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Jack Wiley, grandson of Dorothy Stemler, founder of Roses of Yesterday and Today, assists behind the scenes with plant production and photography at Roses of Yesterday and Today . He is one of the three founders of the innovative software company which licenses technology for creating custom characters, Haptek, Inc., www.haptek.com .

Guinivere (Jenny Vestal) Wiley met Jack Wiley in Santa Cruz, CA in 1996. Jack had taken photography classes from her Uncle, Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, Sam Vestal. The Wiley's family home was only two blocks away from Guinivere's father's childhood home (Jim Vestal www.jimvestal.net, award winning photographer and retired photo editor). Although Guinivere grew up in Sacramento, CA, it was as if she married the boy next door. Jack was her grandmother's paper boy!

After graduating with a degree in English Literature from UC Santa Barbara in 1989, Guinivere lived in Kauai for five years while spending alternate years in South East Asia and India, where she studied Homeopathy and Yoga with Dr. V. P. Khanna of Almora, India. In 1994 and 1995, after spending time in Peru and Bolivia, Guinivere became certified in Advanced Hypnotherapy and HypnoAnesthesiology at the Palo Alto School of Hypnotherapy.

Jack and Guinivere met the year his mother and father closed down the rose business, in 1996. Guinivere proposed opening the garden on the honor system, so the garden and potted roses would be available every day year-round. In 1998, Guinivere began running Roses of Yesterday and Today with Jack's help, and in 1999 they married. In December, 2000, they had their son and the business has continued to be a family affair.

Guinivere currently indulges her love of painting by offering customers custom painted vases for their roses. Besides managing the day to day tasks at Roses of Yesterday, she also teaches about Emotional Intelligence and is the Operations Director at the non-profit organization Six Seconds, The Emotional Intelligence Network (www.6seconds.org).

 

 

 

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