Wednesday, February 4, 2015

SHSU Botanical Study: What’s in a name? The Sam Houston Rose


If you happen to be strolling by or visiting the Sam Houston Museum Walker Education Center; take a closer look at the dozen plants that make up a 3-4' high hedge of 3" semi-double pale pink colored roses. Those roses are named, the Sam Houston Rose. 
Hedge at Walker Education Center

Closer View of "Sam Houston" rose

Being a curious rose lover that I am, I began an investigation into this species of heirloom rose. My first clue was that they were heirloom roses.  In this area of Texas, if you want to know something about heirloom roses, The Antique Rose Emporium located in Independence Texas right down the road from the Baptist church where Sam Houston was baptized, is a logical place to start.

I spoke with Mr. Mike Shoup, the owner of the Rose Emporium. He told me that the SHSU Bicentennial Committee contacted him in 1992, with the intentions of finding a rose variety to plant in the newly created Bicentennial garden located in the ruins of Old Main. 

Later, groundskeepers discovered the Bicentennial garden was too shady for the roses to thrive, therefore they had to be removed. 

Old Main Ruins
"Bicentennial Garden" location

Garden located next to large Mescal Tree

Shoup invited and welcomed, Dr. Barry Bequette and Mr. Frank Krystyniak to The Emporium. During that particular visit in the spring of 1992, they decided that a seedling of the "Katy Road Pink," also known as "Carefree Beauty" would donate the maternal genes known to produce profuse blooming in the fall as well as the spring, and the paternal genes from the "Mrs. Oakley Fisher" because of its' yellow orange colorations. 

This rose would be unique because of its blend of traits: the yellow coloration representing the Yellow Rose of Texas, and the orange coloration representing the orange colors of the University. The rose was so important it was patented by Sam Houston State University.

Until Next Time.




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