October 2012 Plant Profile: Rosa ‘Sally Holmes’

October 4th, 2012 by Soest Gardener, Riz Reyes

It’s highly unusual that we would highlight a rose as a “stand out” plant in the month of October, but with the gorgeous Indian summer we’ve been having lately and the simple fact that this is an exceptional cultivar, I felt it deserved some attention.

Planted behind the wooden benches in the Fragrance Garden, ‘Sally Holmes’ is an absolute standout when in full bloom. It has soft peachy-pink buds that open a soft cantaloupe cream and age to white. It has only a slight scent to not overwhelm visitors when they sit. Only in it second year since it was planted, this eventual large shrub/small climber has been near the top of the list of roses recommended for the Pacific Northwest. It’s vigorous, very prolific to flower (and repeat!) and it doesn’t succumb to the damaging diseases  that plague roses in our region. That’s why it’s a Great Plant Pick!



After the first flush of blooms in June, our volunteers were very diligent about deadheading the spent flowers from the first flush and the result is an even larger flush of blooms in early Autumn and THERE’S STILL BUD DEVELOPING. These might succumb to frost and not fully develop, but it clearly demonstrates the vigor and quality of this superb rose.


Common Name: Sally Holmes Rose

Location: Fragrance Garden

Origin: Garden Origin

Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade

Height and spread: Large shrub/climber 8-10ft. high and 6-7ft. wide.

Bloom Time: Early-Mid Summer, Early Autumn.






7th Annual Handmade Tile Festival

October 4th, 2012 by Heidi Unruh, UWBG Communications Volunteer

Artisan Tile NW presents:

7th Annual Handmade Tile Show and Sale

Sponsored by Artisan Tile NW and UW Botanical Gardens

The theme for this year’s Handmade Tile Festival is botanicals. The 2012 festival will feature a juried show with botanical themed tiles. Enjoy meeting the artists, tile making workshops, the tile sale, door prizes, and garden art and see tile pictures from around the world.

The festival will also be celebrating Iris and Bob Jewett of Wilburton Pottery this year. Wilburton pottery produces amazing botanical tiles, and the  Jewett’s are the founders of the Bellevue Botanical Garden.

The festival takes place at the Center for Urban Horticulture with an opening reception November 2, from 7 – 9 pm. The show and sale is November 3, from 10 am – 5 pm.