About the HRG

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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 quarter of a century ago in 1990 by members of the Royal National Rose Society (RNRS) particularly interested in older roses of historical importance. These include species (wild) roses and their hybrids, rare or unusual roses, and those no longer widely grown.

The Historic Roses Group today is a friendly international group of rose enthusiasts, run by volunteers and funded entirely by subscriptions from our members throughout the world. Click here for more information on joining us.

HRG officials and committee

Chairman: Michael Charlesworth
Vice-chairman: Milton Nurse
Membership Secretary: David Houston
Finance officer: Robert Stuart
Treasurer: Roshan Mareachalee
Secretary: Maeve Heneke
Tours organiser: Mary Hember
Journal editor: Kathleen Earley
Webmaster: Kim Winter

Additional committee members

Philip Scott, RHS Rosemoor
David Stone, BEM, RHS AH
John Wood, NT Hinton Ampner