This past Wednesday I met up with my friend Syl Arena at the International Rose Trials located in Rose Hills Rose Garden in Whittier, Calif. We are both on the permanent panel and were not able to join our fellow judges for the first scoring of this year’s batch of roses. The International Rose Trial is a two year program and this year’s crop is nearly 60 new cultivars from breeders from around the country and abroad.
I noticed several themes in this year’s crop: more Shrubs than Hybrid Tea roses, and a significant increase in the number of tan or coffee colored roses. The increase in the Shrub class entrants reflects the decline in popularity of Hybrid Teas and the rebounding popularity of disease resistant shrub roses for the landscape. It will take some time to see if the new coffee color roses gain more than just novelty status.
Syl is an outstanding horticultural photographer who has an eye for roses. As part of the celebrations around The Huntington Rose Garden Centennial this year Syl will be presenting a Digital Rose Photography Workshop at The Huntington on Sunday, May 18th.
Workshop participants will spend two hours learning to develop their photographic skills and are encouraged to pre-submit up to five samples photos for in class review and comments. After the classroom session Syl will be available for an hour in the rose garden to help participants hone their skills.
The workshop is limited to thirty participants and is filling rapidly. To register email Clair Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 626.405.3507. Registration fee is $25.00 for Huntington members and $30.00 for non-members. Entrance to the grounds is free to members, non-members will have to pay the additional entrance fee.
Syl has put together an information sheet on the class which you can view by clicking on this Link.
If we reach the class limit (and it now looks possible) we will open up a second session for that morning. I will inform registered participants as soon as we reach that number and they can then chose either the morning or afternoon session.
Digital cameras have opened up a whole new world of enjoyment for gardeners allowing us to record and instantly share our gardens and love of The Queen of Flowers with our friends and the world.