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Canadian Roses Going to Russia
by World Rose Festival 2009
March 17, 2009

March is not only about dreaming of not-so-far-off gardening days, it is also about getting out your gardening gloves to prune your roses. We have several great articles on pruning, as well as some interesting features on War, Peace and Love and on Maureen Sullivan! As well, learn about Canadian roses going to Russia.

Have you planned which rose bush would do the honors of contributing a rose to the World Rose Show yet? The Rose Schedule will soon be available - everything you need to know about rules, definitions and judging guidelines.

The World Rose Festival's doors open in only 3 months! It is a one-time indoor flower event. Buy your tickets and get planning your week of being surrounded by beautiful roses! To buy tickets, visit our online ticket sales site or one of our many partnering garden centres.

Mark your calendar now to attend the World Rose Festival 2009, from June 19 to 21 at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada!

Canadian Roses Going to Russia

In May 2008, 32 Explorer rose cultivars - some 5 varieties - were taken to Khabarovsk in the Russian Far East - a gift from the Canadian Rose Society to a sister city of Victoria's. The selection of Explorers was most appropriate in view of the rather harsh climate of the destination. Imagine ground freezing to 2-3- meters in winter, and very hot, dry summers! The planting method incorporates principles of the EarthKind protocol - a subject to be presented at the Convention.

Buy Your Tickets Online or at a Garden Centre

For your convenience, we invite you to purchase your tickets online through our website or through Tourism Vancouver's Tickets Tonight!

You can also buy your advance tickets in person at one of many fine garden centres or florists.

Art Knapp Plantland & Florist, 1300 Dominion Avenue, Port Coquitlam

Country Garden Store, 10015 Young Road North, Chilliwack

Garden Works, 8 locations in Greater Vancouver (Burnaby, North Vancouver), the Fraser Valley (Mission) and Greater Victoria (Saanich, Oak Bay, Colwood)

Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants (3380 No. 6 Road, Richmond)

Select Roses, 22771 38 Ave Langley

Southlands Nursery, 6550 Balaclava Street, Vancouver

Tanglebank Country Gardens, 29985 Balaclava Street, Vancouver

The Avant Gardener, 1460 Marine Drive, West Vancouver

Thomas Hobbs Florist by Maureen Sullivan, 2127 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver

World Rose Convention

Register for the Convention and attend the Festival

The World Rose Convention 2009 is being held from June 18 to 24, 2009 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver. More than 500 rosarians from 41 countries will come together for seven days of lectures, workshops, idea exchanges, research, garden tours and more. There are 23 prominent rose specialists from all corners of the globe speaking at the Convention on a diverse list of topics. For more information on the Convention and to register, visit

Admission to the World Rose Festival is included in the World Rose Convention registration.

Experience the Rose from the Experts

Springtime and Pruning Roses - by Brenda Viney

There's no right or wrong way to prune and we all have our own ideas of how to do it. You can follow what is laid out ahead, or, as suggested by the Royal National Rose Society in England, you can use the "easy care method" on your modern roses. This consists of cutting the roses to half their height with pruners or a hedge trimmer, leaving all weak and twiggy growth on the plant. These roses flourish just as well as those pruned in the "traditional method"! Read more...

Pruning Your Roses - by Brad Jalbert

Pruning is a way of fine tuning and controlling the growth of your rose plants. It helps to reduce diseases, keeping the plant shape attractive and also regulates blooming. Proper pruning encourages the rose to make vigorous new shoots that will support larger flowers. Since we all want our roses to be healthy and to produce abundant flowers, pruning should be a job you love and face with confidence! Read more...

As an accompaniment, Brad wrote The 4D Rule Applies to All Roses, a few few points to remember when pruning different types of roses. Read more...

The Rose: War, Love and Peace - by Terri Clark

The more I experience life, the more I am convinced of the yin and yang philosophy therein. Out of pain comes comfort, and the deepest, darkest moments of war finally yield to joy, love and peace. Who would have thought amidst this that the rose would be so deeply ingrained in the history of man, more often than not, filled with war and inevitably followed by peace. Read more...

What do Maureen Sullivan and Constance Spry have in common? - by Terri Clark

Perhaps you are too young to remember the last century's doyenne of flower arranging, Constance Spry. At the very least you will recognize her moniker thanks to the lovely pink rose named for her by the ubiquitous David Austin. Read more... Visit the Marketplace

A variety of exhibitors will be showcasing and selling the latest plants and products. Under one roof you can find just about anything about the Rose and about gardening, including plants, photography, garden accents, books, supplies, and landscape services. Visit our exhibitors' websites for more information on their products and services.

Adamson's Heritage Nursery

American Rose Society

BC Landscape & Nursery Association


Butchart Gardens

Canadian Rose Society


Forevergreen Landscaping & Weed Control

GardenWise Magazine

Garden Works (tm)

GR Distributors

Green Mountain Hammocks

Heritage Perennials

Ladybug Landscaping & Services

Lee Valley Tools

Master Gardeners Association of BC

Pan American Nursery Products Inc.

Phoenix Perennials

Select Roses

The Flower Frog

Vancouver Rose Society

Winged Weeder @ Klipper Distributing

Zeller and Sons


Enjoy the Festival Display Gardens

Exquisite feature display gardens will welcome you to the Festival. Roses will be creatively reflected in these gardens composed by Vancouver's premier landscape designers, gardeners, breeders, nursery owners and rosarians.

Adamson's Heritage Nursery


Heritage Perennials

Pan American Nursery Products Inc.

Phoenix Perennials


Plan to Exhibit Your Roses

Anyone can enter Anyone who grows roses can enter the World Rose Convention Rose Show Competition, taking place during the World Rose Festival! There will be many different classes to enter.

Are you a novice to Rose Shows. Read up on:

terminology judging, and how to get ready for the big day! Remember - Bringing roses and goods into Canada is easy! Visit Crossing Borders to learn more.

Follow the Festival on Twitter, Blog, Facebook by Brad Jalbert

Brad Jalbert is linked in.. to Facebook, Twigger and Blogs. Brad is a rose breeder who is passionate about roses. His writings and ramblings are all about growing roses in the BC region, plus interesting things about roses around the world, including the World Rose Festival. Check him out today!

Volunteer at the World Rose Festival

Why not plan your volunteer shifts around a lecture or demonstration you'd like to see? Organize a group from work or from a social club. Scheduling is flexible - morning, afternoon or evening shifts are available.

Visit for more information. To register online to volunteer, click here. Festival Sponsors

Without the support of our sponsors, the World Rose Festival would not be a reality! Special thanks to:

Select Roses is a farm-style nursery/greenhouse specializing in the hybridizing and growing of beautiful garden roses. Our nursery, located in South Langley, is as unique and special as the roses we sell. We pride ourselves in offering fellow gardeners the finest in selection and quality of rose bushes in Western Canada.

B.C.'s fastest-growing gardening magazine, Garden Wise is a quality, full-colour publication covering every imaginable topic of interest to local gardeners, including plant and garden profiles, trends, advice on sustainable growing and how-to ideas. Featuring stories and columns by many of Canada's top gardening experts, GardenWise offers B.C. home gardeners an inspiring read plus loads of useful tips in every issue.

Global BC offers a programming mix of entertainment programs, news and sports that is enjoyed by all! Global consistently scores many of the top ten programs in Canada, with major ratings hits. Global National, the network's early-evening newscast, is Canada's most-watched news program with almost a million viewers every weekday. The Rose Festival will benefit from Global's local news program, especially as it is the dominant local news organization in British Columbia.

Friends of the Festival

Proudly endorsed by BC's green industry!

The World Rose Festival is pleased to have the support of the BC Landscape & Nursery Association (BCLNA), which strives to promote skilled landscape professionals and quality garden centres and nurseries to the benefit of BC's gardeners and the public.

Mark your calendar now to attend the World Rose Festival 2009, from June 19 to 21 at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada!

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"Beauty without virtue is like a rose without scent."

The World Rose Festival is brought to you by the Vancouver Rose Society in collaboration with the World Federation of Rose Societies, the Canadian Rose Society and the American Rose Society.

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