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In Search of Lost Roses

Once upon a time—before the 1860s—people loved old roses like "Pearl of Gold," "Marchionesse of Lorne," or "Autumn Damask." Then along came the hybrid tea roses, which were easier to arrange, more dramatic, and longer-blooming, and the old roses were all but forgotten. Now the lovely, subtle-hued, richly perfumed old roses are making a comeback, thanks to the efforts of a stubborn band of eccentric characters who rescued them from back alleys, ramshackle cottages, and overgrown graveyards across the country. Thomas Christopher tells us the fascinating stories of the old roses—how they were created and made their way to America—and the unforgettable people who "rustle" them from abandoned lots and secret gardens today, revelling in the mystery of an "unknown yellow."

Read an excerpt and an interview with the author.

240 pages | 18 line drawings | 5-1/4 x 8 | © 1989

Biological Sciences: Natural History


Table of Contents

1. Of Musk Roses and Other Mysteries
2. "An Awful Yet Pleasing Treat"
3. Rose Rustling
4. Heirloom Roses
5. Twice-Blooming Roses of Paestum
6. The Flowery Kingdom
7. A Journey to the Mother Lode
8. "He Who Would Have Beautiful Roses in His Garden . . ."
9. Black Gardeners
10. "Thank God for the Tax Deductions"
11. American Beauty
Index of Roses

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