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The Old Shrub Roses: With Chapters on the Evolution of Our Garden

The Old Shrub Roses: With Chapters on the Evolution of Our Garden Roses by C. C. Hurst - Graham Stuart Thomas

London, Toronto & Melbourne: J. M. Dent & Sons in asscociation with the Royal Horticultural Society, 1980, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, now wrapped in a removable protective sleeve with the price clipped. Top edge of the text block tanned. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight.

Includes: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Colour frontispiece;

From the cover: “In recent years there has been a great revival of interest in the old-fashioned ‘shrub roses’, not least because of their power to provide scents which must put the modern rose to shame. Graham Stuart Thomas is the leading authority on these old roses, which date back to Victorian, medieval and even Roman times, and he writes with enthusiasm of the pleasure they have given him, not just in the summer months but also during winter evenings spent culling historical details from old books and catalogues, and associating the many historic figures with the period flowers whose names they bear. In this revised edition he brings his Findings up to date, adding information on all the collections of old shrub roses to be found in England and Wales which can be utilized for study.

The book is divided into two main sections. The first part deals with the development and cultivation of the rose, and includes a contribution from Dr C.C. Hurst on the origin, evolution and genetics of our garden roses, and genealogical tables and notes by Gordon D. Rowley. In the second part Mr Thomas looks at the old roses in cultivation today. Over 200 varieties are described, from the French and Damask roses, the roses of York and Lancaster, and the Rose des Peintres to the later Moss roses.

This fascinating and romantic story of the rediscovery of these ‘lost’ shrub roses in gardens in Europe and the United States will delight gardeners, nurserymen and botanists, as well as artists and historians. It is illustrated with both colour and black and white photographs, and Mr Thomas also cites all the coloured illustrations of roses to be found in the books of the last two centuries.”


Foreword or introduction by V. Sackville-West. Size: 8¾" x 5½". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 232 pages.
£11.80
The Old Shrub Roses: With Chapters on the Evolution of Our Garden