Have you ever had to come up with the perfect way to celebrate an extra special birthday?
The City of Coquitlam has done just that for the 125-year celebration of its July 25, 1891 incorporation by purchasing the naming rights for a brand new variety of rose!
“We worked in collaboration with the Fraser Pacific Rose Society,” says Kathleen Reinheimer, the City of Coquitlam’s Parks Manager. “It’s a salmon-coloured rose and we named it the “Coquitlam Rose” in honour of our Coast Salish Heritage.”
The name Coquitlam, according to the City’s website, comes from the Coast Salish word “Kwikwetlem,” meaning “red fish up the river.” The name was in acknowledgment of the importance of salmon to the Coast Salish culture.
“It’s a hardy rose,” notes Kathleen, “disease-resistant and long-blooming.”
The official unveiling of the Coquitlam Rose will take place on July 3, 2016 in the Centennial Rose Garden during the 2016 Rose Show. Subsequently, as additional plants become available, plantings will take place in the City’s Inspiration Garden, as well as other parks and public gardens around the community.
The new variety of rose will also be made available to local growers.
In addition to celebrating the City’s 125th birthday, the new Coquitlam Rose makes its debut in time for the City’s entry into the national Communities in Bloom competition. This friendly competition between Canadian cities is meant to showcase how communities work together to enhance the environment, beautify their city, and conserve the area’s heritage.
For more information on the Coquitlam Rose and the Coquitlam in Bloom program, check out the City’s website at www.coquitlam.ca/cib or call 604.927.3046. The City of Coquitlam can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.