Historic roses are timeless and beautiful old roses from past centuries which continue to deserve a place in today’s gardens, however large or small.
With their classic “old-fashioned” charm and graceful forms, the soft petals and delicate colours of old roses are often accompanied by a deliciously rich and powerful fragrance.
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.
As well as the Historic Rose Journal, we have produced illustrated booklets by specialist writers on many aspects of historic roses.
Benefits of HRG membership
Benefits include tailor-made advice, day visits and workshops, and the opportunity to meet fellow rose lovers.
The aims of the Historic Roses Group 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.
Top 10 starter roses
Are you new to old roses? Try our top 10 starter roses for their repeat-flowering, fragrance, beauty and disease-resistance.
A brief history of old roses
Find out more about the rose groups that have evolved to form the backbone of this popular garden flower.