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One of the most striking horticultural developments of recent years has been the reappearance of the so-called old roses, which almost vanished when the first hybrid tea rose was cultivated in 1867....

Title : In Search of Lost Roses
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ISBN : 13631368
Format Type : Library Binding
Number of Pages : 234 Pages
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In Search of Lost Roses Reviews

  • Becky Loader
    2018-11-03 01:45

    I am an amateur gardener and historian. I heard about this book from a friend who shares those two attributes, and oh, my goodness, she was right. A trek through the country looking for old type roses and meeting people and learning history provides much fodder for thought. I was especially interested in how much time was spent in old graveyards, where relatives would plant rose bushes as memorials. They unwittingly provided a treasure trove for future generations. I also was intrigued by the story of "Old Blush," the rose that is pictured in the background of the photos of Lee's surrender at Appomattox. What a wonderful story to read when there is snow on the ground! Thanks, Peggy!

  • Mary Catelli
    2018-10-28 00:34

    The author recounts both his own experience in search of old roses -- roses whose varieties predate the Hybrid Tea rose, which has taken over so thoroughly -- and various chapters of the history of the rose. A far from complete history, but it has some interesting part.The rediscovery of the true musk rose -- which, BTW, blooms in the fall, not the summer.The development of cemeteries, and how roses were planted on graves. People looking for old roses often check out old cemeteries, and take samples from the bushes they find there. Identifying them can be -- quite interesting.Roses in ancient Rome, where a farmer could do quite well with "coronary flowers" -- flowers used to make crowns at banquets. Roses were one of the best, and they prized them most for the smell -- unlike modern roses!How an archaeologist found the oldest roses known to be used in a funeral ceremony -- ancient Egyptian. Recognizably a rose still in use for that purpose.How Empress Josephine took to horticulture as Napoleon got bored with her, and part of that was the roses. (They get mentioned in her obituary.) She collected as many strains as she could which had a big impact on European rose breeding. Particularly since her husband brought back yellow roses from the Middle East. Most strains of yellow roses are descended from those yellow roes.Roses from China. The Tea roses were brought by the tea trade -- but they were called "tea" because they smelled of tea. (The author had actually smelled one of the original, authentic rose and says -- Oolong.) Many of which were taken out with the same tact and sensitivity as they got their hands on tea and silkworms. And they were, of course, renamed by their "discoverers."Roses in California. The gold rush territory is a mother lode of old roses. Carefully brought by the women and cherished there. The first man to collect them was able to actually speak to the settlers who planted them in some cases. Nowadays, there is much more fun in figuring out what they are.My rose experience is limited to checking out the local rose garden in the public park -- some years. It was still a fascinating book, full of stuff.

  • Jenny's Book Life
    2018-11-14 05:53

    *** 5 Stars = An enduring classic to be read by all; 4 Stars = I LOVE IT! You gotta read it!; 3 Stars = A great book for a specific interest/type of reader/very casual read; 1 or 2 Stars = no comment***This book is a very, very, very detailed account of hunting for old roses and the history of how the vintage roses came to be rediscovered, re-cultivated, and so popular among rose enthusiasts now. I grew up with parents who always had rose gardens and so I went into this read with some understanding of roses. They are a tricky, wonderful flower to grow and I chose this book because I am interested in them.I really ended up skimming through a lot of this book because it entailed lists upon lists of complicated rose genealogies and the morphing of rose names and the people who have historically been behind the rose cultivation scene since very early times.I loved learning about some of the places 'rose hunters' go looking for these original bushes, mainly cemeteries!, but I am sure by this time even those have been picked over. It's a complicated and obsessive hobby.This book was so well-researched but would only be recommended to someone who is 100% involved with antique roses.

  • Margaret
    2018-11-17 02:28

    I thought this a thoroughly fascinating book on Christopher's quest to find the old roses that fell out of fashion and were almost lost when the new-fangled hybrid tea roses were introduced in the late nineteenth century. Christopher tells of the history of old roses, from the Romans' love of them to the Empress Josephine's fabulous collection at Malmaison, and of the rose enthusiasts who are trying to bring them back, collecting them ("rustling" them, in Texas) wherever they can find them. There are no photographs or illustrations (other than small pen-and-ink drawings at chapter headings), but Christopher describes the roses so vividly that this isn't at all a drawback. Obviously I've become somewhat of a rose freak and would find almost any rose book worthwhile, but I think even a non-rosarian would find this wonderful book engrossing.

  • Ammie
    2018-11-01 23:48

    A nice little book, but I had to keep stopping because i just couldn't handle reading the word "rose" one more time. I'm a florist, so you can bet my customers who ask about garden roses are going to be getting an earful in the future, but overall I found the pacing just slightly draggy. Still a good book and worthwhile if you're genuinely interested in rose history, but perhaps not so much for the less ddicated.

  • Michele
    2018-11-06 01:24

    Unfortunately, Mr. Christopher injects far too much of his own prejudice and opinions of other cultures into this book about roses and the people who grow them. As a southerner, I read his descriptions of southern rose growers and their accents with gritted teeth. He seems to have an opinion on every group. I just read the passage in which he calls the monks who preserved Western Civilization "semiliterate critics."

  • Kathy
    2018-11-02 02:50

    This was actually a re read; I first came across this book in the late 1980's, a time in which a dear friend and I had spent a bit over a decade stumbling through a major rose addiction, novice and enthusiastic gardeners that we were.It still holds up, and is as good as a thriller for the rose obsessed, full of wit and adventure and random encounters.

  • Peggy L
    2018-11-07 00:30

    For the adventurous gardener! This book is the tale of rose rustlers and historians. Read only if you are ready to strap on your pruners and ride the trail of old cemetaries and abandoned farmhouses. I LOVED this book so much that I read it far! Non-Fiction and lots of fun!

  • Emily
    2018-11-16 23:29

    An interesting nonfiction read for those curious about the history of roses.

  • Chicory Poetry
    2018-10-29 02:28

    I have read this little book many times. I finally found the hardcover version last year I am a seed saver & heirloom vegetable researcher ... wish I were a "rose rustler"

  • Anne
    2018-11-14 01:34

    A fascinating look into the history of old roses, many of which had stopped being commercially cultivated when the modern roses were introduced.

  • Beth
    2018-11-15 05:51

    Beautiful book with fascinating info on old roses. And lovely descriptions.