“Roses enter our hearts in a way that no other plant does.”Horticulturalist Monty Don
Humankind has had a love affair with roses for centuries. Whether it’s the simple single pink wild roses that show up on hillsides and roadsides every spring, the sometimes-finicky darlings in the hybrid tea class, or the old heirloom roses, we are crazy for them.
We plant them in our gardens then fuss, fertilize, spray and prune them. We make paintings and photographs of them, write poems about them, and give them as gifts to those we care about. It’s America’s national flower, and the most popular flower in the world.
Go on a journey through rose history with me (this flower is millions of years old!), and discover heirloom roses of all types and colours, and the stories behind our obsession with roses. Which ones will you grow?
Explore Heirloom Roses
Find out if ‘Buff Beauty’ is right for your garden, and read her story.
Find out how The Yellow Rose of Texas came to British Columbia.