- Municipal Council
Town of Mount Royal, June 14, 2007 – The Town of Mount Royal is honoured today to receive five rosebushes from the Trudeau family. They are a new variety of rosebushes – Rosa rugosa « Michel Trudeau » – a new cultivar dedicated in memory of its namesake. In an interesting twist of fate, the plants are in fact destined for the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Rose Garden, located in Connaught Park and renamed in August of 1985 to pay tribute to the former Prime Minister, who was also the Member of Parliament for Mount Royal and Michel Trudeau’s father.
Mrs. Vera Danyluk, Mayor of Mount Royal, points out that there have always been solid ties between the Town and the famous family and that « Michel Trudeau, the young adventurer who was tragically killed in an avalanche in 1998 while skiing on the Kokanee glacier, was not only a nature lover but also a bright, talented, gentle and loving son. We are delighted to save a special spot in our rose garden for the rosebushes that now bear his name. »
The Michel Trudeau Rose appeared as a chance seedling in the garden of one of his aunts in the summer of 1999. It is a tough Rugosa rose. Like its namesake, it is able to withstand the Canadian winter (one has been at the Morden experimental garden in Manitoba since 2000). The new growth has strong dark purple stems, the buds are large and pointed, and the very fragrant flowers are up to 5" across, deep pink with snow white stripes. In Victoria BC, it grows to about 5 feet tall and 3 feet wide, its first blooms appear in late May and repeat throughout the summer. There’s no question that it will acclimatize itself to the good care that it will receive in the Town of Mount Royal rose garden.
The rose will be commercially released by Brentwood Bay Nurseries of Victoria, BC in 2008. Part of the proceeds from the sale of each rose will be donated to the Canadian Avalanche Foundation, in memory of Michel.