Visalia's rose pioneer dies

Ralph Moore, the Visalia rose breeder hailed as the “father of modern miniature roses,” died this week in Visalia. He was 102. With 500 rose varieties to his credit, Mr. Moore brought fame to himself and pride to his hometown. Mr. Moore founded Sequoia Nursery in 1937 with “$800 and a few hundred roses,” he once said. Besides roses, Mr. Moore also developed a popular evergreen bush that Monrovia Nursery in Southern California grew for 20 years. He gave the royalties to Westmont College in Santa Barbara for scholarships. A celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 3 at First Presbyterian Church in Visalia. more

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