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Morrison Gardens is perhaps best
known for the more than 110 cultivars of Heritage, Antique
and Old Roses, consisting of over 275 plants lovingly
collected, identified, preserved and cared for by the Morrisons. Their
collection consists primarily of Old Garden Roses, but does include selected roses introduced after 1900
that display strong "Species" traits.
The Morrisons actively propagate and
exchange their extensive knowledge, experience and plants. "Rose" is considered
an expert in the field and has collected and identified several roses "lost" or
in danger of becoming lost. "Bud" is the recovery and propagation
Old Roses, varieties that date from 1860 or earlier, also referred to as antique roses, are again finding a well deserved place in modern gardens. Many people are regaining an appreciation for roses of the past, especially with the development of David Austin's English Roses, which he describes as 'New' Old Roses.
The attractiveness of old roses grows from their disease resistance, their wonderful
fragrances, and perhaps most important of all, their graceful growth habit which makes
them ideally suited for the garden. Each class has distinctive traits. In general, roses
introduced before the Chinas (Species to Centifolia) are
native to Europe. They are cold hardy, and may only bloom once (or twice) during the season.
China and Tea roses brought remontancy to rose varieties but compromised
their cold hardiness. Therefore
their descendants, the Noisettes, Portlands, Bourbons and Hybrid Perpetuals, are remontant but not reliably hardy
north of Zone 6. Thankfully, more roses (especially Old Roses) are
being grown on their own roots, so even if there is winter dieback to the ground in more
northern locations, the plant will survive. Ultimately, you must rely on local knowledge
and experience in determining which roses will thrive in your garden.
Emmy is also well known for her extensive
knowledge of The Healing Herbs, their histories and traditional uses. She maintains a diverse
collection in the Herb Garden located within the
Heritage Rose Garden. (figure 2)
SPRING TONIC - Timely tips for successful gardening
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► PRESENTATION FOR DAVIDSON GARDEN CLUB Improved image display provides option to view large images. Complete with All Digital Images from the garden.
► WHERE TO ORDER YOUR ROSES - We do not sell roses, we only collect them. Would you like to purchase a certain rose but can't locate a source? We can help.
► DETAILED STATE BY STATE USDA ZONE MAPS - The USDA Plant Hardiness Zones divide the United States and southern Canada into 11 areas based on a 10 degree Fahrenheit difference in the average annual minimum temperature. Locate your zone here.
► PROPAGATING ROSES FROM CUTTINGS - by Dr. Malcolm Manners, Professor of Citrus and Environmental Horticulture at Florida Southern College, where he manages a collection of more than 400 rose varieties and teaches courses in plant propagation. He is Secretary and a Trustee of the Heritage Rose Foundation.
► REDOUTÉ'S ROSES - Here are but a few of the images created by ReDouté. These pages are slower to download, but worth the wait if you love roses. More coming soon!
► A BRIEF HISTORY OF OLD ROSES - "The
Hybrid Tea Roses, accompanied at length by the Floribunda and Grandiflora Roses so
influenced by them, have been at the fore of rose progress for about a century now--so
long that its forebears and predecessors have become, to many rosarians, mere footnotes
rather than what they should be, valid candidates for equal interest."
► OLD ROSES - A class-by-class discussion of the cultivars on display at Morrison Gardens, courtesy of Brent C. Dickerson.
► LOCATION - Regional maps locating the Town of Davidson, North Carolina, USA.
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► ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS - Special thanks to these individuals and
Websites for their inspiration, information and especially the use of selected photographs
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