Huntington member article on the decline of the rose hobby
There's an interesting article in the Huntington member newsletter with opinions by the new rose garden curator, Carruth.
He talks about how there are less people buying rose than there were 10 years ago and even 5 years ago, and talks about how much less varieties are being bought as well (the proliferation of Knock Out's )
"The number of field-grown roses in the US fell from 50 mill in 1990 to as low as 18 mill in 2011"
Also talked about how the housing market and the economy has perhaps effected how many people had new gardens to put roses in as well.
"my rose society has about 100 members now, in the 1950s we had 2,000"
They also talk about how many rose growers have gone bankrupt recently.
Carruth thinks that rose from the 40s-70s are particularly in danger of being lost. Apparently when he inventoried Huntington's collection he identified 121 roses he thought were "collectible" and is trying to get them into propagation. THey want to make sure the plants at Huntington don't fail and disappear and also eventually want to make them available for sale at Huntington plant sales.
They also plant to do more rose talks at Huntington to hopefully educate people and gain more rose growers.
it's roughly a 7 page article, which is unusual for the newsletter.
pardon my bad typing, I have a grabby handeded 6month old in my lap. :)