In the Fall of 1961, I was asked by Agriculture Canada to look into the possibility of developing winterhardy and everblooming roses. (...) I knew nothing about roses. This was a blessing because I had no preconceived notion. I had to learn. The easiest way was by observation.
Felicitas Svejda, from: The Canadian Explorer Roses (2008)
Born in Vienna, Felicitas Svejda (1920-2016) is the creator of the Explorer roses and of many hardy ornamental shrubs cultivated in private and public Canadian gardens.
The Montreal Botanical Garden Library is proud to present Felicitas Svejda: Scientist and rosarian, a virtual exhibit showcasing
her work and archives.