'Tonner's Fancy' rose References
Newsletter (1995) Page(s) 17. Vol 4, No. 1.
Tonner’s Fancy. Hyb. Gig. 1929. Alister Clark. R. gig sdlg x sdlg.
Book (1994) Page(s) 88, 122.
Page 88: 'Courier' and Tonner's Fancy are both still flourishing at Glenara... Released in 1928, it is compared in the Rosa Annual of that year with 'Devoniensis' -- "globular, fragrant, white tinged pink in the opening bud." It was named after George Tonner, a keen gardener from Ballarat, who persuaded Alister to release it. Alister had hesitated to do so because the flowering period is so short, and so early that the buds are sometimes frosted... Alister himself wrote of this rose: "'Tonner's Fancy' is much the best formed flower of all my gigantea seedlings..."
Page 122: Tonner's Fancy Climber. Clark 1928. R. gigantea seedling x unnamed variety... Large, double, exceptionally beautiful flowers, white tinged pink in the bud
Magazine (1991) Page(s) 16. Vol 13, No. 3.
Lilia Weatherly, Tasmania. An Afternoon with Susan Irvine. ....After his [Alister Clark’s] death the property was bought by a land developer but after three years and before he had done much damage, it was bought by a Melbourne solicitor. The gardens have not been maintained well but a lot of Alister’s roses are still there....Another may be Tonner’s Fancy – creamy pink.
Magazine (1990) Page(s) 8. Vol 12, No. 1.
J. Niewesteeg (Vic.) Alister Clark Roses. update November 30, 1989. A very recent find from Glenara we think is Tonners Fancy. The ‘Devoniensis’ like quality of this rose is certainly there. Again, more research may reveal the answer.
Book (1990) Page(s) 122.
Tonner’s Fancy. Cream/P 1929. Cl. Gig.
Magazine (1988) Page(s) 25. Vol 10, No. 3.
R. Peace, (Vic.) Some time ago, I made a trip to Ballarat to get cuttings of Irish Fireflame from the garden that once belonged to George Tonner. (Refer to a few issues ago, there was an Alister Clark rose by this name). George Tonner was the neighbour to the grand parents of member Eileen Lowther. Unfortunately the cuttings didn’t strike, but some budwood was sent to Deane Ross who now lists the rose. Last winter, Eileen returned to Ballarat to try for cuttings again. She arrived only weeks after her last of George Tonner’s roses had been rooted out to make way for a new extension to the house..... I feel Tonner’s Fancy may well exist in Ballarat, as it was sold by the Ballarat Garden Club in large numbers. It was a Gigantea Hybrid, similar to the old Tea rose Devoniensis. Close inspection of suspects should reveal the old Alister Clark rose, surely.
Magazine (1987) Page(s) 5. Vol 9, No. 4.
M. Taffe (Vic.) The garden of the historic Ballarat cottage, “Hymettus” longs to house two Australian raised roses with local connections. Tonner’s Fancy, an Alister Clark rose, was named in honour of George Tonner who was very active in local charities and the Ballarat Horticultural Society. The Australian Rose Annual of 1928 describes it as a Spring flowering climbing rose, a gigantea hybrid, extra vigorous in growth with practically ever-green foliage; also as a splendid decorative rose having full and neatly pointed flowers with a delicate pink centre. It is of the same breeding line as the familiar Lorraine Lee, but with long pointed white blooms tinted blush, almost of exhibition form. The rose was an early flowerer and was said to somewhat resemble Devoniensis..... The local newspaper ‘The Courier’, has taken an interest in the quest to find these roses and has run a fine article in the hope of refreshing the memories of local gardeners who may yet know of the existence of these important roses.
Magazine (1979) Page(s) 8. Vol 1, No. 3.
Tonner’s Fancy – 1928, intro Gill & Searle, large flowered rambler, Large double globular, fragrant, white tinged pink in opening bud. R. gigantea seedling.
Book (1945) Page(s) 42.
Alister Clark. Rose Roundabout. I was promised a plant of La Follette, the Gigantea seedling from the French Riveriera, but that and Belle Portugaise are still wished for, so I must be content with our own Gigantea seedlings, amongst which are my well-shaped double early Tonner’s Fancy, white, tinged pink with foliage used by the florist in bouquets;
Website/Catalog (1941) Page(s) 13.
Tonner’s Fancy – The buds are full and of a delicate cream shade, turning to pink in the centre., Shapely blooms produced on long-stout stems. Vigorous growth.