By guest writer Patrick White
In May of last year, 32 Explorer rose cultivars - some 5 varieties - were taken to Khabarovsk in the Russian Far East - a gift from the CRS to a sister city of Victoria. The selection of Explorers was most appropriate in view of the rather harsh climate of the destination. Imagine ground freezing to 2-3- meters in winter, and very hot, dry summers.
What has this to do with the WFRS meeting in Vancouver?
The hybridiser of the these Explorers, Dr Felicitas Svedja, will be a featured speaker at the plenary sessions. And Alexander Ukulov, President of the Russian Rose Society who translated into Russian the instructions for the planting of these roses is also a featured speaker at the convention. Further to this, the planting method incorporates principles of the EarthKind protocol - a subject to be presented in the Vancouver sessions.
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