>Antique Rose Seminar – Petals From The Past


Tina and I struck out for Jemison, Alabama early this morning to attend an Antique Rose seminar sponsored by “Petals From The Past”, a garden shop specializing in Antique Roses and old fashioned Perennials. Most of his roses are “own root”, none of which are Hybrid Teas….

My thanks to Jim, The Gaudy Gardener, whose blog has inspired me to look further into growing these beautiful roses.

Jason Powell, our speaker and proprietor of Petals From The Past, gave a wonderful seminar and we learned so much about growing antique roses. We even bought a couple to get us started: “Swamp Rose” and “Mutabilis”.

Can’t wait to get these in the ground.

About Chris VanCleave - America's Favorite Rose Gardener

Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at About.com and on his popular website; RedneckRosarian.com, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
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3 Responses to >Antique Rose Seminar – Petals From The Past

  1. >Tis a progressive disease (grin). I'm not familiar with "swamp rose". But Mutabilis you will love! I use to grow her at the old house.Are these "trials" for that period garden to the historic mansion, or are you kissing Mr. Lincoln goodbye?Also, as a shameless enabler, don't be afraid to mail order these old roses. They are tough as old boots!Are you familiar with HMF?Jim


  2. >Swamp Rose, we are told is said the like damp areas a little more that other roses. We have an area at the side of our house that seems to stay damp, so we thought we would give it a try. Have seen Mutabilis in all her glory in a garden last summer, it was a sight to see….. My wife is no fan of the "ugly knees" that the hybrid tea brings after the first flush of bloom. I tend to grow for show and vase, while She prefers the serene beauty of a lovely shrub or climber…. I have been afraid to order by mail, but am glad to have this assurance on old roses. I love and support HMF, it has been a good friend to me …..Have a great week!


  3. debsgarden says:

    >I went to this seminar last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. I love Petals from the Past! I also purchased rosa mutabilis and swamp rose from them. Rosa mutabilis is one of my all time favorites; I really like the multi colored blooms. The swamp rose – i am waiting for it to reach its full potential. Good luck with all your roses this year!


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