SimsalabimThe 2014 CCRS Rare and Unusual Rose Plant Auction was a 2-day event! It was held BOTH on Saturday and Sunday November 15th and 16th. On Saturday there was a very special series of presentations of the roses in the Silent Auction, by some of the stalwarts of the American rose community. Dignitaries describing these wonderful offerings included two of the world's greatest rose breeders, Dr. Keith Zary formerly of J&P Roses and Ping Lim now the breeder for Altman Plants. It also included nationally recognized rose experts such as author Bob Martin; Cliff Orent and Burling Leong, formerly propagation manager for Ralph Moore.

The 2014 Auction was held at Carlsbad by the Sea Resort located at 850 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad, CA 92008. A special reduced room rate had been arranged for those staying overnight on November 15th, AND breakfast on Sunday at the resort was included in the cost. Both the SILENT and LIVE auctions took place on Sunday.

The addition of Saturday events was meant to allow adequate time for those collecting these rare plants to socialize as well as become more informed about some of the great roses of yesterday and some forgotten, but worthy roses of today. CCRS is dedicated to help both maintain and make available these rare, unique and hard to obtain roses. This work has become more critical as we see the demise of so many wholesale and retail Rose Nurseries.

The Steering Committee members have already begun identifying and sorting plants for the 2015 Auction. As always, plants from our own collection will be supplemented by the generous donations made by so many Auction supporters from all across the country. Many roses are not available anywhere else in the country. As usual, we will list the plants on this website just as quickly as possible. However, we always manage to add a few "surprises" right at the time of the Auction.

There is no change in the minimum bid raise rule (minimum of $1), payment remains check or cash and internet bids will be accepted though we really hope you will join us IN PERSON this weekend. For those of our rose friends that cannot attend, we will accept internet bids prior to the auction and will hold roses until spring for those that live in colder areas of the country. Out of town winners must also pay for shipping.

Please do make plans to join us next year!

Thank You

CCRS has many individuals and organizations to thank for providing specimens to the Auction. Many Rosarians have provided cuttings and plant materials from commercial nurseries, public gardens and special collections not otherwise available to the general public. The following individuals have provided plant material crucial to the effort for saving the roses: Shannon and John Bagnasco, Paul Barden, Ivy Bodin, Linda Clark, Miriam and Tom Cooney, Jane and Jim Delahanty, Jane and Mike Diliberto, Justin Ekuan, Leslie Espanol, Jacques Ferare (Meilland Star Roses), Mike Gleason, Liz and Tim Glynn, Linda Goldstein (Descanso Gardens), Chris Gon, Pam Greenewald (Angel Gardens), Leah and Chris Greenwood, Ben Hanna (Heirloom Roses), Frank Hastings, Diana and Walt Kilmer, Bill and Sandra Knowles, Kathy Kubota (Descanso Gardens), Burling Leong (Burlington Rose Nursery), Ping Lim (Roses by Ping), Cheryl Malone (Heirloom Roses), Dona and Bob Martin, Sharon McColgan, Brett Miller, Harry Olson (Bush Pasture Park of Roses), Cliff Orent, Jill Perry (San Jose Heritage Rose Garden), Dwyn Robbie, Robert Rippetoe, Linda and Joel Ross, the San Diego Rose Society, Cliff Schireson, Anastasia Shupp, Steve Singer (Wisconsin Roses), Brenda and Joe Smith, Sue and Dick Streeper, Kathy Strong, Dan Tyson, Dianne Wiley, Marilyn Wojdak, Becky Yianilos, Deb and Keith Zary (Spring Hill Nursery) and Paul Zimmerman. We thank each and every one of you for your help in saving the roses!

Help Us

If you think you have one or more rare and/or unusual roses and would like to donate cuttings for future auctions, please click here .


To view a video of the 2009 auction, click here .

Driving directions

The Carlsbad by the Sea Resort is located at 850 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad.

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