To commemorate its centennial, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in nearby San Marino unveiled a new rose variety, Huntington’s 100th, a pastel yellow and orchid pink floribunda (also known as the Life of the Party). Its story began in 2009, when award-winning rose hybridizer Tom Carruth first crossed his Julia Child rose with a French variety named Stormy Weather.
“Beautiful colors aside, what really makes this variety stand out is the intense fragrance of lemon blossom with a hint of fruit,” says Carruth, who has served as The Huntington’s E.L. and Ruth B. Shannon Curator of the Rose Collections since 2012. Find it in the Rose Garden and the new Centennial garden display near the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art. Centennial exhibitions and events will take place September 2019 through September 2020. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. 626-405-2100.