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At the celebration of her election to the Wall of Fame, El Cerrito, California, 2008, Miriam Wilkins stands with fellow heritage rose enthusiast Gregg Lowery, proprietor of Vintage Gardens Antique & Extraordinary Roses. Photograph by Joyce Brahms

Two sentences changed the rose world in January 1974. A short ad in the American Rose Society magazine started a movement that is still gaining momentum:
Those who love old roses are asked to write to M Wilkins, 925 Galvin Drive, El Cerrito, CA 94530. Objective: share information, unobtainable varieties, and enthusiasm.
Miriam Wilkins wrote those lines, having grown tired reading about nothing but the new roses, especially those without any fragrance or individual grace. Miriam is still a resident at that address, and still promoting the cause of old roses. The city where she has spent most of her life honored her recently for her dedication. Her photo and her work are now recorded in the city’s Wall of Fame.

Rosa ‘Charles de Mills’ (syn. ‘Bizarre Triomphant’), a Gallica rose from 1746. Author’s ph...


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