A Canadian rose breeder has decided that the name of his new rose variety should be left up to the public. He’s determined to have the privilege of naming the rose go to a good cause, however, and that’s why he’s putting it up for auction. The auction will be held by the Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS), and all proceeds will go directly to helping their organization.
Langley’s Select Roses has been growing roses in their British Columbia nursery for years and are trying to give back to their community. The unnamed rose is a floribunda, which are modern roses that were developed by crossing hybrid teas with polyantha roses. Langley’s new variety can stand at nearly three feet tall and has a golden hue with scarlet edges.
Nearly ten years of hard work goes into successfully breeding a new rose and the naming rights can go as high as $10,000. In the past the breeder has seen their roses named for philanthropists, country singers, spiritual leaders and others. But for this particular variety, Langley’s wants those dollars going to a cause that’s close to their hearts.
The owner of the company grew up with several dogs and now has two of his own that he adores. The money raised will help keep the doors open to a no-kill animal shelter in Aldergrove named the Patti Dale Shelter after the late founder of LAPS. The auction will take place in November at the annual Langley Animal Protection Society gala.
Pre-bidding has already begun though, and the LAPS website is taking bids at a minimum of $1,000. Those that can’t make it to the gala are also allowed to have agents represent them during the final selling of the naming rights. The highest bidder will have the name of their choosing registered with an international body, making it the official name for as long as the rose is cultivated.
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