Roses forum: Vintage Gardens is CLOSING!! Oh no!!

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Name: Toni
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Skiekitty
Mar 4, 2013 4:32 PM CST
Email I got:

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Vintage Gardens Closing
ORDER NOW THROUGH JUNE 30TH
for the last time...

Dear Friends, Customers and Supporters of Vintage Gardens,

A rosy outlook is what I wish for you all during these hard times---and it is what I hope you will try to maintain as I share with you that Vintage Gardens will close its doors to new orders on June 30th, 2013. We have tried to prepare our customers for this announcement over the past two years. I know that with the demise of so many rose nurseries recently, our closing will mean a very significant loss of resources to lovers of old roses, but we cannot continue operating the nursery at a loss.

This is it, then, the final months of Vintage Gardens. Our time table is focused on selling off the large number of roses we propagated in 2012, on shipping spring orders, and on propagating remaining custom orders to ship in the fall of this year.

We will:
Continue accepting orders through June, and shipping them.
Ship our spring season orders through June.
Close our office on June 30th.
Prepare all outstanding custom orders propagated in May and June for shipping starting in September.
Ship our delayed French Import roses beginning in September.
Ship a small number of orders to cold climates in the Spring of 2014.
Close our website on December 31st, 2013.


As I face the end of an effort that has engaged me for 30 years, I look ahead now to all that must still be done in the name of the rose. Central to my rosy outlook has been the efforts of a group of old rose lovers who have created a non-profit organization to preserve the collection of roses that I developed with Phillip Robinson beginning in the late 1970s. The Friends of Vintage Roses, assisted by the Heritage Rose Foundation, have begun the work of stabilizing and restoring a collection of old and rare roses that once numbered over 5000 varieties.



This organization will complete its application to the IRS for tax-exempt status this month. Donations raised by the Heritage Rose Foundation have already benefited the rose collection, including the restoration of more than a thousand lost and nearly varieties.



The years ahead will keep me busy helping the efforts of The Friends of Vintage Roses to preserve and provide public access to the roses. And my commitment to the Heritage Rose Foundation will continue to demand much from me as well.



Our Road to Closing Down



We have set for ourselves the challenging goal of meeting all of our promises to supply roses to our customers, and to retire our business in good standing with our customers and suppliers. We will need your good will, your good words, and your assistance in order to do this.



I thank you all for your understanding, your support of Vintage Gardens' efforts to keep so many rare old roses in commerce, and for being rose gardeners---the best sort of people I know!



Thank you for your understanding, your patience and for your support!

-Gregg Lowery

glowery@vintagegardens.com











Here is how you could help:



Please resist the urge to call or email us about confirmed orders of roses that have not yet shipped. There are only 2 of us at Vintage Gardens, and we face a mountain of work to get everyone's orders right. All import rose orders will be confirmed individually in March.
Please, PLEASE, place an order for some of the glorious roses we have currently available---NEARLY 1200 VARIETIES AWAIT YOU! Nearly 9000 rose plants have yet to be sold before we close, and if we fail to sell a good many of them, we cannot meet our commitments to customers. Many, if not most of these varieties of rare and old roses MAY NEVER AGAIN BE OFFERED COMMERCIALLY. Think of this as your last rose-buying binge; let it serve you for years to come.
Please, SUPPORT The Friends of Vintage Roses! This non-profit organization now OWNS the collection of roses that I developed over a 30 year period of my life. The Friends mission and purpose is to preserve this collection of heritage roses for everyone---holding onto the possibility that everyone will continue to be able to learn from and enjoy the roses.








The Friends of Vintage Roses

Preserving a Legacy of Old Roses







DONATE to preserve them. Dozens of supporters have already done so, and their generosity is providing the means to stabilize and restore the collection. It is because of their timely support on behalf of The Friends of Vintage Roses that this rose collection has not already vanished! Aging plants are being revitalized and more than a thousand lost and nearly lost varieties have been restored to the collection.
To DONATE, you may make tax-exempt donations to the HERITAGE ROSE FOUNDATION to support the efforts of The Friends of Vintage Roses, on the HRF website: Donate to The Friends of Vintage Roses.
VOLUNTEER to help to maintain the collection, along with the many other souls who come to Sebastopol, on scheduled monthly work days, called DIRT DAYS, throughout the year. Contact Carolyn Sanders for information on upcoming Dirt Days.
LEARN MORE about this non-profit organization. The Friends of Vintage Roses will be launching their website very soon, and we'll send out an email from Vintage Gardens with The Friends of Vintage Roses' web address when that happens. For now, visit the Vintage Gardens' Resources page and click onto The Friends of Vintage Roses to read more about this organization, how it started and what it has done to preserve these old roses.


About Vintage Gardens
In 1985 a small backyard nursery was born specializing in old roses.
In 1989 the newly planted collection of roses was first opened to visitors in May.
In 1992 our first rose catalogue was published.
In 1994 our first retail store opened in Sebastopol, California.
In 1996 we moved to larger accommodations where our offerings expanded to other historic plants.
In 2006 Vintage Gardens closed its retail outlet and became, once again, a mail order old-rose nursery.
In 2013 Vintage Gardens will cease growing and selling old roses and will close.

What will the future bring for the Old Roses? Will they survive? YOU have a say in that!
Roses are one of my passions! Just opened, my Etsy shop (to fund my rose hobby)! http://www.etsy.com/shop/TweetsnTreats
Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Mar 4, 2013 4:48 PM CST

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I hope they remember to send me the rose they've been custom growing for me since May 2010. It must be hard to grow. Blinking
Name: Katie Wellert
Wadsworth, Ohio (Zone 5b)
KatieJo
Mar 4, 2013 5:21 PM CST
This makes me sad. For multiple reasons. I ordered some french imports that I thought were shipping in march(ish)....now they're not shipping until September :-(
Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Mar 6, 2013 8:17 PM CST

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I do hope they eventually have open house visiting again, Zuzu and I are only about 2 miles away.
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Mar 6, 2013 11:51 PM CST
Wow! That would be great - even though, between you, you probably have all their roses already.
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Mar 7, 2013 12:14 AM CST

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Not me, probably Zuzu though! nodding
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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Mar 7, 2013 12:38 AM CST

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There are a few more I'd like, but I've given up on band-sized roses, and I've pretty much given up on own-root roses in general. They'd almost have to be giving them away before I'd order any more. Now that I don't have an income from work, I'll only buy grafted roses, preferably from Palatine.
Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
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Skiekitty
Mar 7, 2013 8:26 AM CST
Every single time I went to their site & found a rose or two or three I wanted, they were always custom propagation. Couldn't figure out why they would list it as for sale if they didn't have it in stock. Bleh!
Roses are one of my passions! Just opened, my Etsy shop (to fund my rose hobby)! http://www.etsy.com/shop/TweetsnTreats
Name: dana aka iris28
tristate area, ky z6b
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dana
May 28, 2013 9:11 PM CST
Hi guys its been a few years since I've been on but I just went to vintage gardens website and saw this. A little while ago .. What happened was,i moved 3 months ago and took 150 pots with me .a small fraction of what I left. Anyway one that I left behind I knew I could get there, so i didn't bother digging it up. It had been there 6 yrs and was massive. It was orchid masterpiece, my favorite . It's a wild grower but the blooms are worth it. So I told my husband who snuck over to our still empty old house that the builder of our new house owns .. And got me clippings ohh I hope they root!! I can't find it any where else the funny thing is I got it at Walmart originally
Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Charter ATP Member Irises Salvias Xeriscape Birds I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Procrastinator The WITWIT Badge Region: Colorado Enjoys or suffers cold winters Cat Lover
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Skiekitty
May 28, 2013 9:18 PM CST
Dana - I thought you were here earlier this year, or maybe it was last year. I & Zuzu both have Orchid Masterpiece, so if yours doesn't root, I know I would be happy to send you cuttings. I can't root anything.. I've tried a LOT of times & haven't a single success.
Roses are one of my passions! Just opened, my Etsy shop (to fund my rose hobby)! http://www.etsy.com/shop/TweetsnTreats
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
May 28, 2013 11:05 PM CST

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Dana, it's great to see you again! Welcome back!

Toni, the one we have isn't the same as Dana's. Hers was the gorgeous climber with a million petals.

Rose (Rosa 'Orchid Masterpiece, Cl.')
Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Charter ATP Member Irises Salvias Xeriscape Birds I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Procrastinator The WITWIT Badge Region: Colorado Enjoys or suffers cold winters Cat Lover
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Skiekitty
May 29, 2013 8:31 AM CST
Zu - wow.. that's a pretty pretty rose. Is yours getting tall? Mine's extremely leggy, like a climber! (well, technically, right now it's only about 12" tall after cutting back all the winterkill)
Roses are one of my passions! Just opened, my Etsy shop (to fund my rose hobby)! http://www.etsy.com/shop/TweetsnTreats
Name: dana aka iris28
tristate area, ky z6b
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dana
Jun 1, 2013 6:24 PM CST
Thanks zuzu .. Skiekitty I'm not sure when lol i just know its been forever. once we decided to move Its been sheer anxiety over my plants .so I kinda just didn't want to look or deal w them or talk about it lol! Now that the survivors are in the ground I can go shopping again !! So far so good on the cuttings none have rotted none dried out . They are in coir in pots in baggies on my south facing windowsill . 72 degrees in the house lol I know the do good rooting straight in the ground but it gets to hot here

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