Common Name: ’Macdub’, Dublin Bay rose
It was hybridized in 1975 in New Zealand by a well-known rose breeder, Sam McGredy, who had emigrated from Northern Ireland. He named some of his roses after the beautiful bays of Ireland. A video from 2009 shows him talking about this rose.
Common name: Great mullein or common mullein (pronounced 'mullen'), cowboy toilet paper
Verbascum thapsus is a biennial plant that occasionally self-sows in our garden, especially in the area around the rose garden. It is not in the accession book and is actively being weeded out by the gardeners.
Rosa 'Thérèse Bugnet' was hybridized in Alberta in the 1940s by a French immigrant, Georges Bugnet (pronounced 'boon-yay'). He was a published novelist and poet (one of his books is in the Vancouver Public Library) who homesteaded north of Edmonton and also became a well-known plant breeder. He named this rose after his sister, but also bred other roses that he named after other women in his life. 'Thèrèse' is a hybrid rugosa shrub rose, very fragrant and very hardy. It blooms in June. In the winter, the dark red stems with white thorns make a dramatic statement.
There are several plants in the garden, but the biggest specimen is a fairly large shrub growing above the rock retaining wall between the Formal Rose Garden and the Black Garden in bed 55. It was planted in 1989.
Photos by Tresa Horney
Rosa 'Ghislaine de Féligonde' is a rambling rose that grows over the metal arched trellis at the entrance to the Formal Rose Garden. Its lightly-scented flowers bloom sporadically throughout the summer. The original cutting was donated to the Garden in 2004 by Christine Allen, Killara Farm Roses. She had imported a bare-root R. 'Ghislaine de Féligonde' from Peter Beales Nursery in England and thinks it was the first one in Western Canada. She also shared cuttings with other local growers, and the rose is now easier to find.
R. 'Ghislaine de Féligonde' was released in 1916 by Eugène Turbat, who owned a nursery near Orléans, France. In 2016, the nursery was still owned by the Turbat family, and they held a centennial birthday party for the rose [link is in French].
Most sources state that the rose was named after a French nurse who crossed enemy lines in World War I to rescue her wounded husband, the count de Féligonde. The count was indeed seriously wounded, but his wife's name was Odette. It turns out that the rose was named after de Féligonde's two-year-old daughter, Ghislaine [link is in French]. Later she married a French aviator who was injured during WWII, and the two stories may have gotten confused.