It was in 1929 that Alister Clark, renowned Australian rosarian, named this rose after his own Mary Guthrie, though what relationship Clark had with the Guthrie family is proving difficult to uncover. There’s a telling anecdote from a book titled The Rose Gardens of Australia that illustrates just how important the honor was to the namesake, which I’ve included below.
In the Spirit Happy Friday, everyone! In the spirit (no pun intended) of Halloween, have some jack o’ lantern orange to mark the first weekend of 2012′s Haunted Pumpkin Garden. Dahlia ‘David Howard’ — Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen