>Marilyn Wellan – In Focus


We recently purchased a few “exhibition” hybrid tea roses for our garden. Not that I am a huge gung ho competitive person who just has to make the court of honor at every show, but I would like an opportunity to demonstrate that an amateur like myself can produce award winning blooms. It is important to me that people know that you do not have to be a professional gardener to have a garden of marvelous roses!
The Mariln Wellan hybrid tea is an exceptional rose. It is a cross of two other exhibition roses; “Veterans Honor” and “Hot Princess”. The official coloring of this rose is a “medium red”, I have seen it look more pink in cooler weather and a little more red in the warmer weather.

This rose is the namesake of a past President of the American Rose Society. Quoting from Carolyn Parker’s “Rosenotes” web site:

“Marilyn Wellan is the immediate Past President of the American Rose Society. She is only the second woman to serve in that position in the 116-year history of the organization. Among her many accomplishments, she helped bring the ARS and the Heritage Rose groups together to jointly embrace the mission of the protection, preservation and promotion of heritage roses. She lives and gardens in Louisiana and has the distinct honor of being the namesake of a spectacular rose.”

I am excited to have rose in my garden and look forward to watching it grow and show in the years to come.

About Chris VanCleave - America's Favorite Rose Gardener

Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at About.com and on his popular website; RedneckRosarian.com, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
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3 Responses to >Marilyn Wellan – In Focus

  1. debsgarden says:

    >I am sure Mailyn Wellan is very pleased to have a rose named in her honor, and what a beauty it is. I am sure your new roses will do well under you expert care.


  2. Jeff Branch says:

    >That last photo is awesome.


  3. Love the history share behind the name of this rose what a wonderful tribute to here and the rose!


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