Rosing Around on the Web
by Carolyn Grayson
The World Wide Web has become a wonderful source of information and resources for all kinds of topics and roses are no exception. For those of you who are web-surfers, there are a host of sites that can provide
· Information about growing roses, from recommendations from other gardeners for those that grow well in shade, to help from the consulting rosarians at the ARS
· Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about roses where you may find just the answer to your puzzling question
· Sources for mail-order roses and sites that will help you find that rose you've been longing for.
Here, for you to benefit from my four hours of searching the web (thank goodness for the flat rate plan), are some sites I've found that might be of interest. This is by no means a complete and exhaustive list (I became exhausted before my list did).
A good place to start is the website of the ARS at http://www.ars.org/. The site navigation is a little obtuse; select from the purple menu bar at the top of the page.
Two general sites are:
If you're looking to exchange information with other rose enthusiasts, who may perhaps answer your questions, or perhaps you can answer theirs, visit The Antique Rose Advisor (1) and (2) at http://www.sonic.net/webgrafix/roseboard
Speaking of exchanging information and plants, you can visit the site of The Garden Doctor at http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/Vines/7707/john_starnes.html. If you think you've got roses, you should check out the list of what's in his garden. He also runs a wish list for people looking for pollen or budwood for roses. Mayhap he could be persuaded to part with budwood from one in his garden; it might be worth a try.
If you'd like some recommendations for roses that do well in shade, check out:
Though Donna is just a "fan" she gardens in California so her recommendations have some validity for us. At the bottom of her page, she offers links to growers, nurseries, other sites. The second site has more extensive tables of types of roses and which ones do well in shade.
As for some of the individual rose growers or nurseries sites, here's a selection (many of which can be reached via the ARS and colorado.edu sites noted above):
Jackson & Perkins
Roses of Yesterday
White Rabbit Roses
If you still haven't found that special rose you're looking for, you can go to http://www.findmyroses.com/. At last this site is up! They will search their worldwide resources of 4,800 roses and find a source for the one you want. The source for the one I want turned out to be Australia (but I can get it much closer to home if I want to pay for custom rooting it). Anyway, it's worth a try if what you want is rare.
And for a strange, eclectic site, but with beautiful photos of roses, visit http://www.nrao.edu/~mstephen/ros99.htm. Nuff said there.
South Coast Chapter of American Rose Society
Last updated 18 January 2004
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