SoCal Rare Rose Auction Nov 16-17 2013
Hello fellow rose lovers --
It's that time of year again, and once again I have a favor to ask of each of you, and that is whether you could each help us spread the word about California Coastal Rose Society's upcoming Rare Rose Auction, our 13th annual event, and our major fund raiser for the year, which we will hold in Carlsbad (just north of San Diego) on Sunday, November 16th and 17th this year. Yes, you heard right : this year we are making it a two day event, in an effort to attract people who have to come from farther away and to let them know the trip will be worth their effort.
We are going to be at the Carlsbad By the Sea Resort -- a hotel that is next to LegoLand -- and we have arranged for special room rates (code is CCRS AUCTION, when booking). The first day will be seminars and talks about the roses -- by hybridizers and other experts between 1 p.m. Saturday and into the evening, with a break for dinner. Speakers include Jeri Jennings, Burling Leong, Ping Lim, Robert Martin, Cheryl Malone (from Heirloom Roses in Portland OR) and Keith Zary. The second day -- Sunday -- is the actual auction. The schedule for the speakers is on the website, here.
As before, there will also be internet bidding through our society members, who will act as proxies for long distance bidders at our live event. Internet bidding details are here.
Could you please talk up this event whenever you come across rosie people that might like a weekend in SoCal, and please direct people to our website, which is www.ccrsauction.com/. As usual (for those of you that have ever been to one of our auctions), we will have roses that can be purchased no where else on the face of the earth. This year we again have a crazy and unique collection of roses.
Some of the highlights of the roses available this year are these:
Simsalabim -- a sport of Abracadabra, with reverse striping (maroon on yellow instead of yellow on maroon).
Frankie -- a grafted plant on Fortuniana rootstock.
Dina Gee -- grafted on Fortuniana rootstock.
Pacific Celebration --grafted on Fortuniana.
Lavender Spoon -- grafted on Pink Clouds.
Most Unusual Day -- you're never going to see this for sale anywhere else -- a truly unique Ralph Moore creation. We can't strike it to save our lives, but we got a grafted plant on multiflora rootstock to sell.
Eyes For You -- a particularly pretty hulthemia that has not been released in the U.S.
Dahlia Rose -- a favorite of mine, but tough to grow and to strike -- needs TLC.
Graceland -- a ruffly yellow very floriforous hybrid tea that you will likely never see again, as none of us can get it to strike. This year we got a grafted plant on multiflora rootstock to sell.
Peggy T -- grafted on Pink Clouds -- which is one of the winningest singles in the mini field. When entered, it wins.
Super Green -- the greenest of the green-petaled roses.
Rosa Minutifolia -- a rare desert rose that goes dormant in the summer, or whenever you stop watering it.
Golden Zest -- who can resist a smelly yellow? Tends to win consistently in the fragrance classes.
Takao -- this is one of the prettiest orange and yellow roses out there, and if you spray (and spray you must as it does also like its mildew), then you will grow to love this one.
Dona Martin -- the mauvish pink sport of Randy Scott.
Tiger Tail -- orange and white striped rose
Stranger -- A mauve and white stripe from the florist trade that is otherwise not on the market.
Willie Winkie -- micro-mini that makes very cute sprays
Oui -- hard-to-get micro-mini in high demand
Here are the links to the full rose lists that will be available, and yes, we will also be doing internet bidding again this year. But be forewarned that it is much better to show up yourselves than to do it via the internet, because there is always some great rose that does not attract anyone else's attention and can be stolen quite cheap. You just have to do your research through the lists before you get there so that you recognize it when it happens.
Live Auction Rose List
Silent Auction Rose List
Anyway, it should be a great event this year, and we would like all of you to come, and to bring as many other rosie people as you can. Again, please help us get the word out. And come! The beach is great in November! The crowds are gone and you get it to yourself, almost.
This post was edited by kstrong on Sat, Oct 12, 13 at 1:23