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A massive book, with a simple, all-encompassing title like The Rose, brings with it complex expectations, associations, and inevitable comparisons. Every year numerous books on roses are published, and it takes genuine substance to rise above the quaint how-to or pretty picture book. Something more must be offered: a depth of knowledge and experience, heartfelt opinions expressed freely, true passion, and a critical eye. Of course, “rock star” status as a rose breeder, rose grower par excellence, and learned author doesn’t hurt. David Austin is all of these, and his writing here reflects a lifetime of living with, studying, and creating roses. For nearly half a century, Austin has been re-working the very idea of what roses are, and how and why we should grow them. As with Austin’s previous books, the writing is spare and sure, the voice clear, and, while this work covers familiar territory, it is with a sense of maturity and wisdom that he guides us through the intriguing world of roses—his own, and the remarkably varied forms that have come down through history.

At the turn of the last century, the era of the hybrid tea rose was in full bloom. Every season brought new introduc...

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