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Roses are more than "just a rose" because they've been around for centuries, and there are so many varieties of roses. The American Rose Society has approved a Classification scheme in three groups of roses; Species (wild roses),
Old Garden Roses (in existence before 1867), and Modern Roses (not in existence before 1867) Within these three groupings, there are 37 varieties of roses.
No other flower has a wider range of size, color, shape and flower form than the rose for attractive and easy adaptation to any garden setting. Roses are
among the most versatile of plants; they come in every shape, size and color
imaginable with a huge variety of plant and bloom size. Roses bloom from
early spring to late fall and providing a rich tapestry of color in the garden, in a
vase in your home, at exhibitions, and at rose shows.
Do you need a "green thumb" to grow roses? Not having a green thumb is just
a myth. Everyone can grow roses. They are tough, and easy to grow if you
know what you are doing. That's where we, the American Rose Society and its
chapters and affiliated local rose societies can show you how to grow great roses,
how to care for them, the proper tools for doing the job, all about insecticides
and chemicals, pruning, displaying and arranging them, and even how to take
better photographs of your roses.
Local rose societies and clubs help you and give you sound advice about roses.
Check out the local societies page on this web site for a rose society near you.
Pictured: Dan Bifano, Santa Barbara Rose Society