Michel Trudeau Memorial Rose raises money for avalanche awareness
A chance seedling, found at Betsy and Robin Dening’s own Brentwood Bay Nurseries, sparked immediate interest.
Betsy decided that this rose should carry her nephew’s name, and that its sale should benefit avalanche awareness. The son of the late Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Michel perished in an avalanche while skiing in BC's Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park in 1998.
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Since the Michel Trudeau Memorial Rose™ was released through garden centres this past spring, support has been strong. Purchases through the rose’s licensed grower, Adamson’s Heritage Nursery Ltd., have generated $2,150 for the Canadian Avalanche Foundation (CAF) in just the first season.
“We will continue to promote this rose to gardeners through their favourite garden centres,” said Ken Knechtel, Adamson’s Sales Manager.
“The money gardeners can raise by buying or gifting this rose to their friends will have a significant and ongoing effect on the work that the CAF is able to do to protect skiers, snowboarders, and sledders. But besides that, the rose has great value in the landscape—it’s a really terrific plant.”
Trudeau rose of the Rugosa variety
The intensely-scented blooms (rich, deep pink) are splashed with snow white, and its blazing plum-red autumn foliage colour is unique among roses. Its large, eye-catching red hips attract birds to the winter garden.
Although the parentage is unknown, it was identified as a unique Rugosa rose, and has proven to be extremely winter hardy. The rose is ideal for home gardens, boulevards, parks, and community landscaping.
Check with your local nursery or garden centre to purchase the Michel Trudeau Memorial Rosebush.
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