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

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

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  3. Such a pretty color! Very beautiful =)

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