Rose Magazine (Sep-Oct 1936) 1(23): 9-10.
Another Reinisch Rose-Garden Enthusiast
By RUTH B. MERRILL, Portland, Ore.
IT IS not surprising that Dr. Nicolas has proclaimed the Reinisch Rose-Garden the "perfect rose-garden." There is not the slightest exaggeration in his statement. Having read his startling account of it in our last Rose Annual, I was curious to see for myself, and when the opportunity came I took advantage of it.
Mr. Doran and Mr. Richardson saw to it that not a corner was missed in either the rock-garden or the rose-garden. I think they were secretly chuckling to themselves, for they were very conscious of the fact that an Oregonian walked down their paths, and they knew they were showing perfection to her! I have returned to my beautiful State wanting to urge all rose-lovers to visit in Topeka, Kans., then return home and plant roses as they saw them growing there.
With well-prepared soil, fertilizer, water, and spray treatment, rose bushes of the same growing habit can be planted from twelve to fourteen inches apart. That is what I saw. No bare soil was in sight, for the healthy spreading or upright branches of each bush intermingled with its neighbor, making a most attractive appearance, as well as shading the roots of each hush from the summer sun.
No sign of mildew or black-spot did I see and though the days were hot and trying ones for roses, there were hundreds freshly blooming.
The walk leading to the entrance had on either side over 1000 bushes of Lord Calvert and Lady Alice Stanley. The entire garden was edged with Climbing roses, in front of which were several rows of Hybrid Perpetuals. Then came the many beds of thousands of Hybrid Teas and newer Polyanthas. In the center, like a lovely jewel, was the Doran lily pool.
There is an entrancing pergola which separates the roses from the rock-garden. This rock-garden is like the rose-garden in that it excels all others, for it possesses little winding paths and rustic bridges, and there are all sorts of surprises in unexpected places, such as the "Wishing Well," for example.
In haste a list was made of roses blooming freshly in heat which for many days stood above 100°. There was Talisman loaded with blooms; Gruss an Teplitz in wonderful growth and bloom; American Beauty and Francis Scott Key, very good; Mme. Jules Bouché, General MacArthur, John Russell, W. Freeland Kendrick, Betty Uprichard, Hortulanus Budde, all very satisfactory; Mrs. Aaron Ward in great bloom; Duchess of Wellington, first rate; Kaiserin Auguste Viktoria, Miss Edith Cavell, Baby Tausendschon, Orléans, and Chatillon Rose, all good.
In the test-garden the following were doing especially well: Gloaming, outstanding; Yosemite, Polar Bear, Permanent Wave, Empire State and Matador, very good; Soeur Thérèse, Federico Casas, Director Rubió, Editor McFarland, and Grenoble in good order.
A three-hour stay in Kansas City, so near Topeka, gave me the opportunity to meet the lovely President of their Society and to see another municipal rose-garden as perfectly planted and maintained as the Reinisch Garden. That it is much smaller is the only difference.
The world should gather at the doorstep of such remarkable rosarians in these two middle western cities, for they can certainly show with just pride their perfect public rose-gardens.