I have been asked many times about naming of a rose and have decided to
include the information on my web-site.
Naming a rose or having a rose named
after you is like buying an everlasting gift. After I have hybridized
a new rose, and it proves to look promising, it still takes about
five years of testing before a rose is ready to be named and sold.
roses for 37 years and have registered nearly 30 varieties so far and
some have been named after people.
Choose a name for your rose and I will handle all the required paperwork
to register it with the International
Cultivar Registration Authority - Roses (or IRAR). Once the name
is accepted it will be forever listed internationally. Every few years,
a new “Modern
is published and your named rose, with its full description, will be
listed in it. You can
also find roses registered on the website of “HelpMeFind Roses” (HMF).
See the link to HMF on my Galleries
Recently, I submitted a registration
application for a man in the USA who is having a rose named after his
wife. "She was so thrilled," he said, and "It's
the greatest gift she's ever had." He also wrote, “Home
Run!!! I showed her the pictures tonight and she was so excited."
You could name a rose
after yourself if you like, but it would sure make The Ultimate Gift,
especially as a tribute to a deceased family member or loved one, or
to commemorate the birth of a new baby for example. Anyone interested
naming a rose
can contact me through my website.
Note that at commercial rose firms in the USA, you will
generally not get a rose named for under $10,000.
For example, a big rose firm in California charges $75,000, another US
fees are upwards of $12,500 and one firm in New Zealand charges $30,000
US. In the UK, naming a rose which has commercial potential could run £10,000
or higher as well. These fees are readily verified by searching the web.
Rose Naming Fees (prices in Canadian dollars)
- Miniature Roses are $4,000.
- Climbing miniature roses are
- Mini-Floras are $4,500.
(Note: “Mini-Flora” is a NEW class where blooms and foliage
are larger than Miniatures, but smaller than Floribundas. These are
Roses” in the UK)
- Floribundas are $5,000.
- Fees for bigger roses,
like Hybrid-Teas, Climbing Hybrid-Teas, Climbing Floribundas
and Shrub Roses are $6,000.
As stated, I will do all the required paperwork
and will then supply 10 plants of the named and chosen rose variety for
you the following
year. Currently, new roses still to be named are being tested and propagated
by nurseries in Canada & Europe since 2005.
When naming a rose after
a person, an authorization statement (I have the forms available) has
to be signed
by a family member or next-of-kin. This could be a husband,
wife, daughter or brothers or sisters. Contact me for more details
on this. Once the authorization is received, I fill out the Registration
Application details and send it together with the authorization statement
to the IRAR.
Once you choose a specific rose that I have available, I will ask you
for a deposit amounting to 30% of the total cost, before sending the
application papers away to the IRAR.
will be negotiated. As of 2005, I can now submit the registration
applications online, however the authorization statement still has to
be mailed to the IRAR.
One Final Note
I am not in the business of naming
roses for or after others, but only provide this service upon special
on a case-by-case basis. In the last 5 years I have had numerous inquiries
from individuals wanting to name one of my rose hybrids after
one or deceased family member and once even had a company wanting
a rose to be named after a winery. In the past I have spent countless
hours emailing out pages of information as well as photos of about half
a dozen unnamed
roses of mine that I had available.
In the end, many never even replied after their initial inquiry,
or subsequently informed me that they can not afford my fee which is,
as I noted above, less than half what others
Consequently, in the future I will not provide free information
and photos about specific roses available to be named
- I will now ask for
an up-front deposit
of $500. In the event that the person making the
request cannot find the colour or class of rose he or she is looking
for, I will happily refund $400 of this initial deposit
if an agreement cannot be reached.