I received the February 2004 issue of The Rose Parade, the bulletin of the Los Angeles Rose Society today. On page 7 the following appears:
"Ralph Moore To Be Honored In Visalia
By Irene Lindsey
Thought you’d like to know about this and help us spread the word. We need to raise $10,000 real fast to get the City to begin construction by March. We are hoping for completion by the May 29th dedication. Thanks for anything you can do to help. Call me, Irene Lindsey, 559-747-3040. BTW, January 14 was Ralph Moore’s 97th birthday!
Contributions and in-kind donations are now being accepted for a unique and appropriate tribute to Ralph Moore, who is thought by many in the industry to be the “Father of the Modern Miniature Rose.”
Friends and admirers of Moore’s are constructing a rose garden in Veteran’s Memorial Park on Main Street in his hometown of Visalia. The charming circular garden will include hedges of roses, a meandering path, a gazebo, benches, and many examples of Mr. Moore’s roses. Members of this volunteer committee include Don Stone, Alan George, Carolyn Suplinger, Burling Leong, Tom Link, Mary Hill, Norm Phillips, and Irene Lindsey.
Mr. Moore’s worldwide reputation comes from the hybridization techniques that he has perfected over his more than 60-year career. As one author said, “He has laid the groundwork for the breeding of roses for many years to come.” The official registration files maintained by the American Rose Society list more than 300 miniatures hybridized by Ralph Moore, plus numerous floribundas, hybrid teas, shrubs, ramblers, polyanthas and Old Garden Roses.
The Committee hopes to raise the $20,000 needed to complete the construction this Spring. Dedication Day is scheduled for May 29th, 2004. Tax-deductible donations in honor of Ralph Moore can be made to:
Visalia Parks and Recreation Foundation-Moore Rose Garden
P.O. Box 1032
Visalia, CA 93279
Anyone wishing to offer a personal tribute to Mr. Moore can provide the funding for the benches, art feature or hedge. Special plaques acknowledging these donations can be included in the project.
For more information on the Ralph Moore Rose Garden, contact Foundation Director, Leslie Caviglia, (559) 713-4599."