Charles Albanel explorer rose at the Central Experimental farm

Charles Albanel

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William Baffin explorer rose at the Central Experimental Farm

William Baffin

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Alexander Mackenzie Explorer Roses at the Central Experimental Farm

Alexander MacKenzie

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Alexander Mackenzie Explorer Rosesat the Central Experimental farm

 Jens Munk

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Felicitas Svejda, born and educated in Austria, worked at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa from 1954 until 1985. Beginning in 1961, she spearheaded a rose breeding program that was designed to develop winter-hardy, disease-resistant, and recurrent flowering plants for Canadian gardens. The result was the Explorer Rose series that included 25 varieties of her roses. These roses became highly popular and world famous. They are considered Canada’s greatest contribution to the world of roses.

The Explorer Rose Garden at the Central Experimental Farm is a tribute to the work of Svejda and a celebration of her achievements.

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