Our Favorite Resources
We’d like to share some of our favorite organizations and resources on roses with you. We hope you’ll take the chance to learn more about old roses and our history of gardening from these excellent sources.
The Heritage Rose Foundation is the only charitable foundation in the world today whose stated mission is the preservation of old and endangered roses. Its journal is Rosa Mundi; published three times a year, and worth twice the cost of membership. It was founded in 1986.
The Heritage Roses Group is a grassroots fellowship of old rose devotees, with local groups spread across the United States. A quarterly, The Rose Letter, is sent to members for a very inexpensive fee, and has been the best resource available to American gardeners since the group was founded in 1975.
The American Rose Society is the largest organization devoted to roses in the USA. Local groups across the country meet regularly to share their interest in roses. Many of these groups still emphasize showing roses and promote competitions for growing good specimen roses; other groups have moved with the times and now place more value on learning about roses and sharing their successes and failures in a supportive camaraderie. Speak to the president of your local society to find out more about the focus of that group.
Help Me Find Roses is an online information center on roses of all kinds. It is hands down the most extraordinary tool available to rose lovers on the entire Internet. Many thousands of roses are catalogued with information about not only the plants and their origins, but where to find them in commerce and in rose collections worldwide. We encourage you to use and support this remarkable website. Bookmark it! You’ll never want to lose it.
Roger’s Roses is the website of Roger Phillips and Martyn Rix, whose books on roses have been deservedly the most popular publications on roses in the 20th century. This talented team of botanist-photographers has traveled the world recording roses from China to India, Africa to Europe and America. Their photos are unsurpassed by any on the Internet, and their site makes possible a more careful identification of rose varieties than any other.
Rosarian’s Corner is a nifty forum to share ideas and ask questions of other amateur gardeners who love roses. Not strictly a site on old roses, this is one of our favorite places to visit.
GardenWeb, the Antique Roses Forum has been one of the finest sites online to learn about roses from your peers. In recent months there has been some criticism of the overly commercialized nature of the site under its new owners and questions of ownership of posted photos, but IF these problems shake down, GardenWeb will continue to be popular.