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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year ending July 1, 1921
Vol. LI (1921)

Livingstone, James
Some roses worth growing and how to grow them,   pp. 102-107 PDF (1.5 MB)


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WISCONSIN STATE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
and Greenland have their roses, and one of those indigenous to
Britain (Rosa Spinosissima) is the type from which two or three
hundred varieties, under the name of Scotch roses, have sprung."
Warmer climates, however, have given us a much finer class,
as China, Persia, India, etc., and from such material as the above
have been created by hybridists the innumerable varieties now in
cultivation. Some thirty species are noted by one rosarian and
the varieties of these species, or families, are innumerable.
The study of the history and origin of these species, and their
introduction to cultivation is intensely interesting, but it is ob-
viously impossible in a paper limited to fifteen or twenty minutes,
to even attempt to give an insight into this fascinating study.
If we are to accomplish the objective of this paper, it will be
necessary for us to confine our remarks to such varieties as are
known to be hardy in Wisconsin. There are so many varieties on
the market, most of them good, and nearly all of them suitable
for growing in some locality of this vast country, that it is a
matter of consideration for residents of each section of the coun-
try to consider which varieties are suitable for their locality and
choose those which have been proven hardy. I must confess right
here that I am not a specialist in roses, and there are hundreds
of varieties catalogued that I have had no experience with. I
have usually confined myself to varieties that I knew were hardy
in the locality where I was located, and could be relied on to
give a fair return for the time and money expended on them.
Growing roses is a good deal like growing apples, we all know
that certain varieties of apples do better in some localities than
in others and the commercial grower must choose those varieties
which he knows will prove profitable in his locality. Of course,
there is always a fascination in trying something new, and as
variety is the spice of life, it is also the spice of gardening, and
if we are to keep up our interest we must look for new varieties
to conquer, or be conquered by them. My advice then to the
common or garden variety of gardener, is to go in for the vari-
eties the merits of which have been proven, and go lightly on
those the merits of which are problematical.
For outdoor culture in this part of Wisconsin we have a great
many varieties, some old and some new, that are well worthy of
a place in any garden. Chief of those are the hybrid perpetuals.
This invaluable and popular class has been produced by crossing
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