Easy-Care Roses: Low-Maintenance Charmers

Don't be a slave to your roses! Experts from every region tell you how to select, plant, and maintain gorgeous roses without pampering—including how to ward off insects and diseases while avoiding routine doses of chemicals. You'll find scores of fabulous—and unfussy— recommended roses.

  • A New Look at Roses, by Stephen Scanniello
  • Classifying Roses, by Stephen Scanniello
  • Old Roses
    • Finding Old Roses, by Ruth Knopf
    • Cemetery Roses Live On, by Teri Tillman
    • Propagating Roses From Cuttings, by Malcolm M. Manners
    • A Mystery Rose, by Charles A. Walker Jr.
  • Species Roses, by Karlton Holmes
  • Miniature Roses, by Sue Feldbaum
  • Chemical-Free Rose Care, by Liz Druitt
    • Nine Top Rose Pests and Pathogens
    • Pruning Easy-care Roses
    • Drip Irrigation for Roses
    • Oz and Audrey Osborn
    • Keeping Deer at Bay, by Joyce Demits
  • Landscaping With Roses, by Gregg Lowery
  • A Mixed Garden With Roses, by John and Marie Butler
  • Easy-Care Roses by Region
    • Roses for the Northeast & Lower Midwest, by John and Marie Butler
    • Roses for Cold Climates, by Willene B. Clark
    • Roses for the South
    • A Rose Garden in the Deep South, by Ida Sharp
    • A Southeast Coastal Rose Garden, by Ruth Knopf
    • Roses for Texas & the Southwest, by Mike Shoup
    • Roses for the Northwest, by John Clements
    • Roses for California, by Phillip Robinson
    • Roses for the Inner City, by Jim Joannides
  • Our Rosy Future, by Tom Carruth
  • Suppliers
  • Recommended Reading
  • Contributors

John and Marie Butler are amateur gardeners and old-rose enthusiasts in Chesterfield, Viriginia.

Tom Carruth is the hybridizer for Weeks Wholesale Rose Grower in Upland, California. He has worked in rose research for more than 18 years. Some of his roses include 'Crystalline', 'Fire 'n' Ice', 'Origami', 'Columbus', 'Heartbreaker' and 'Flutterbye'.

Willene Clark is professor of art history at Marlboro College in Vermont, specializing in medieval and Victorian art. She grows roses and perennials around her mountainside home.

John Clements is owner of Heirloom Old Garden Roses in St. Paul, Oregon, where he plants 40,000 rose seeds each year with an emphasis on breeding shrub and old garden roses. He has been growing roses commercially for 24 years, including old garden roses, and David Austin English Roses for the past eight years.

Joyce Demits began collecting old garden roses and "lost roses" in Mendocino County and elsewhere in northern California 30 years ago. She is a member of the Heritage Rose Group, the Royal National Rose Society of Great Britain, and the Mendocino County Botanical Gardens.

Liz Druitt is a writer and gardener fascinated by historic plants and organic growing. She was Retail Garden Manager at the Antique Rose Emporium in Brenham, Texas, for three years, and co-authored the book, Landscaping with Antique Roses (1992, Taunton Press). Liz now operates her own garden consulting business, Creative Plots.

Sue Feldbaum gardens in Brooklyn, New York, on a too small plot with too many roses.

Karl Holmes is a horticultural consultant, garden designer and gardener. He is the former Rose Care Specialist at Harvard University's Arnold Arboretum.

Jim Joannides has gardened in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He presently takes care of the rose plot at the Liz Christy Bowery Garden in New York City.

Richard A. Klingensmith is a volunteer in the Cranford Rose Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. He raises roses, vegetables and berries in his backyard garden in Queens, New York.

Ruth Knopf is a native of South Carolina who has collected and grown old roses for 18 years. She studies and photographs roses during her extensive travels in the U.S. and abroad.

Gregg Lowery owns and operates Vintage Gardens, in Sebastopol, California, a retail and mail-order own-root rose nursery. He also grows more than 2,000 varieties of roses, both antique and modern, in his own collection.

Dr. Malcolm Manners is Associate Professor of Citrus and Ornamental Horticulture at Florida Southern College, where he manages a collection of more than 400 rose varieties and teaches courses in plant propagation. He is secretary and a trustee of the Heritage Rose Foundation and editor for the Central Florida Heritage Rose Society.

Oz and Audrey Osborn are the past President and Secretary of the Garden State Rose Club of Tenafly, New Jersey. In addition to their six children, four grandchildren and two dogs, they enjoy their 350 rose bushes and going rose rustling throughout New Jersey.

Phillip Robinson has been an avid gardener since the age of eight, having learned his craft in the East Bay community of San Leandro, California. He is horticulturist at Korbel Champagne Cellars, where he restored the gardens surrounding the Korbel family summer home, the Korbel House. Today he coordinates all aspects of the landscape and gardens of Korbel

Stephen Scanniello is a world-renowned rosarian and curator of the Cranford Rose Garden in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. He is co-author of Roses of America and Climbing Roses, and served as consultant and contributing author on several other horticultural books, among them the upcoming new edition of the Bush-Brown America's Garden Book and the recently released American Horticulture Society Encyclopedia of Gardening. He is chairperson for the Heritage Rose Foundation.

Ida Sharp is a native of Louisiana who is continuing her family tradition by growing roses both for pleasure and for commerce. Her specialty is antique roses, which she displays and grows at her cottage garden called Rose Hill Garden, north of Baton Rouge.

Mike Shoup owns and operates the Antique Rose Emporium in Brenham, Texas, a nursery devoted to the preservation and distribution of old garden roses.

Teri Tillman grows old roses, wildflowers and native plants around her restored 1840s home in Natchez, Mississippi.

Charles A. Walker, Jr. is president of the Heritage Rose Foundation. He has grown and studied heritage roses for more than 20 years.

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