Celebrating the Canadian Naval Centennial with AC™ Navy Lady

NavyLady_1bThank you from ‘ NAVY LADY’ : YEAR END UPDATE

100th Anniversary of the Canadian Navy

Wren Associations of Canada thank you , the public and the naval community, for your interest in the 1910-2010 Canadian Naval Centennial Rose…’Navy Lady’.

Based on information we have received – over 45 centennial rose events have taken place across Canada during 2010, plus many individual plantings.

Thank you to all, for pictures, newspaper clippings and notes sent to us – via navylady@thewrens.com

Our gratitude to J.C. Bakker and Sons Limited of St Catharines Ontario for their consideration and caring for our rose during the past 3 years, and to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for the locating and providing our original plant from St.Jean-sur-Richelieu, PQ and trademarking our name ACTM Navy Lady.

We thank the Centennial Committee especially Captain Pickford and CPO2 Cheryl Bush for their assistance with our journey into the unknown world of roses.

Thank you to the late Pauline Hebb for the suggestion of the name Navy Lady!

2011 Events

NavyLadyGaltMay16-2010Planting of “Navy Lady” rose is a way of celebrating, remembering or commemorating events in 2011.

Our sincere thanks to all who participated in the Wrens Project and we sincerely hope that Our Rose will continue to be planted all across Canada in 2011 and in the future.

Rose Committee: 2010. Joan Balch, Georgie Hebb, Diane Huba, the late Bev Covington, the late Pauline Hebb, the late Betty Butler. With the Presidents at both ends of the project, Janet Watt and the late Margaret Haliburton. And on the west coast, Barbara Duncan of Victoria BC.

NavyLadyGalt-Blessing-May16-2010There have been about 35 plantings of AC Navy Lady across Canada that we know of. Some formal and ceremonial, some not so formal. We would like to thank everyone who planted Navy Lady in places of Naval significance, places of remembrance, and other locations. We’d also like to thank everyone who has planted Navy Lady in their own garden, or a garden of a loved one, or perhaps a seniors’ residence for many to enjoy.

Navy Lady will be available for years to come. If you were not able to purchase one this year, please check with your local nursery this fall to see if they will be available there. If they didn’t carry them this year, perhaps they will order them in from our grower JC Bakker for next spring.

We are very proud of our lovely Navy Lady, she has a beautiful deep dark red flower, a very spectacular colour, with many blooms on the plant. The foliage comes in as a deep red which changes to green.

We are collecting stories and photos from many of the plantings, and will list them here as we get them.

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