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Discussion id : 105-945
most recent 9 OCT HIDE POSTS
Initial post 9 OCT by drogers
If anyone knows how to get in touch with Diann Giles please let me know at I have come across some of her roses from the garden of Alicia Whidden and would like to introduce them all to commerce. I have some questions about some of the non registered varieties.
Thank you,
Donald Rogers
A Reverence For Roses Inc

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Discussion id : 105-615
most recent 19 SEP SHOW ALL
Initial post 16 SEP by CybeRose
The Gentleman's Magazine, Volume 83: 358 [April 1798]
"4. At Rickmansworth, in his 75th year, John Parsons, esq. only son of the late Humphry P. esq. of Reigate, twice lord mayor of London, and brother to the lady of the late Sir John Cotton, of Madingley, bart. He married Domitilla, sister of Barberini the dancer, who died about two years ago."

It is a sad comment on a man's life when the obituary mentions only the accomplishments and social positions of his family members.

Lady Parsons, on the other hand, inspired Jonathan Swift to write a poem that included these lines:

"Wheler, Sir George,* in travels wise,
Gives us a medal of Plantilla;
But O, the Empress has not eyes,
Nor lips, nor breast, like Domitilla." — Swift's Works, vol. xviii.

*Alluding to "Journey into Greece" by George Wheler, Esq. 1682
Reply #1 of 2 posted 18 SEP by jedmar
I have added some more info to this page. Parson's only claim to fame seems to be that the 'Pale China' first bloomed in his garden. Probably Sir George Staunton has more rights to be called Discoverer, than John Parsons.
Actually I haven't seen any mention of the name 'Parsons Pink China' before World War II. Was it again Hurst who created this mythical name?
By the way, Parsons was 62 years old when he married Domitilla Campanini (not Camperini). Her sister Barbara Campanini "La Barberina" seems to have been quite a number. You will find a more detailed story of her life and pictures in the German version of Wikipedia: Campanini
Reply #2 of 2 posted 19 SEP by CybeRose
Thank you for the information. I thought that Domitilla was her first name. Now I find that she was Miriamne Domitilla (née Campanini). So, she was Lady Miriamne Parsons, though still referred to as DOMITILLA on her crypt.
Discussion id : 104-935
most recent 21 AUG HIDE POSTS
Initial post 21 AUG by mamabotanica
Just want to say that you make gorgeous roses. Malibu and Tahitian Sunset are two of my favorites. Thanks for your work!
Discussion id : 102-797
most recent 17 JUL HIDE POSTS
Initial post 17 JUL by kpbridge
This rose was bred for my great Aunt Rita Petherbridge, in East Maitland, by the clergyman's wife, Mrs Robertson. My cousin says, "Aunt Rita has a rose named after her called "Miss Rita".....A pretty pink rose ... the Presbyterian Clergyman's wife in East Maitland was a rose enthusiast who grew this rose & named it after Rita who as a very gentle soul who adored flowers.... her specialty was making really beautiful tight posies of flowers for gifts & presentations ..the Torquay garden was big in those days so Rita had lots of flowers to play with... those bouquets were quite special ..Rita was very artistic & painted as well ....quite a few of her paintings remain amongst the families... " I would love to find this rose to plant in my garden if anyone can help with this, please contact me.
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