Mail Order Madness
Local Retail Nurseries
Local Public Rose Gardens
General Rose Information etc.
American Rose Society is a great resource for rose information, including local society lists and Consulting
Rosarians available by email.
- The Pacific Northwest
District of the American Rose Society contains links to all the local
districts in the PNW District (Oregon, Washington, Idaho,
western Montana, British Columbia and Alaska). Here you
can find rose show dates, local society websites, rose show
results, and much more.
Roses is a site that catalogs rose varieties, with photos,
descriptions, and nursery sources.
Portland Rose Society was established in 1888 and is host to one of the premier
rose shows in the country every year.
Tacoma Rose Society
was founded in 1911, and maintains the Point
Defiance Park Rose Garden in Tacoma.
For over 25 years Roger Phillips and Martyn Rix have been growing,
studying, photographing and writing about roses, and
they now have a collection of more than 4500 photographs, with
the number still increasing. They have published over 1200
rose photographs on their web site.
Rose Gardening Tips and Techniques for organic rose
Bugs and Roses Home Page Baldo Villegas is a professional entomologist who shares his love of bugs with a love of
roses. The site contains information on entomology resources, IPM, biological control of
insects and weeds, sources of beneficial organisms, and much more.
Roses is a British company that is also the site of the Royal National Rose Society.
Agriscape is an online directory and search engine for agricultural professionals to research
topics on agriculture and surrounding industries.
Poison-Free Pest Control and Safer Products is a commercial site for people who are concerned about using
traditional pesticides to solve pest problems.
Foundation is dedicated to the preservation of old roses. Their
website is a wealth of information on growing and identifying
old roses, along with links to gardens, historic articles and
catalogs, seminars, conferences, books and journals.
- Great Plant Picks
is an educational plant awards program of
outstanding plants for the maritime Pacific Northwest.
Administered by the
C. Miller Botanical Garden, GPP relies on a selection
committee of horticultural experts from throughout the region.
See their list of acceptable roses on our Growing page.
- DripWorks is a
great online source for DIY drip irrigation systems - information,
design tips, and supplies. They have unique 'Easy Loc'
fittings that are just the thing for those of us with weak hands.
I won't use anything else anymore.
- Territorial Seed
in Cottage Grove, OR is the source for not just seeds for cool
climates, but gardening supplies as well - frost blankets, soil heat
mats, cloches, shears, books, trugs, labels, cold frames and parts,
grafting supplies ...
The Seattle Tree Fruit Society has tons of information on those
other members of the Rose family that so many rosarians also grow:
the apples, cherries, plums, pears etc. Especially interesting
are pages on identifying unknown apples, and taking scions for
Mail Order Madness
Emporium 800-441-0002 9300 Lueckemeyer Rd., Brenham,
Own-root Antique, Earth-Kind, Pioneer and Old Garden roses in 2g
10926 US Hwy. 69 North Tyler, Texas 75706-5933 800-256-7673
1g roses. The original source of Earth-Kind roses. Austins,
Bucks, minis, some own-root roses.
David Austin Roses
Ltd. 15393 Hiway 64 West, Tyler, TX 75704
2-year old, field grown, budded plants on
Dr. Huey. Shipped bare root starting in January. Most of Austin’s
complete output (some seem to have been discontinued) plus OGRs and
some modern roses. Nice website, good pix, some cultural
For Love of
Roses 499 Lucy Kelly Road, Brighton, TN 38011 (330)
Own-root mini, mini-flora, and single roses in 6" pots.
For Love of Roses is acquiring the rose assets of hybridizer
Whit Wells, and will carry other hybridizer's lines as well.
Exhibition and garden roses.
Road, Garberville, CA 95542 (707) 986-7504. A
self-described comprehensive collection of the genus Rosa.
Selections from every major class and growth habit, with an
emphasis on historical importance, beauty, rarity, and disease
resistance. Two-gallon own-root plants grown outdoors,
shipped January through April, root balls wrapped in plastic
bags. Order by phone, payment by check or money order.
Fascinating website, elegantly written, very informative.
They also sell rare heirloom fruit trees, individually grafted
on specialty rootstocks.
Heirloom Roses 24062 NE Riverside Dr., St. Paul, OR 97137
Own-root plants. Greenhouse grown, first-year plants in 2” bands.
They guarantee virus-free plants. Outstanding selection, especially
of varieties from England; OGRs, brand new roses, and everything in
between. Great website.
High Country Roses
9122 East Highway 40 PO Box 148 Jensen, Utah 800-552-2082.
Potted own-root roses in quart containers. Specializing in
Northland Rosarium 9405 S. Williams Ln., Spokane, WA 99224
An eclectic collection of roses, old and
new. Own root plants shipped in 1-qt.containers. Good selection of
Griffith Buck roses.
2108 Four Mile Creek Road, RR #3 Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario.
Roses are budded onto Multiflora seedlings. Specializing
in fragrant and hardy roses.
Pickering Nurseries 670 Kingston Rd., Pickering, Ont. Canada L1V
2 year old budded plants on multiflora japonica, shipped bare
root. Extensive selection of old and new roses, many new
varieties from Europe. Good website. Unfortunately they
are not shipping in 2015 but hope to reopen in 2016.
Regan Nursery 4268 Decoto Rd., Freemont, CA 94558
Budded roses from most major growers, shipped bare root. Advertises
over 1000 varieties. Takes orders only from November 1 through
Rogue Valley Roses
P.O. Box 116, Phoenix, OR 97535
Potted own-root “antique, rare, and exceptional roses”. New home
for the roses of Paul Barden of Corvallis, OR.
Rosemania 4020 Trail
Ridge Dr., Franklin, TN 37067
Bare root roses from Weeks. Minis and minifloras from Tucker and
others. Large supply of pesticide products.
Roses Unlimited 363 N. Deerwood Dr., Laurens, SC 29360
Huge collection of new and old roses,
including all AARS winners from 1940 to the present. Own root,
container-grown plants, shipped in 1-gal. containers.
Vintage Gardens 2833 Old Gravenstein Hwy S., Sebastopol, CA
Probably the largest selection of roses in North America.
Nursery is closed, but Friends of Vintage Roses is maintaining
the collection and an online database will be available in the
Wisconsin Roses 7939 31st Ave., Kenosha, WI 53142
Bare root “maiden” plants (budded but not yet sprouted) on
understock. Small selection of modern florist and
exhibition roses, many unique offerings, some from Mississippi
hybridizer Eddie Edwards. Sells virus-free rootstocks for
DIY budding. Check/money order only, order by phone or
Local Retail Nurseries
- Bark & Garden Center at 3334 Mud Bay Rd in west Olympia, between
Cooper Point Rd and Evergreen Parkway, is a full-service nursery
with a good selection of roses.
- The Barn is another full-service nursery, at 9510 Old Highway
99, south of 93rd Avenue SW, between Tumwater and Tenino.
Gordon's Garden Center at 308 E Yelm Avenue in downtown Yelm is
another full-service nursery with a large selection of roses and
organic gardening products. Their rose selection is geared
towards those needing less chemicals.
Island Roses specializes in ... roses. Thousands of roses.
Nothing but roses, as far as the eye can see. Definitely worth
the drive - if you like roses. No antique roses, though; modern only. At 7201 Rosedale Avenue NW in Gig Harbor, west of
Highway 16, and east of Rosedale Nursery, on the north side of the
road. Owned and operated by a member of the Tacoma Rose
Society and his family.
Local Public Rose Gardens
The Centennial Rose Garden,
on the grounds of the Schmidt Mansion in Tumwater, Washington,
is maintained by the Olympia Rose Society for the enjoyment of
the public. The garden contains over 300 roses.
The garden is open without charge 8:00-4:30 M-F. The
address is 330 Schmidt Place, near the old Olympia Brewery.
- Priest Point Park, in
Olympia, Washington is host to a small but well maintained rose
garden. Operated by Olympia Parks, Recreation and Cultural
Services, the Park is a total of 282 acres with Puget Sound Budd
Inlet views, Puget Lowland forest, hiking trails, picnic areas, and
access to gravel beaches. Boston Harbor Road runs through the
park, and the rose garden is in the section of the park on the east side
of the road.
- Point Defiance Park,
in Tacoma, Washington is home to a beautiful rose garden. It
is maintained by park staff with the assistance of the Tacoma
- A small but lovely garden is the
E.V. Baker Memorial Garden in Tacoma. It is located
in the central plaza of the MultiCare Medical Center hospital
complex, near downtown Tacoma. Designed as a healing influence
for the patients of Tacoma General and Mary Bridge Children's
hospital, it is visible from many patient rooms. The garden is
maintained by professional staff with the assistance of the Tacoma
The Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden includes an
all-organic rose garden maintained by the Seattle Rose
Society. The garden is located on 24th Ave S in
SeaTac, north of the airport and near the Community Center
and Senior Center. There is also a Japanese garden, a
Paradise garden, and displays maintained by the iris,
daylily, and fuchsia societies.
Soil and Plant Laboratories was used by Sunset
Magazines to run an analysis on Starbucks used coffee grounds for a
magazine article. Jan Ignash likes them too; she says to use
the Anaheim office rather than San Jose. (714) 282-8777
4741 E. Hunter Ave. Unit A Anaheim, CA 92807.
- Thurston Conservation
District can do basic soil tests for county residents.
(360) 754-3588, 2918 Ferguson Street SW Bldg 1, Suite A Tumwater, WA
University of Massachusetts is recommended by WSU Extenstion.
(413) 545-2311 Fax: (413) 545-1931
Soil and Plant Tissue Testing Lab, West Experiment Station, 682
North Pleasant Street, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Earth Co. is recommended by users of the GardenWeb Roses forum.
They offer nitrate nitrogen tests, manure analyses, etc. They
also offer a soil particle analysis but you can easily do that
yourself with instructions on this web
Earthfort (541) 257-2612 635 SW Western Blvd Corvallis OR
Recommended by members of the Corvallis Rose Society. They
test your soil microbiology, not nutrients or physical composition.
They can tell you what your soil's microbial population is like,
testing for mass of bacteria, protozoa, fungi, nematodes etc.
They can test roots for mycorrhizal colonization, and they can test
soil for E. coli and for nitrogen cycling potential. They
cater primarily to the agricultural community but the CRS is using
them in revamping their society rose garden. Earthfort also
sells organic fertilizers, amendments, and compost tea.