Tuesday, May 19, 7:30pm

via Zoom

Travis Banks, Director, Plant Variety Development at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, will be speaking on  "Breeding Roses for Canada - Vineland’s 49th Parallel Collection,” including ‘Canadian Shield’®, ‘Chinook Sunrise’®, ‘Aurora Borealis’™ (2021 release) and ‘Yukon Sun’™ (2023 release).

Mr. Banks is pleased to have this opportunity to speak to our members about the work of the Centre and its line of winter-hardy roses.

Mr. Banks holds a MSc in Biochemistry from the University of Saskatchewan and prior to joining Vineland worked as a Biologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. He joined Vineland in 2009 as a Research Scientist and in 2019 moved into the position of Director, Plant Variety Development. Mr. Banks works with Vineland researchers, and business development staff to develop and release new plant varieties in crops such as roses, apples, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes.

INVITATION TO OUR MAY ZOOM MEETING: We will send out 2 reminder emails to our membership the week prior to the meeting that will contain the log-in information for Zoom.

2022 VRS Rose Show Schedule.pdf


2022 Rose Show Schedule


A Blooming Tradition!

Thanks to a suggestion by our own Alex Waterhouse-Heyward -- and the enthusiastic follow-up response from our membership -- our website includes a yearly celebration of the first blooms of every new gardening season.

This year? Well...leave it up to gardeners in Victoria, BC to show us how well (and early!) gardens grow there. Crenagh E. shares this lovely photo of  "Lady Banks" (Rosa banksiae lutea) with a 'first' bloom date of March 31, 2022.

You can view a larger version of Crenagh's 'Lady Bank's photo on the following page: And So It Begins! (The permanent link can be found on the main menu, under About Roses.) Be sure to check back regularly as we will be updating this page with photos of many more 'first blooms' from across the Lower Mainland as they make their seasonal debuts over the next few weeks.

In the meantime, we have included a number of links to Alex's blog posts about early bloomers which can be found on the same page.


Open Gardens

Every year, many of our members throughout the Lower Mainland open their gardens to fellow VRS members to visit and enjoy the fruits of their labor and rosey inspirations.

We look forward to seeing you all at an Open Garden in 2022.