THE ROSEBANK LETTER
No. 37 (15 May 2001) The Roses Of Dropmore: Paul Olsen of Sidney, B.C. writes the first of two instalments on the legacy of Frank Leith Skinner, one of the important early rose hybridizers of the prairies. A picture of Dr. Skinner and three of his originations is included. La Force De Mémoire: A poem by Blaine Marchand of Ottawa about the rose 'Thérèse Bugnet'. Genetics For Rose Amateurs: Robert Fleming of Grimsby, Ontario, contributes an introduction to genetics and some useful tips for getting started in rose breeding. Where Are We Going?: A discussion of the need to spray and coddle roses and practical alternatives. Precautions: Warnings are given about the danger in bonemeal and sunshine. Our Heritage Rose Gardens: Reasons are advanced as to why many of our early rose introductions have been lost, and news is given about two Canadians that are trying to recapture the lost ones and preserve them. Another Eddie Rose Found: Edward Ozog of Brantford, Ontario, advises that 'Ardelle' by Henry Eddie is available for sale in Australia. Rosebank Bound: The library of the Royal Botanical Gardens is binding its complete collection of Rosebank Letters. Monsanto Blinks: Monsanto has given up on genetically modified potatoes and will concentrate on grains. Prairie opponent objects. Remember Rennie Roses?: An update on Bruce Rennie of Elora, Ontario. Reader Response: A peek into the editor's mail, notably correspondence from Anthony James of Victoria who pointed out that blackspot was not a problem in England in 1910 because of pollution levels. A biography of Mr. James follows and an award of the Rosebank Letter's highest mark of acclaim. Bakker Seeks Cdn Rose Hybridizers: Edward Ozog forwards this info to readers. Something To Cheer: Notice of Rosebank Letter rate increases, funding received, and a link-up with Everyrose website at http://www.everyrose.com . Under the link "Articles and Essays", Trevor Inkpen will carry landmark articles that appeared in early issues of The Rosebank Letter.