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Finally, we have a book that addresses the notion of growing roses in an environmentally friendly manner. To sustain a garden of America's national flower is to avoid the old methods that depended upon synthetic chemicals and pesticides, and to focus on growing disease-resistant, low-maintenance kinds of roses. Much discussion has gone before, but this is the first volume to address ways of achieving success.

Roses have been on our planet for countless millennia (the oldest physical remains of a rose were found in Colorado). The earliest species (the once-bloomers) have endured without help from anything but Nature herself. Down the hill from my home is a ridge lined with Rosa californica, all blooming in the spring with small, five-petaled, pink flowers, disease-free and thriving without irrigation or fertilizer.

Over the centuries, hybridizers have worked diligently to combine and recombine roses with reblooming genes to produce much of what we find in our gardens today. Those of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries increased the color range and floral fragrance, as shrubs and climbers gained popularity. In the past century, certain types, such as the hybrid tea, began t...


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