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Quiet Beauty: A Look at Endangered Roses

Quiet Beauty: A Look at Endangered Roses

The obsession that keeps Harald Enders awake at night is this: What if there’s a rose lurking in your garden—or more likely, your grandmother’s garden—that is the last living example of a rare variety?

An example: A rose called ‘Bardou Job’ was found, after having been thought lost for decades, in the abandoned garden of the prison director on Alcatraz island. “I am still waiting for that to happen to me,” says Enders, a rosarian who has spent years trying to save old German roses from being forgotten. Of the 1,800 or so cultivars bred between the end of the 19th century and World War II, many are extinct. More than 300 survivors grow in Enders’ garden an hour’s drive from Hamburg. “I do not have a favorite—or perhaps, I have quite a few,” says Enders, author of Bourbon Roses (available, in German, from Amazon). At Gardenista, we see why it’s difficult to choose

Above: Blooming in Jestädt, Germany. Image by Travel Maria, via Flickr.

Above: The oldest known garden rose of German origin, ‘Perle von Weissenstein‘ dates to 1773. Inquire about availability at Vintage Gardens ($45 for a root). Image by Anne, via Flickr.

Above: The rambler Tausendschon, with blooms that range from bright pink to white. Bred by Hermann Kiese (1865-1923), a nurseryman in a little town called Vieselbach, it now is available seasonally, for $14.95 per plant, from Vintage Gardens. Image by Malcolm Manners, via Flickr.

Above: Rosel Dach, bred in 1906, has small, pink flowers and no fragrance; $45 for a custom root from Vintage Gardens. Image via Garten Pur.

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Gardenista is a one-stop sourcebook for cultivated living, a guide to outdoor design and gardening. Helmed by former New York Times columnist Michelle Slatalla, Gardenista features inspiration, garden visits, and advice for all things outdoor living, from patios and peonies, to tables and terraces. Gardens matter, and Gardenista celebrates tomatoes on the fire escape as much as rolling acres of green.

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4:36AM PDT on Jun 23, 2013

very beautiful, thank you

4:24AM PDT on Jun 23, 2013

Merci mon Dieu pour les roses.

7:47AM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

thank you for sharing

8:28AM PDT on Mar 10, 2013

Thank you.

9:56AM PST on Mar 9, 2013

This is the problem with monoculture thinking of agrabiz. When everyone had their back yard garden these plants like roses, potatoes, apples,etc, the list is every lengthy, had a chance to survive. We all can help. Start your own garden. Even if it is a small aquaponics system.

4:07AM PST on Mar 9, 2013

Best flowers int he world.

5:31AM PST on Mar 5, 2013

Thanks for sharing. Roses are beautiful.

10:59AM PST on Mar 4, 2013

I would never have guessed those are roses....

6:49PM PST on Feb 25, 2013

I'm not a rose person.

3:39AM PST on Feb 24, 2013

Gorgeous thank you. Roses are my favourite flowers - exquisite...

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