Sterling Silver (HT) [Peace x seedling derived in part from Morning Mist, Rapture, Better Times and Pink Favorite] Despite its tendency to blackspot, this is one of the most elegant of the lilac roses. Very fragrant. [In a newspaper article, 1956, 'Morning Mist' is given as the pollen parent.]

April 14, 2004 - SJH

April 14, 2004 - SJH

April 14, 2004 - SJH


Herald-Journal May 30, 1956, p. 4
Widow Creates New Rose as Tribute to Husband
WOBURN, Mass.

Mrs. Gladys Fisher, a grandmother and widow of a horticulturist, is being honored this year for creating a true lavender rose while trying to fulfill her husbands dream of a blue rose.

Mrs. Fisher's rose, which she has registered with the American "Sterling Silver", made its debut at the New England Spring Flower Show of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, a national organization and the largest of its kind.

*According to the obituary for Mrs. Fisher in The Boston Globe
(Boston, MA), October 20, 1993, her husband died in 1943.

She freely admits that when her husband, Gordon, died in 1953* she didn't know a pistil (the part of a flower linked with the miniature seed) from a stamen (the organ of a flower which produces a fertilizing cell).

Because her husband, like many other flower growers, dreamed of a blue rose, she too took up the quest—hoping she might create a memorial to her husband. This involved the study of hybridization which she undertook with such earnestness that she became known as one of the world's most distinguished woman hybridizers.

It is 10 years since Mrs. Fisher went to her greenhouse one morning to see what seedlings had bloomed in the night. She found the first blue-gray lavender rose.

"It was a weak little thing," she says. "But I took out a patent and carried it along, hoping it would grow stronger. Names are registered with the American Rose Society, and I asked for the name Moonbeam, but was told that it had been used in England. Then I selected another name, Morning Mist. I never introduced this rose because the seedling wouldn't produce a strong plant. But Morning Mist is one of the male ancestors of Sterling Silver.

"Peace is Sterling Silver's female parent. Peace has had countless rose children. Aside from beauty. a successful rose must be a good grower. It must be disease resistant and capable of producing a fine crop of both flowers and foliage. It must be upright sturdy and long lasting. I have had thousands of hopeful seedlings, but few survivors.

"I have tested it since 1952 to be sure that its characteristics—keeping quality, color, scent and fertility—have settled to a changeless pattern."


Telegraph Delivery Spirit, 23(2): 36 (1956)
Hybridizing Roses
By Gladys Fisher
Arnold-Fisher Co. Woburn, Mass

ROSES, old and new, are the most fascinating flowers in the world, to write about as well as to work with in hybridizing for new varieties.

As hybridizer for the Arnold-Fisher Company of Woburn, Massachusetts, I use many of the old favorites in my quest for roses of greater beauty and more desirable characteristics.

Beauty, form and true color are the first requirements of a rose, for without these, a rose seldom comes to the attention of the hybridizer. Once his interest is aroused, he tests the rose for the following—texture of petal; strong stem and neck; beauty of leaves; thornlessness; twenty-five or more petals; productivity; disease resistance and keeping qualities.

Two of the roses that have been patented by the Arnold-Fisher Company and recently introduced as greenhouse roses are "Sterling Silver" and "Capri."

"Sterling Silver" is so named because it has been adopted by the Sterling Silversmiths Guild of America.

"Sterling Silver" — a true lavender hybrid tea — has to be seen to be believed. Only when one has been able to touch its firm petals, enjoy its wonderfully sweet perfume, does one realize that it is real, and a breathtakingly new color has come to the rose world.

This newcomer has a long high-centered bud and opens to a perfect whorl. It has twenty-five to thirty-five lavender petals, overlayed with a satiny silver; stems practically thornless; strong stem and neck; large semi-glossy leaves and is a good keeper.

Peace, the most famous of all garden roses, is the female parent of "Sterling Silver". Though this new lavender rose inherits the wonderful vigor of Peace, its constant blooming habit comes from the male parent of mixed ancestry, including Rapture, Better Times and Pink Delight.

This beautiful rose was introduced at the Sterling Silver Rose Tournament held on June twentieth and twenty-first. Flower arrangers from all over the United States competed for a five thousand dollar Sterling Silver Rose trophy and eight valuable Sterling Silver containers donated by the Sterling Silversmiths Guild. From the many competitors on June twentieth, eight finalists were chosen who were given a Sterling Silver container.