This hybrid tea rose is listed as being in the class "Grandiflora" on
Unfortunately, it appears the Michigan Bulb Company (owned by same
company that owns Spring Hill and Breck's) was the major supplier of
this rose -- unfortunately, because MBC and its siblings are widely
regarded among gardeners as junk mail firms that sucker people into
paying for dead, diseased, and incorrect plants in order to gain their
name, address, and phone number for their mailing lists (don't even
get me started on this company!).
"Because 'Emerald Mist' is actually 'Mint Julep', a rose hybridized by
Jack Christensen and sold exclusively to MBC....who renamed it
'Emerald Mist' for a couple of years, and then named it back its true
name the following year.'"
Like librariankt and leli, I found references saying that this rose is
no longer commercially grown or sold.
"Mint Julep, Ht, 1983 Christensen, 4 - light green w/pink center,
light fragrance, very long lasting, no longer commercially available"
" Sold By: Nurseries and Suppliers selling this Rose.
Retail: Listed by Name | Region.
Photo(s): Sorry, no photos yet. Send some and we'll include them !
aka: AROgresh Emerald Mist
Class: Grandiflora, Hybrid Tea, Large-flowered
Seed: White Masterpiece
Pollen: Queen Elizabeth
Breeding: Bred in United States (1983) by Jack E. Christensen.
Introduced in United States by Armstrong Roses.
Bloom: White, near white & white blend [w] blooms. Mild fragrance.
Repeats its bloom again later in the season.
Size: Height of 2½' .
Notes: Jack Christensen says the buds are pale pink and the
flowers are green... and this rose is no longer available...
A correspondent from Southern California says 'Mint Julep' does well
for her -- she got a couple of plants from the Michigan Bulb Company.
Another correspondent had this to say: This rose seems to do best in
mild weather. Flowers tend to be dull gray when the weather has been
consistently cool. In warm eather, the colors are indeed green with a
pink hue, and hold for quite awhile.
More Info: Parentage list.
Reference list by title or author.
Garden list by name or region.
Nursery / Supplier list by name or region. This is where you can
purchase this Rose."
I'm guessing the gray color caused by cool weather may be one of the
reasons this rose is no longer produced, or possibly it was
particularly susceptible to pests and not profitable to produce.
The links on this page lead to the site mentioned by leli.
and to Armstrong Roses' address:
PO Box 1020
Somis, California 93066
"49. MINT JULEP (AROgresh) Plant Patent #5705 -- Grandiflora -- pale
pink buds and green flowers. Tall. (Seedling of Queen Elizabeth,
believe it or not!) [No longer sold.]"
Jack Christensen was the "Chief Rose Hybridizer for the renowned
Armstrong Nurseries". Interestingly, his website contains links to
several rose companies but NOT one to Armstrong Roses.
Armstrong Roses' (actually Armstrong Garden Centers) online
special-order form can be found here:
. It's not likely, but worth giving them a try to see if they might
have a Mint Julep left around somewhere they would sell to you.
The "Dave's Garden" website has a series of posts from May-June 2002
entitled "Looking for Mint Julep Rose", but you must purchase a
membership to that website to view the posts. There is no indication
whether someone was able to provide a source inside these posts.
"Dave's Garden is a member-supported community, through subscriptions,
similar to a printed magazine. Subscriptions are available at an
annual rate of $15 (US), or a bi-monthly rate of $5 (US)."
A rose aficionado named Kim Rupert appears to have this variety in his
garden. Kim himself appears to be a person of some authority among
rose gardeners. An article by Kim Rupert appears on Paul Barden's "Old
Garden Roses and Beyond" website.
"Jack Christensen's 1983 hybrid, tea, MINT JULEP, rounds out the
group. It has been a tall grower with large, dark foliage in my
garden. It really is what you would expect of a bush produced from
QUEEN ELIZABETH and WHITE MASTERPIECE. The long buds come singly and
in clusters of up to five, with long sepals and strong stems. The
blooms are up to 5", high-centered, and slowly spiral open their 35
large petals of soft apple-green and pale pink. There isn't any
fragrance, but the form and color will last up to two weeks in water."
Kim Rupert's information, and a link to e-mail him, can be found on
this page. You might try e-mailing him to beg nicely as to whether he
would be willing to exchange a graft from one of his Mint Juleps for
one of your varieties that he doesn't have. It's not likely, but it
couldn't hurt to try.
I'm sorry I could not provide a better answer for you. Good Luck!