The Final Bow
The Final Bow

The membership of California Coastal Rose Society extends a warm welcome to you! The CCRS 14th Annual Rare and Unusual Rose Plant Auction will take place on Saturday November 15th and Sunday November 16th in Carlsbad, CA 92011 at Carlsbad by the Sea Resort We will offer between 275 and 300 plants, the majority of which are rare, unusual, not yet in commerce or no longer in commerce.

The event comprises a Saturday afternoon and evening power point illustrated discussion of plants offered in the SILENT BID portion of the Auction. Multiple well known Rosarians, Hybridizers and Nursery owners will discuss many of the plants being offered in six 30-40 minute talks.

The guest speakers are:

We break for dinner in small groups WITH the speakers and other accomplished ARS CRs at local restaurants about 4:45pm. Pre-dinner sign up AND confirmation by the CCRS webmaster is required to join these groups. At dinner, each participant pays for only what he/she orders as we have arranged for not only hot food of your choice but also for separate checks. If you prefer to have dinner with friends instead that is easily accommodated as well. After dinner we resume the power-point presentations for a short period of time. Participants may place SILENT AUCTION bids on Saturday evening.

The actual Auction is held on Sunday. Additional Bidders will join us in the morning. All will have time to examine the plants more closely, discuss them with friends and other local experts who can offer more personally directed advice on them. The SILENT AUCTION will end at noon. During your lunch break at multiple close-by local restaurants of your own choosing, CCRS members will sort your plants and tabulate your expenditures. When you return for the LIVE AUCTION at approximately 1:20 pm you may ask for the amount spent before we begin the LIVE AUCTION. John Bagnasco, the driving force behind our campaign to SAVE THE ROSES and the Auction, will present a power point presentation of the 40-45 plants in the LIVE Auction. These plants are the most rare and unusual of the lot. Same rules apply: the Bidders may offer questions or comments on the plants as they are offered. Frequently the Hybridizer is present to do so as well. The Auction ended last year by 3:15 pm and we turned off the lights by 4:15 pm giving even many LA based participants time to arrive home for dinner. Payment is by check or cash at time of checkout.

Plants To Be Auctioned

On rare occasions, some of the plants offered on the list may not be available at the Auction due to circumstances beyond our control. More frequently, we add exciting offerings in the weeks just before the Auction so do check the list more than once.

The Auction has attracted out of the area and out of state participants who may require lodgings. These are available at the resort where we are holding the Auction. By personal reports of past participants, the rooms are judged to be clean, comfortable and reasonably priced. Immediately across the street is a large outlet discount shopping mall and the beach is less than a mile to the west. Multiple reasonably priced local restaurants are within easy walking distance of the resort. For the really adventurous who might wish to bring adult children and grandchildren Legoland is about a mile away. There is much to do in North County San Diego if you have a few days to spend here. Particulars regarding the accommodations are presented below.

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, 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!

Auction Venue/Lodgings

The Auction will be held at the Carlsbad by the Sea Resort. The resort is located at 850 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad. Its telephone number is: (760) 930-3812

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To reserve a room: call (800) 266-7880 and ask for "CCRS Auction 11/15." The cutoff date for obtaining these rates is 10/24/14.

Note that the resort is situated immediately alongside Highway 5 at Palomar Airport Road about 30 miles north of the San Diego Airport and about 15 miles south of Camp Pendleton USMC.

Please send us questions via the "Contact Us" form.

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 .