​The Chinese Influence in our Modern Roses with Gregg Lowery


Program Topic & Speaker
January 11, 2017

Designing With Roses – Stephen Scanniello  
We are honored to have Stephen Scanniello, the curator of the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the NY Botanical Garden and president of the Heritage Rose Foundation, speak to us about how to design and use roses in the landscape.  His presentation will feature the gardens of his private clients and the public gardens he has designed.
February 8, 2017

Photographing Gardens and Roses – Andy Lopusnak   
​Find out how to take pictures of gardens and roses from Andy of Mike’s Camera in Dublin.   Photographs of the rose garden at the Gardens of Heather Farm in Walnut Creek will be used to demonstrate concepts. 
March 8, 2017

Ralph Moore and Hybridizing Roses – Burling Leong  
Come and learn more about Ralph Moore, the “Father of the Miniature Rose”.  Burling had the privilege of working with Mr. Moore for many years and will recount her times with the great hybridizer.  Burling owns Burlington Rose Nursery in Visalia, CA – a wonderful mail order rose nursery.

April 12, 2017

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The Chelsea Flower Show ~ The Great Spring Show  

MDRS President Barbara Norkus
Barbara attended the Chelsea Flower Show on May 24, 2016 and has created an amazing video presentation. Come share her experience at the world's most prestigious flower show and be inspired. 

May 10, 2017

Hummingbirds – Dr. Lisa Tell 
Who doesn’t love hummingbirds?  Lisa will tell us all about these amazing birds.  She leads the Hummingbird Health and Conservation Program at UC Davis and is a master bander of hummingbirds.
June 14, 2017

The Chinese Influence in our Modern Roses – Gregg Lowery  
We are privileged to have Gregg Lowery, former owner of Vintage Gardens and current curator of the 4000 roses of the Friends of Vintage Roses, describe the importance of the Chinese hybridization efforts to our modern roses.  With over 40 years in the rose world, Gregg is an accomplished and knowledgeable speaker and writer of all things roses
September 13, 2017

Public Rose Gardens – Beverly Rose Hopper  
Beverly has long been a champion of public rose gardens, beginning with her successful effort to save the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden to her work today at the Plymouth Pioneer Heritage Rose Garden.  She will share with us her experiences with public rose gardens and offer suggestions for our own Emerald Glen garden.
October 11, 2017

Rose Identification – Judy Eitzen and Sherri Berglund   
Have you ever had or found a mystery rose – one that you did not know its name?  Judy and Sherri will describe how you can gather information about these found roses to assist with an identification.  Judy is the volunteer editor of the Sacramento Historic Rose Garden newsletter and Sherri had the wonderful B&B Nursery in Willows, CA.
November 8, 2017

Meet our Members - 
Sandee Koulter with John and Belinda Dronkers-Laureta  

Our members from the milder climate of Redwood City and Fremont will share their gardens and love of roses. 

​​Meetings start at 7:30 pm 

Dublin Library 200 Civic Plaza, Dublin

We are honored and privileged to have Gregg Lowery

speak to us this month about the  Chinese Influence

in our Modern Roses. Gregg is a world renowned

rosarian, former owner of Vintage Gardens Rose Nursery,

and current curator of the 4000 roses of The Friends of Vintage Roses (TFoVR).

TFoVR (thefriendsofvintageroses.org) is a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of their important collection of historic roses.
China has the largest concentration of wild rose species in the world and has had a long history of growing both species and hybridized roses in gardens. During the Song Dynasty (960-1279) the rose was the most treasured flower in China. Dr. Wang Guoliang, China’s leading authority on wild and old roses of China,
has found that one thousand years ago the Chinese were growing re-blooming roses.
Gregg will tell us about his experiences in China where he addressed the International Heritage Rose Conference held in Beijing in May 2016. He will speak about new understandings of old roses that have emerged with new information from China, and observations of gardens, roses and the people that he met.
Please don’t miss this very special speaker and learn more about the impact China has had on our modern roses. With over 40 years in the rose world, Gregg is an extremely accomplished and knowledgeable speaker and writer of all things roses.

​​2017 Mount Diablo Rose Society Programs