Best of Birmingham – Coretta Scott King Rose – Birmingham Botanical Gardens

'Coretta Scott King' Grandiflora Rose - Weeks Roses
‘Coretta Scott King’ Grandiflora Rose – Weeks Roses – Christian Bedard, Hybridizer

If there was any rose I was excited to see arrive in my garden this year it was the rose named for civil rights leader Coretta Scott King.  This beautiful new grandiflora rose from Weeks Roses actually makes it’s official debut in 2014 but I had the honor of growing two shrubs this year.  Week describes the rose as follows:

“Elegant long buds of cream begin to ‘frost’ with blushes of corally orange as they spiral open. But this one doesn’t melt in your hands, it holds on to the plant for a great display of color and flower power…big clusters held high for all to see. Very good disease resistance means her ‘wrapper’ of green stays handsome in the garden for a full season of scrumptiousness.”

As President of the Birmingham Rose Society for 2013, I had the privilege earlier this year of organizing a dedication ceremony at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and through a generous donation by Weeks roses, was able to secure twenty shrubs of this rose that were planted in the Dunn Formal rose garden for the entire city to enjoy.

Pictured L to R: Fred Spicer, Executive Director of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Mayor William Bell, Dr. Michael Wesley, Sr. and myself
Pictured L to R:
Fred Spicer, Executive Director of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens,  Mayor William Bell,
Dr. Michael Wesley, Sr. and myself

You can see a sign posted in the bed of roses that reads:

“The roses planted here are dedicated in honor of the 50 Years Forward commemoration and to all those who struggle for freedom”

The 50 Years Forward commemoration is a year long look back at the civil rights movement in Birmingham. I want to encourage you to check out their website http://50yearsforward.com/ . If you live in Birmingham, be sure to visit the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and check out the beautiful roses on display.

This rose is a somewhat vigorous grower in our garden and has produced some beautiful blooms this summer. I cannot wait to see how it performs next year.

About these ads

About Redneck Rosarian

For Chris VanCleave aka "The Redneck Rosarian", growing roses has become a passion. An American Rose Society Accredited Consulting Rosarian, Chris is an active member of the Birmingham Rose Society and most recently served two terms as President. He is a member of the American Rose Society serving on the Marketing and Membership committees. His writing appears at About.com, on his popular blog, RedneckRosarian.com where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. Creator and host of Rose Chat Radio, the only broadcast dedicated to growing roses, Chris is a tireless advocate of our national floral emblem; the rose. He and his wife tend a rose garden of over 150 roses just south of Birmingham, Alabama.
This entry was posted in Coretta Scott King, Rose Society and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to Best of Birmingham – Coretta Scott King Rose – Birmingham Botanical Gardens

  1. Pingback: Best of Birmingham - Coretta Scott King Rose - ...

  2. What a breathtaking image; makes it easy to explain by the rose has such a special place in the heart of every gardner.

    Like this

  3. Such a pretty color! Very beautiful =)

    Like this

I Appreciate Your Comments

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s