Rose Societies, Groups and Newsletters

It is always a joy to receive a newsletter in the mail. It's like a call from an old friend, who is updating you on the newest information.

The following are some that I can recommend:

1. The American Rose Society: Sometimes it is wise to find an affiliated society in your area, where you can meet, and possibly work on a local garden.
You can find out about this through the American Rose Society. The annual and 11 newsletters (colorful, magazine type) are a fine source of material on roses.

2. The American Rose Rambler: Contact Peter Schneider Contains: Combined Rose List updates, book and catalogue reviews, feedback from readers, articles about exhibiting, new varieties, old garden roses, english roses and shrubs, importing details, independent viewpoints on important rose issues, reports on rose events, and news from around the rose world.

4. Les Amis du Roseraie du Val-de-Marne: Les Amis de la Roseraie du Val-de-Marne was formed to express the interests of the rose and its historical significance at l'Haÿ-les-Roses. The association is made up of amateurs, growers, hybridizers, collectors, and scientists at the international level. Members study, preserve, popularize and support the roses and the art of the garden, as well as its future extension at Vitry-sur-Seine.
To become a member of the Association Les Amis de la Roseraie du Val-de-Marne please contact:

Les Amis de la Roseraie du Val-de-Marne
Rue Albert Watel
94240 l'Haÿ-les-Roses

Also see my pages on l'Haÿ-les-Roses, Roseraie du Val-de-Marne

5. Canadian Rose Society: Useful site for hardy roses

9. Rosa Gallica: Une Association dynamique, un bulletin bimestriel, une Collection nationale de roses anciennes, un conservatoire, des publications originales et des nouvelles en ligne.

An excellent case can be made for the Gallica Rose as the rose world's longuest running success story. Its genes strongly influence the class of great beauty to which it gives its name. It is a progenitor of virtually all old roses, and, through subsequent interbreeding, of most modern roses too. Its images on the walls of Pompei and Herculanum, and arguably at Knossos also, are among the very few rose depictions that survive from the ancient world. And for centuries it has been valued for cosmetic, medical and culinary use.

Professeur François Joyaux has studied the Gallica class intensively, and the fruits of his research are found in the handsomely produced volume La Rose de France of 1998. Seeing the urgent need to safeguard the Gallica heritage, which had reduced from over three thousand varieties at its zenith to a mere three hundred, he was inspired to form the ROSA GALLICA Association, and under its auspices to establish the National Collection of Gallica Roses at La Cour de Commer, in northwestern France. At Commer, the surviving Gallicas are maintained, identities checked and compared against records. The Association's interests extend to all old roses generally, and all aspects, such as their origins, development, culture and the fruits of DNA research, likely to be of special interest to lovers of historic roses.

The Association's first ROSA GALLICA magazine, edited by Professeur Joyaux, was published in 1999. Over thirty further issues have since appeared. As a subscriber, I have found their contents a continuing source of both education and enjoyment, and as a rose writer I keep them handy for frequent reference on my shelves. As well as the subject matter indicated above, there are notes on breeding work by French nurserymen, and fascinating extracts from publications which are not easily accessible.

Hitherto they have been doubly inaccessible for those who do not read French. It is therefore welcome news that the best pieces from ROSA GALLICA will henceforth appear in English, and thus deservedly reach a wider public.-Peter Harkness.

Click here for more information on the Rosa Gallica newsletters now available in English.

10. Roses Anciennes en France: The newest, most priviledged information on Ancient Roses. This newsletter is written in French and translated into English.

13. The South Coast Rose Society: To see a sample newsletter in pdf format (please allow a few seconds to load), please link here.

16. The World Federation of Rose Societies: An association of the national Rose Societies of 36 countries and your gateway to information about the Rose around the world.