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I've had a few questions about the history of one of the roses, named Forest Ranch Pom Pom, that I posted in the team Photo's.

Jeri Jennings has sent me the following history of the rose.

"*** I do, and it's a fascinating story.
First, California history:
"General" John Bidwell was an early settler in CA, and earned his "military" title as a leader of the Bear Flag Rebellion that separated CA from Mexico. (Those Bear Flag rebels were a rowdy group, but that's another issue.)
He established one of the first commercial nurseries in California, and while he definitely dealt largely in things like fruit (and other) trees, he also offered roses. His nursery and his home were way up in Chico, in NoCal, and both are now part of a State Historic Park.
(Bidwell and his wife were really fascinating people.)

Skip forward to the current era.
Sherri Berglund, who lives up in Corning -- same general area -- had a small nursery herself. She's also a very good Rose Rustler, and a preservationist and plant historian.
Sherri found FRPP at a deserted homesite in Forest Ranch, which is a teeny community close to Chico.
The property was once associated with Bidwell -- I think his nursery manager lived there. This location indicates an association between the rose, and Bidwell's nursery, which was made more likely by a second discovery of the same rose, a few miles away -- at the ruins of a 19th-Century dairy farm.

The discovery of the second site makes it likely that this rose was once in commerce, had a historic/original name, and was probably sold from Bidwell's nursery. But so far, there has been no success in matching it anything we know -- and there may never be.

It's a great demonstration, though, of the way a Found rose can tie you to history.
"Forest Ranch Pom-Pom" is a living link to the earliest days of California."


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