Previous articles published in Historic Rose Journal

Here are some examples of articles published by the Historic Rose Journal, which is published twice a year.   My Favourite Roses by Graham Stuart Thomas In his book of 1894, The Book of the Rose, A. Foster-Melliar attributed this verse to Sappho, a Greek poetess who was born about 600 BC. “Would Jove appoint […]

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Old Blush China rose

Repeat flowering old roses part II by Peter Harkness

The true heralds of the age of repeat-flowering roses are the Chinas. And by now the story has moved well into their era. Indeed, as early as 1529 what, according to Graham Thomas, appears to be a pink China rose was depicted by the Florentine painter Angelo Bronzino, but as far as anyone knows it […]

Our publications

Historic Rose Journal Twice a year all our members receive the Historic Rose Journal free. It publishes informative articles on old roses, their history, cultivation and merits, reviews interesting new books, reports on the group’s varied activities and publicises future shows and events. For more information please contact  Illustrated booklets As well as the Historic Rose Journal, […]


The Historic Roses Group is a friendly international group of rose enthusiasts, run by volunteers and funded entirely by subscriptions from our members throughout the world. HRG members can: gain tailor-made advice on how to care for their roses exchange ideas and knowledge with fellow rose-lovers join our day visits to specialist gardens with old […]

About the HRG

The Historic Roses Group recognises the importance of unique and beautiful older roses. Its aims are: to encourage interest in timeless historic roses to enable everyone to grow and enjoy roses of the past today to explore the rich history of older roses and promote further research. The Historic Roses Group was founded over a […]