Native Rosa spinosissima variants were popular in Britain and Nordic countries from the 17th century till about 1840 but luckily Scottish and Nordic immigrants to North America carried these iconic Scots Roses with them.
The Noel Pritchard Memorial Lecture
Peter Boyd will give this lecture on Thursday 11 May 2017 from 19:30 to 20:30 in the Zoology Lecture Theatre, Biological and Environmental Sciences Building (previously Zoology Building), Tillydrone Avenue, Aberdeen AB24 2TZ map.
The first 'coloured' variant of the native Rosa spinosissima was found in Scotland in the 17th century. By the early 19th century, hundreds of single, semi-double and double 'Scots Roses' had been raised in a wide range of colours.
These charming roses becameparticularly popular in Britain and Nordic countries but went out of fashion by about 1840. However, iconic Scots Roses were carried across the world by Scottish and Nordic immigrants to North America, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere.
Their international heritage is now being re-discovered, but surviving old Scots Rose cultivars, and the habitats of wild Rosa spinosissima are under threat.
Noel Pritchard was curator of the Cruickshank Botanic Garden from 1964 to 1985 and a fund was set up after his death in 2004 to support this annual memorial lecture.
This event will be hosted by: Peter Boyd.
Everyone welcome! FREE to Friends of the Cruickshank Botanic Garden. Non-members -donation at the door. Refreshments available in the foyer after the lecture at approximately 9pm.