Curator of the Rose Collection at The Huntington Botanical Gardens to speak at Del Mar Rose Society meeting

Tom Carruth noted rose breeder will be the featured speaker at the Sept. 26 meeting of the Del Mar Rose Society. Beginning in 1975, Carruth worked as a rose breeder with Jackson & Perkins Co. and Jack Christensen of the former Armstrong’s Nursery. At Weeks Nursery from 1987 to 2012, he was in charge of rose hybridizing, writing all the descriptive copy for their catalog, overseeing the catalog design and printing and directing the photography, marketing and website.

Carruth’s winners include some of rose growers’ favorites: Julia Child, Ebb Tide, Dick Clark, Cinco de Mayo, About Face, Hot Cocoa, Betty Boop, Marilyn Monroe and Neptune.

Carruth retired from Weeks Roses to take a new role as the E.L. & Ruth B. Shannon Curator of the Rose Collection at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Carruth is overseeing the renovation of the rose garden past and present and also share observations about roses he has “known.”

The Rose Society meeting will be held at the Powerhouse in Del Mar at 6:30 p.m. with a short social time including refreshments. The public is invited. For information: