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Helpful Links for Rose Enthusiasts

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The American Rose Society

The official site of the American Rose Society (ARS) is dedicated to the enjoyment, enhancement, and promotion of the rose, and features articles and links to help rose growers.

Colonial District, American Rose Society

PRS is located in the Colonial District which is one of the 18 regional districts of the American Rose Society encompassing Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. PRS rosarians take pride in promoting the rose and helping people with their rose problems.

Ordering Roses

There are many online sources for roses. Below are some vendors that Potomac Rose Society members have used and recommend.

Earth-Kind Roses

Earth-Kind is a special designation given to select rose cultivars by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service through the Earth-Kind landscaping program. Based on the results of extensive research and field trials, this designation is awarded only to those roses demonstrating superior pest tolerance combined with outstanding landscape performance.

American Garden Rose Selections

American Garden Rose Selections™ recognizes and recommends the best garden-worthy rose varieties for the various regions of the US through testing, and provides objective and reliable information to the general public.

Research Tools and Photos

Help Me Find Roses, Clematis and Peonies is an excellent resource when looking for detailed information on specific roses. The site has a catalog of over 44,000 roses and more than 160,000 photos, along with information on thousands of rose nurseries, public and private gardens, rose societies, authors, breeders, hybridizers, and publications from all over the world.

In conjunction with their Rose Days, the California Center for Urban Horticulture at UCDavis provides Rose Resources written by ARS Consulting Rosarians, rose breeders, companies and researchers.

Roses ABC is a digital rose encyclopedia with several tools to help identify and find roses by their key characteristics, by category, alphabetically by name, by description, etc.

FTD provides a visual guide with photos and a clear description of types of roses.

Heritage Rose Foundation

The Heritage Rose Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1986, devoted to the preservation of old roses.

American Rose Trials for Sustainability

American Rose Trials for Sustainability has as its mission: To identify, through regional evaluation and testing under low-input conditions, the most disease- and pest-resistant, hardiest, and most garden-worthy rose cultivars, and to provide objective, accurate and reliable information about the cultivars tested for each region to industry professionals and the gardening public.

President: David Zlesak, Rose Breeder at Star Roses and Associate Professor of Horticulture at the University of Wisconsin River Falls

Treasurer: Gaye Hammond, Former President Houston Rose Society

Rose Clean Stock Program

The UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has a Rose Clean Stock Program as part of their Foundation Plant Services to promote disease and virus free roses. Their roses are supplied to the garden rose nursery industry.

DUG Network

The DC Urban Gardeners (DUG) Network has a wealth of information to promote, support and grow urban agriculture through building connections.

Gardening with Kids

Kids Gardening provides resources to support educators and caregivers who bring the life-changing benefits of gardening to kids. They also provide a growing guide for roses.

Top photo of Bee’s Knees by Rich Baer