosarians of the World annual lecture series; an endowed program founded in 2001 which focus on the women and men who have made significant contributions to our love and understanding of the rose. In 2007 the Great Rosarians program expands to New York City with the honoree speaking first on the West Coast and then in New York where the Manhattan Rose Society will host the program.
He has participated in a number of television productions over the years, including the BBC miniseries, The Quest For The Rose and the PBS production of Great Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn, and the Do-It-Yourself cable network’s show, Growing Roses.
In 1998, Clair was invited to be one of three float judges for the 1999 Tournament of Roses Parade in his hometown of Pasadena. Additionally, he’s acted as rose and floral judge to many prominent events, most notably the Las Floristas Headdress Ball held each year in Los Angeles.
Clair has written four books: English Roses for Southern California, The Book of Outdoor Gardening, 100 English Roses for the American Garden, and 100 Old Roses for the American Garden. One reviewer called Clair “the Julia Child of Roses.”