“Chante has stolen my heart in many ways, and her love for roses is infectious. Together we have created our rose paradise in the heart of the Great Karoo – in commemoration of her 50th birthday, we give her her very own, dark red and fragrant
hybrid tea rose to fl ower in our gardens and in the hearts of those who love her. May this “Scent of a Woman” be with you, for always…!!”
An elegantly shaped, fragrant Hybrid Tea that is of a red colouring. It easily grows to shoudler height and produces blooms in abundance, prefect for picking and bringing fragrance into the home.Plant Height: Shoulder HeightColours: Red Uses: Bedding, Cut-flowers, Exhibition, New
Curro Hazeldean celebrates a rosy decade
November 2017: Curro Hazeldean celebrated its milestone tenth anniversary with the launch of a special signature rose, reflecting the values that distinguish the school as an extraordinary place of learning.
Dr Hennie Rheeders, Curro Hazeldean’s former respected executive head and now phase head of Curro Curriculum Management and Delivery (CCMD), explains that the school wanted to do something out of the ordinary to mark its first decade of success. “We needed something extra special and unique to reflect our extra special nature,” he comments.
After extensive brainstorming, the school’s team came up with the idea of cultivating the Curro Rose. “The idea resonated with us because roses are associated with the superior. Their beauty makes them outshine all other flowers, while offering the promise of hope and growth.”
The Hazeldean team consulted rose expert Ludwig Taschner of Ludwig’s Roses, who advised on a vermilion (brilliant red colour) rose as an emblem of the school’s commitment, determination and success. “Red makes a statement – just as Curro has done since its establishment 20 years ago. Red is a warm colour that speaks of passion.” In the same way, Curro learners have an immediate impression of warmth as soon as they enter their school, and their lives are touched indelibly by their teachers’ passion for shaping young lives. “Red is also associated with speed and power – think of a red sports car, for example. We like to think that Curro shares the same attributes,” Rheeders comments.
Taschner of Ludwig’s Roses notes that the Curro Rose adopted by Curro Hazeldean was developed by an amateur rose breeder from the United States, and has been growing at Ludwig’s Roses for five years. “It shares many common traits with Curro, including the values the school strives to instil in learners: “it is neat, resilient, adaptable, and achieves excellent results through a process of nurture and discipline,” he adds.
The rose was unveiled by the CEO of Ludwig’s Roses, Halmar Taschner at a dinner hosted at Curro Hazeldean held on 3 November to salute the school’s tenth anniversary. Curro Holdings’ Regional Head, Anthony Edwards was in attendance while popular musician Matthew Mole got feet tapping.
Alongside marking Curro Hazeldean’s tenth anniversary, the signature flower forms part of an overarching milestone too, as the Curro group is set to celebrate their twentieth anniversary next year. “The fact that we’ve been making quality independent education accessible to South African children for 20 years next year, is a truly momentous landmark,” Rheeders comments. “Roses are the ultimate anniversary gift – which is why we believe developing a Curro hybrid is one of the very best ways to celebrate this significant occasion,” he concludes.
Curro Holdings is a JSE-listed independent-school operator aiming to make independent-school education accessible to more learners throughout South Africa. Through its values, Curro creates a balanced educational arena in which many extramural activities such as sport and culture can be enjoyed by learners while not losing sight of the core essence of a typical school, namely successful learning. Local independent schools within the Curro group include Curro, Curro Academy, Meridian, Select schools and Curro Castles. In 2015, Curro expanded its footprint beyond South Africa’s borders by acquiring a 1 500-learner campus in Namibia. For more information visit www.curro.co.zaPlant Height: Shoulder HeightColours: Vermillion Uses: Cut-flowers, Exhibition, New
A typical cluster flowering floribunda that grows to between hip and chest height. The stems are clothed with glossy bronze leaves in their young stage. They mature to a deep green as the flowering buds are formed. The semi double blooms are of a bright vermilion orange that takes on an interesting brown tone as they mature. The golden yellow stamens are prominently showed off as the petals of the opening blooms unfold.Plant Height: Hip HeightColours: Brown , Orange , Vermillion Uses: Bedding, New
Gloria was the lucky winner of the name your own rose competition held during our 2017 rose festival. Vivienne Black who entered the competition chose to honour Gloria by presenting her with the prize.
A very vigorous tall and upright growing bush that produces superb, exhibition shaped blooms of an exquisite colour melange of shades of orange and cream on long, pickable stems.
Large, deeply cupped flowers. A beautiful pink, many petalled, gracefully nodding blooms. Delicious, warm Old Rose fragrance. Tough and healthy.Plant Height: Above Head HeightColours: Pink Uses: New
A living tribute and lasting legacy to Lee Odendaal; a wonderful wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. She will always be remembered for her enduring strength, bright smile and pure loving heart.
White roses in themselves are special, and this one even more so! The shoots on this rose stretch to form long, strong stems; and the buds are long and elegant. As the sepals unfold they reveal a creamy green colouring.
When the large petals start to open the serene white with an ever so slight overtone of vanilla is revealed. They are densely arranged and the centre remains full. The open bloom matures into layer upon layer of perfect star-shaped petals.
A great number of small, but shapely blooms of a dazzling colour appear on a neat compact bush which is clothed with glossy leaves. The extremely stiff petals show off the blend of bright orange red with apricot cream. The colour holds well in all weather conditions. They perform well when grown in large pots as borders, edgings and in formal rose beds.Plant Height: Hip HeightColours: Apricot , Bright orange , Cream Uses: Bedding, Cut-flowers, Exhibition, Exhibition Cluster, New
Celebrating the arrival of my first granddaughter: Lumina Visser. I have chosen this spectacular, white, luminescent rose to bloom brightly for her lifetime ahead and in the gardens of those who cherish her. Susina
Even the way the sepals unwrap and stand proud when they reveal the tight cream, yellow-green, onion dome shaped bud, is elegant. Once the bud unfolds, it is almost as if it expands in size and the sheer fullness of the deep cup shaped bloom begins to be revealed. The frilled outer petals retain their green tinge, whereas the inner petals are of an unblemished white with a touch of ivory fl owing towards the centre. The blooms are long lasting and excellent as cut fl owers for the vase even if they appear in candelabras. Truly a bloom that is absolutely harmonised in colour, shape, petal count and appearance. It comes very close to perfection.They appear singly and in candelabras.Plant Height: Hip HeightColours: Cream , Green , White , Yellow Uses: Cut-flowers, New
Celebrating the arrival of my fi rst granddaughter: Lumina Visser. I have chosen this spectacular, white, luminescent rose to bloom brightly for her lifetime ahead and in the gardens of those who cherish her. Susina
Even the way the sepals unwrap and stand proud when they reveal the tight cream, yellow-green, onion dome shaped bud, is elegant. Once the bud unfolds, it is almost as if it expands in size and the sheer fullness of the deep cup shaped bloom begins to be revealed. The frilled outer petals retain their green tinge, whereas the inner petals are of an unblemished white with a touch of ivory fl owing towards the centre. The blooms are long lasting and excellent as cut fl owers for the vase even if they appear in candelabras. Truly a bloom that is absolutely harmonised in colour, shape, petal count and appearance. It comes very close to perfection.They appear singly and in candelabras.Plant Height: Hip HeightColours: Cream , Green , Ivory , White , Yellow Uses: Cut-flowers, New
Centenary rose for Nelson Mandela – 08 February 2018
A fiery orange rose named in honour of Nelson Mandela, this week launched the Centenary celebrations of the birth of South Africa’s most revered statesman.
Archbishop emeritus, Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah, Gauteng premier David Makhura, writer Mandla Langa, and struggle stalwart Gertrude Shope, were among the guests of honour at the event organised by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Houghton.
In a powerful speech, premier Makhura said it was fitting that a rose, which is the symbol of love, should be named for Nelson Mandela, whose life was about love for humanity.
In referring to Mandela’s unique ability to see opportunities where others saw problems, Makhura said, “He saw roses where others saw thorns.”
Despite the present uncertainty and anxiety, he said the centenary celebrations were a sign of renewed hope, and an opportunity to return to the path of Mandela, that of justice and equality for millions of people, adding that there could be no better gift to Mandela than a return to ethical leadership that was accountable, and that served the people and not themselves.
Sello Hatang, CEO of the Foundation, said the story of the Nelson Mandela™ rose was one of resilience, going back to 2000 when veteran horticulturist Keith Kirsten and Achmat Dangor, from the Nelson Mandela Foundation, first discussed naming a rose for Nelson Mandela.
It was put on hold in 2001 until three years ago when the Foundation contacted Kirsten to proceed with the project. He travelled the world looking for the rose and put together a collection of possible roses for consideration by a panel, including Graca Machel.
The rose that they chose, like the man after whom it is named, grows strongly, is tall (reaching head height), and matures into a stately floribunda bush, covered by shiny, dark green, foliage.
Like Madiba’s shirts, that were flowery, loose-fitting and informal, this rose eschews the classical, formal rose shape for semi-double blooms that are carried in profusion on the bush.
It is a disease-resistant garden stalwart, that can stand proudly on its own as a focal point in a garden or can be planted as a screen for a wall or fence.
South Africa’s largest rose grower, Ludwig’s Roses, have grown the first roses and in the months ahead more growers will become involved with the aim of introducing the rose world-wide.
Speaking at the launch Kirsten said that proceeds from the sale would be donated by him to the Nelson Mandela Foundation which is a facilitator of Nelson Mandela’s living legacy; and is mandated to promote his lifelong vision of freedom and equality for all.
For Kirsten, this week’s naming comes 28 years after he first met Mandela, when they were planting trees in Alexandra for Arbor Day. He subsequently helped Mandela establish roses in his first garden in 13th avenue, Houghton.
President of the South African Nursery Association, Tanya Visser spoke about the healing power of gardening, a sentiment echoed by Foundation CEO Sello Hatang who said that Nelson Mandela’s appreciation for gardening was linked to a wider desire to nurture nature.
“His rose reminds us that we are because of others.’
Although he did not speak, Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu, was nevertheless at the centre of the celebrations and even got up to dance to the songs sung by the choir, Imilonji. Premier Makhura paid tribute to this great man by referring to him as ‘our moral compass, and spiritual leader, who remains our guiding light’.
The Nelson Mandela ™ rose joins a gallery of roses named after eminent South Africans including that of Archbishop Desmond Tutu (a full, deep red rose), Walter Sisulu (a large red shrub rose) and Albertina Sisulu (a fragrant creamy-white shrub rose) and Dikgang Moseneke (deep red rose).
Rose plants will be available from May 2018.Plant Height: Shoulder HeightColours: Orange Uses: Cut-flowers, Exhibition Cluster, New