Beauty in common: Roses and the Arts and Crafts movement

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Hot Cocoa, Strike It Rich, About Face and Betty Boop.
Feel free to judge a rose by its name — yes, those names above really belong to rose varietals — when rose hybrid master Tom Carruth delivers an illuminating lecture this weekend on “Roses and the Arts and Crafts Movement.”
Presented by Friends of The Gamble House, the second installment of its 2009-2010 lecture series highlights the work of Carruth, director of research at Weeks Roses in Pomona.
He will discuss the enduring symbol of the rose as it intertwines with the Arts and Crafts movement, and will share the secrets and future of rose hybridizing.
Pasadena is known as the “City of Roses,” and it earned this floral distinction for a reason. In his lecture, Carruth explains why the city is one of the best in the nation for rose gardening and suggests low-maintenance roses for our climate.
The Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th and early 20th century was inspired by the writings of John Ruskin and a romantic ideal of the craftsman taking pride in personal handiwork.

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The rose — an enduring symbol of the romantic notions of the movement — is present in works such as William Morris textiles, stylized Charles Rennie Mackintosh furnishings and the “cottage” garden designs of Gertrude Jekyll.
Roses, like designs of the time, are carefully crafted and are seen as timeless symbols of an era of expert craftsmanship.
“Roses and the Art and Crafts Movement,” Saturday, Jan. 23, noon, Art Center College of Design, Ahmanson Auditorium, 1700 Lida St., members $20, general $25, students $15 Tickets: 626-793-3334, Ext. 52, www.gamblehouse.org or at the door.
(Photos courtesy Friends of The Gamble House. At top, Julia Child rose hybrid. Below, Wild Blue Yonder rose hybrid.)

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