What are historic roses?

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. Many old roses are […]

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 editor@historicroses.org  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 […]

Autumn pruning and cuttings workshop

John Wood, head gardener at Hinton Ampner, held an autumn pruning and cuttings workshop in 2015 at these magnificent National Trust gardens, which was very well attended. After a presentation on the history and development of the estate, and a copious afternoon tea, John led members on a tour round the gardens.

British-bred roses project

Roses are a major part of our horticultural heritage. Fashions in horticulture change: roses that once enjoyed huge popularity in Britain have disappeared from commerce. The Historic Roses Group of the Royal National Rose Society is seeking to ensure that this heritage is not lost forever.