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Canadian Explorer Roses

This series was developed in the 1960s through 1990s in Canada, first at the Ottawa research station and latter from the
research station in l'Assomption PQ.  They were bred to withstand cold northern winters, with most from rugosa or Kordesii parents (latter bred in Germany in the late 1940s), and featuring many reds.  They were named after famous, and not so famous, Canadian explorers.  How well do you know the following selections from this series of 22 or so, and these Canadians?  Match the name with the description.  Answers are at the bottom.


1. 1983, long cane/climber, deep pink, double, fragrant, to 10' canes, consistent blooms; this British arctic explorer was sent to find the Northwest Passage in expeditions in 1615-16 a. Adelaide Hoodless
2. 1981, shrub, dark red, semidouble, 4', fragrant; French explorer primarily of "New France" (now Quebec area) in early 1600s, large inland lake named after him b. William Baffin
3. 1973, shrub, medium red, semidouble, 3-4'; this woman was a visionary social reformer during the Victorian period and early 1900s, establishing many women's organizations c. Henry Kelsey
4. 1981, long cane/climber, medium red, semidouble, fragrant, repeats well, disease resistant; he was the first inland explorer for the Hudson's Bay Company in the late 1600's d. J.P. Connell
5. 1992, shrub, dark pink, double, fragrant, 3-4', repeats well, disease resistant; this Comte from France was in the 1600's one of the key figures in French expansion in the Americas e. Martin Frobisher
6. 1979, rugosa, deep pink, double, fragrant, continuous bloom, 4'; he was a famous fur trader, explorer, and geographer in the late 1700s and early 1800s f. Frontenac
7. 1994, shrub, medium red, double, repeats well, 3', disease resistant; this Englishman of the late 1700s explored the coasts of British Columbia proving there was no Northwest Passage g.Henry Hudson
8. 1976, rugosa, white, double, very fragrant, 2'; this English explorer made several attempts in the early 1600s to find a Northwest Passage, exploring the river and bay named for him h. George Vancouver
9. 1987, shrub, light yellow, double, fragrant, nearly thornless, 4'; oddly, the only yellow in the series is named for the only non-explorer in the series, a senior public servant i. Champlain
10. 1968, rugosa, light pink, semidouble, fragrant, repeats well, 5'; one of the top English explorers of the Elizabethan age, in the late 1500s he tried 3 times to find the Northwest Passage j. David Thompson

1. b.William Baffin
2. i. Champlain
3. a. Adelaide Hoodless
4. c. Henry Kelsey
5. f. Frontenac
6. j. David Thompson
7. h. George Vancouver
8. g. Henry Hudson
9. d. J.P. Connell
10. e. Sir Martin Frobisher

You can read more on roses in general including other classes, at my online PSS123 course notes.

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