Midlands ‘Old Rose’ Project

2017-05-17 06:00
Foto:Sue Sandrock‘Beauty of Glazenwood’ rose.

Foto:Sue Sandrock‘Beauty of Glazenwood’ rose.

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ROSES of all colours, shapes and sizes flourish in many gardens. An interesting project has been launched by the Midlands Rose Society to locate, identify and list old roses - those bred in the early 1900s and before.
In shape they are often in the form of a rosette or are cup-shaped packed with petals or simply four or five petals.
Some are climbers while others are more shrub-like in appearance and most have a fragrance straight from heaven.

Because many of them only flower in the spring they gradually lost popularity with gardeners and were replaced by the all-successful Hybrid Tea. However, some of the wiser rose growers started collecting these and today they are revered for their drought and disease-free habits, and of course, their irresistible perfume and colours.

The Midlands Rose Society has recognised their importance and there is two-fold project in progress.
By spring this year there will be a new Heritage Rose Garden at Garlington Estate in Hilton - the only other major Rosarium is in Bedford in the Eastern Cape.

The second part of the project is to map the locality of all the old roses in the KZN Midlands. This is part of a worldwide venture to find these “Old World” treasures.  Many of the settlers brought rose cuttings with them in the 1820s and 1850s as reminders of home and many are still to be found on the farms where they were planted many years ago.
If you have old roses in your garden, please contact midlandsrose@gmail.com
Names and history, if available, will be much appreciated and cuttings taken to perpetuate this floral heritage.

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