Old fashion roses are so much tougher than modern roses. I have a close friend that is very active in saving old roses from cemeteries or old homes about to be bulldozed. I uploaded three pictures of roses (in Photo section)that have been saved and are now being sold on the market if you know where to look.
Here is a little info about my friend "Jeri Jennings and her husband Clay founded the Gold Coast Heritage Roses Group, a chapter of the Heritage Roses Group, in 2002. Jeri edits the group’s quarterly newsletter and administers its Listserver discussion group. The Jennings garden in Camarillo, California, state currently numbers between 300 and 400 roses—principally old garden roses, species roses, and shrub roses. Both are interested in rose history and in the preservation and “rescue” of old, rare, and endangered roses."
She gave me the following info and permission to post "“Rose Rustling” has changed in recent years. It’s still great rollicking fun to explore deserted cemeteries on crisp fall days. But the search for forgotten roses is only the beginning of the process. True disciples of Mrs. Keays, today’s “Rose Rustlers” emphasize study and identification as strongly as collection and propagation. The spread of internet-based rose discussion has greatly aided this process."
The Heritage Roses Groups and the Heritage Rose Foundation offer web sites through which the seeker can contact others of like mind. On-line discussion groups provide platforms for exchange of plant and provenance details, in a team-approach that tends to correct and verify information. Call it “Collection-By-Committee,” this process creates a world-wide exchange of information that would amaze Frances Lester and Mrs. Keays."
For more info if you are interested: Gold Coast Heritage Roses Group: http://www.goldcoastrose.org The Heritage Roses Group (National) http://www.theheritagerosesgroup.org/ http://www.heritagerosegroup.org/home.ht m
Some of these found roses can be purchased at rosesofyesterdayandtoday.com"
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