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Gardening Roses

Hardy Roses

A Practical Guide To Varieties And Techniques

by (photographer) Beth Powning

by (author) Robert Osborn & Robert Osborne

Key Porter Books
Initial publish date
Apr 2002
Roses, General, General
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2002
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Roses are among the most lovely and rewarding plants to grow but they can be difficult to cultivate in colder climates. This revised edition features 67 hardy rose varieties - including 34 new varieties such as Tuscany Superba, Purple Pavement, Prairie Joy and Marie Victorian - that will survive the ravages of harsh winters. Hardy Roses classifies all roses into five clear categories: climbers, tall shrubs, semi-vigorous, vigorous shrubs and low shrubs. Chapters also include information on propagating and nurturing roses and controlling insects and disease without the use of chemicals. Exquisite photographs accompany each rose variety and accurately convey the subtle colouration and beauty of each species. Detailed line drawings illustrate grafting and composting techniques and other useful information. Hardy Roses also includes a list of more than 200 hardy varieties of roses. Organized by species, this list provides a handy reference to the characteristics and disease susceptibility of each rose species. A list of nurseries, rose organizations and source books at the back of the book enables gardeners to obtain information on finding and acquiring their plants of choice. (2001) Please note: Previously published as Roses for Canadian Gardens (1-55013-284-9 hc, 1-55013-369-7 pb). Both editions are out of print

About the authors

Beth Powning grew up in a small New England town, where her family has lived since the 1790s. In 1972, she and her husband Peter Powning moved to Canada and bought an 1870s farm in New Brunswick, where they established a pottery business.

In 1995, Beth Powning published a book of photography, Roses For Canadian Gardens (written by childhood friend Bob Osborne). She later found her voice in Home: Chronicle of a North Country Life. Over the next fifteen yaers, five books followed: another book of photographs, Northern Trees and Shrubs; two works of non-fiction, Shadow Child and Edge Seasons; and two bestselling novels, The Hatbox Letters and The Sea Captain's Wife.

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Robert Osborne is the senior producer of Dam Builder Productions and has more than 30 years of working in long-format television. For much of that time he was an investigative journalist working for the CTV show W5. He’s also worked for Marketplace and Pacific Report. Robert has developed a specialty in directing underwater-based documentaries and holds nearly a dozen certifications, including a cave-diving specialty. Robert has won more than half a dozen awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association of Canada; an award from the Canadian Association of Journalists; and an Award of Merit from the Governor General of Canada. He has also been nominated many times for Gemini awards. Robert’s most recent film, Unstoppable, was an investigation into the fentanyl epidemic sweeping across North America, which earned him a Canadian Screen Award for best writing in a documentary. Dam Builder Productions has produced documentaries for the CBC’s The Nature of Things and for the Discovery Channel. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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