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Ralph S. Moore

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Ralph S Moore January 14, 1907 – September 14, 2009 was a rose breeder and discoverer born to Orlando Moore in Visalia, California

In 1937 he opened the rose nursery Sequoia Nursery, Moore Miniature Roses in California He played an important role in the popularisation and diversification of Miniature roses, introducing over five hundred new miniature rose hybrids, including the award-winning "Ann Moore", after his wife, Ann Other cultivars introduced by Moore were the single-petalled Miniature 'Simplex' 1961, the first yellow-flowered modern Moss Rose, 'Goldmoss' 1972 or the orange-red Floribunda 'Playtime' 1989

On May 29, 2003, in downtown Visalia, the Ralph Moore Rose Garden was dedicated to Ralph to honor his achievements as a rose breeder

On January 14, 2007, Moore celebrated his 100th birthday at the Visalia Convention Center There he received an award from the Royal National Rose Society of Great Britain and the American Rose Society He also received a flag that was flown over the United States Capitol on January 8, 2007 in his honor

Moore wrote poetry for over 25 years including the poetry book Thoughts of Roses

On April 30, 2008, his retail rose business, Sequoia Nursery, closed Moore gave all his plants and breeding stock, 80 rose patents, and a cash donation to Texas A&M University's horticultural sciences department The University already had an existing rose breeding program, and it maintains the Robert E Basye Endowed Chair in Rose Breeding Moore's donation enlarged the rose breeding program to include miniature roses He died at the age of 102 of natural causes at the Kaweah Delta Medical Center, Visalia, California


  • Paul Barden: Old Garden Roses and beyond
  • Ralph Moore, King of Miniature Roses
  • Ralph Moore's writings on this web site
  • More Roses Blooming at Texas A&M, Thanks to Moore - eXtension
  • Ralph Moore's obituary

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