This is a guest post by Airships.net reader Dagmara Lizlovs
While researching biographical information on Hugo Eckener I came upon a website with information on a Dr. Eckener rose. I did some further research and found that a rose had been named after Dr. Eckener and that this rose is still available for one’s garden.
The Dr. Eckener rose was developed in 1928 by Vincent Berger. It is the result of crossing the Golden Emblem hybrid tea with an unknown hybrid rogusa (possibly Rogusa Thunberg).
Because Berger resided in both Czechoslovakia and Germany, and probably developed the rose while living in Czechoslovakia, the Dr. Eckener rose is sometimes listed as having originated from Czechoslovakia. The rose was introduced to the United States in 1931 by V. Teschendorf.”¨ï¿¼
The Dr. Eckener rose is pink with golden tones. The pink can vary from pale to very deep and vibrant, and I think this due to availability of iron in the soil. It is very thorny, and in my opinion its characteristics tend towards the rogusa although others characterize it as a hybrid tea. Although it is called a hedge rose, one German nursery I came upon listed it as a climber. The way it can shoot long branches indicates that one might be able to grow it as a climber. The blooms are large with a delightful potent fragrance. It is considered moderately disease resistant. However, in areas where rose diseases such as black spot are very prevalent spraying and an anti-fungal systemic feed may still be needed. The US hardiness zones for this rose ranges from 4 to 9. The shrub can grow to 10 feet in height.
These websites have additional information on the Dr. Eckener Rose:
If anyone is interested in growing one, here are some places a Dr. Eckener rose can be ordered:
There are other nurseries which carry it. I strongly suggest ordering at minimum size a 2 gallon plant.
This year after starting off strong, and inspite of regular spraying, my roses got hit hard and totally defoliated by downy mildew which showed itself fungicide resistant. They have begun recovering and on the birthday of Dr. Eckener — 10 August — my Dr. Eckener rose is showing a bud.