The Village Garden Club of La Jolla
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This Month's Meeting:
MAY 24, 2018
“The Rose Collection at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens”
Tom Carruth, Curator of the Rose Collection at the Huntington Library and Gardens, is known as “King of the Roses.” He has created more All- American Roses than any other living hybridizer.
At age 10 he announced to his parents that he wanted to pursue a career in flowers. That was not received well received by his family in the small Panhandle town of Tampa, Texas, where Carruth spent the first 15 years of his life. When he agreed to sell seeds for Burpee on commission one summer to earn spending money, he became enraptured with roses.
At age 16 he moved to Dallas and took biology in high school. When his teacher lectured on genetics and mentioned plant breeders, Carruth says, “I knew I was on my way.”
He achieved an advanced degree in plant breeding and landed a job in California at the mighty Jackson and Perkins, an American company known for the cultivation of the 'World's Finest Roses.'
In 1989, Tom was offered a position with Weeks Roses, which had the potential for him to achieve his lifelong dream – to head a research team to develop new garden roses. In 2012, he moved to the Huntington Gardens where he has been ever since.
Tom has hybridized more than 100 roses. It takes 10 years to create a newly hybridized rose!
Club Happenings and Information
Valet Service to Continue
The guided valet parking at the well-attended March meeting was a considerable improvement, so we have decided to continue with this valet service for all our future club meetings, both this year and next.
The valet system is one of guided self-parking, whereby cars are assisted in parking closer and straight, rather than diagonally. In this way there is room for many more cars.
The valet parking service will begin at 7:30 am. Enter the parking lot on Golden Haven Drive, proceed straight back to the parking structure, and valets in the parking structure will direct you to a parking spot.
The advantage of this system is that you do not hand over your keys, and will not have to queue up on leaving.
However, we recognize that the parking structure cannot hold everyone. Street parking and carpooling will still be needed. If you are able to carpool – that would be very helpful.