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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Lillian Moore Rose, PPIE's award winning rose

From the clues below,
I hand-colored
Lillian Moore,
The Panama-Pacific International Exposition held many horticultural contests. One contest was for a rose with an award of $1000 which by some calculations would be about $24,000 today, nothing to sneeze at.

In the American Florist in 1912, there is a small note that George Roeding announced a $1000 prize for a rose contest for PPIE:
San Francisco Calif - Geo. C. Roeding, chief of the department of horticulture of the Panama Pacific International Exposition, has been authorized to make the announcement that a prize of $1,000 will be offered for a new rose to be named in honor of the exposition.

In Volume 4 of The Story of the Exposition,  Frank Morton Todd reported the results of the rose contest.

The International Rose Contest excited much interest by reason of the $1,000 prize offered. Entries of many new seedling roses, hitherto unexhibited, were made by Hugh Dickson, Ltd., of Belfast, Ireland; S. Bide and Son, Ltd., of Farnham, England; Dobbie & Son of Edinburgh, Scotland; E. Pernet-Ducher of Lyons, France; Peter Lambert of Trier, Germany; E. G. Hill of Richmond, Indiana; the Brant-Hentz Company of Madison, New Jersey; Howard & Smith of Los Angeles, California; and Samuel McGredy & Son of Portadown, Ireland.

The jury covered the entire season in its scoring, making its decision in favor of Hugh Dickson Ltd's No. 1596, on November 27th, the week before Closing Day. This was a yellow rose with a long and very perfect bud. A condition of the contest was that the winning rose should be named by the Directors, and Director Hellman suggested the name "Lillian Moore" in honor of the wife of the President of the Exposition, which was directly adopted.

That's it, in black and white
in The American Florist.

The rose was more widely available in 1917. The American Florist, July 28, 1917 describes the Lillian Moore rose:
Hugh Dickson's New Roses 

Among the new roses for 1917 being offered by Messrs. Hugh Dickson, Ltd., Belfast, Ire. is Lillian Moore winner of the $1,000 prize at the Panama-Paciflc exposition. This rose is described as follows: No rose ever raised has been offered to the public with the same credentials, having won in strenuous open competition with roses from all countries of the world the much coveted $1,000 trophy for the best new seedling rose not in commerce. This competition, the most exacting as regards the merit of the individual roses competing was conducted on novel lines all the plants competing, having been established in the exposition grounds a year previous to its opening and thoroughly acclimatized, were judged monthly on points, by different groups of judges composed of the principal rose growers of America, and at the close of the exposition the points awarded to each competing variety by the various sets of judges were aggregated, with the result that the trophy was awarded to this seedling, which was named "The Lillian Moore Rose" in honor of the wife of the president of the exposition, Charles C. Moore.

The Lillian Moore rose is a garden gem with flowers of exquisite form and delightful fragrance. It is a deep pure Indian yellow in color with slightly deeper center. The flowers are large and very full, of perfect camellia shape, carried on stiff erect stems with handsome, clean, deep, olive green foliage. The buds are very long and pointed, opening freely in all weathers and lasting a long time in good condition. The habit of the plant is all that could be desired, free, vigorous and branching making a strong bush about 2 1/2 feet in height. It is thoroughly perpetual in habit: from early season until the close it produces in abundance a wealth of blooms of glowing color and perfect shape. A malformed flower is a rarity. A superb rose for every purpose. Awarded silver medal of the American Rose Society
With this previous description, I decided to colorize that black and white photo. The color was described as "Indian Yellow". I didn't know what that color is, so I checked Wikipedia. Indian yellow is a pigment that was originally made from the urine of cows that have been fed on mango leaves. Okay, then. Mango color, it is. I used that color as my guide for creating the colorized photo at the top of the blog.

The sad ending is that even with all that hooferaw, the Lillian Moore rose is not available today. HelpMeFind is no help for this rose. I'm still checking around at some of our old rose gardens to see if someone has it. As a rose buddy said, maybe it was susceptible to leaf spot.


Here is the page in The American Florist with the article announcing the PPIE Rose contest.
Funny coincidence: on that same page is a small biography of George Dickson who is the father of the man who eventually won the prize, Hugh Dickson.
California Magazine, volume 1, issue 1, 1915

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