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The Rose Rustlers - Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Service Series (Paperback)
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The Rose Rustlers - Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Service Series (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 30/09/2017
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In The Rose Rustlers, Greg Grant and William C. Welch offer a personal, in-depth, and entertaining account of some of the great stories gathered during their years as participants in one of the most important plant-hunting efforts of the twentieth century-the quest to save antique roses that disappeared from the market in a notoriously trend-driven business.

By the 1950s, almost exclusively, modern roses (those with one compact bloom at the top of a large stem) were grown for the cut-flower market. The large rounded shrubs and billowy fence climbers known to our grandparents and great-grandparents in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries had been reduced to this rather monotonous single style of plant.

Yet those roses of old still grew, tough and persistent, in farmyards, cemeteries, vacant lots, and abandoned fields. The rediscovery of these antiques and the subsequent movement to conserve them became the mission of "rose rustlers," dedicated rosarians who studied, sought, cut, and cultivated these hardy survivors.

Here, the authors chronicle their own origins, adventures, and discoveries as part of a group dubbed the Texas Rose Rustlers. They present tales of the many efforts that have helped restore lost roses not only to residential gardens, but also to commercial and church landscapes in Texas. Their experiences and friendships with other figures in the heirloom rose world bring an insider's perspective to the lore of "rustling," the art of propagation, and the continued fascination with the world's favorite flower.

Publisher: Texas A & M University Press
ISBN: 9781623495442
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 254 x 203 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Two masterful horticulturists, one the mentor, one the student, weave a colorful and intriguing saga of plant discovery and human relationships that covers many decades and places, from California to South Carolina with a heavy dose of Texas, as they travel in search of lost and unnoticed heirloom roses. A touching, insightful read for anyone who loves life and, of course, roses!"--Chris S. Corby, editor/publisher, Texas Gardener--Chris Corby (04/25/2017)
"A superbly entertaining first-hand account of one of the most fascinating episodes in the history of American gardens. A must-read for anyone with an interest in heirloom roses and the survival of these classic beauties."--Thomas Christopher, author of In Search of Lost Roses
--Thomas Christopher (04/05/2017)
"This is a trip through the Old South and all the other places serious rosarians have joined arms and souls in the hunt for lost roses of yester-century. Reading this book is like a journey through two lifetimes of search and research."--Neil Sperry, Garden writer, broadcaster
--Neil Sperry (04/11/2017)
"Once upon a time an Aggie horticulture student, his professor and an endearingly eccentric Princess walk into a cemetery and find a treasure that changes both them and ornamental horticulture forever.

What may sound like the worst Aggie joke in history is actually the plotline of a true, modern day horticultural fairy tale that comes complete with its own happy ending. The Rose Rustlers by Dr. William C. (Bill) Welch and Greg Grant tells the story of how a disparate and dedicated group of rose lovers changed modern ornamental horticulture by finding, saving and promoting forgotten and overlooked antique roses from the past.

Dr. Welch, Greg Grant and Pam Puryear were not the first to try and preserve these horticultural antiques. However, they definitely did it with a style and passion that made them some of the most successful, and loved, plant preservationists in the country. If you have ever grown a rose, smelled a rose or shared a rose with your heart's desire then this story of a group of Texans whose passion for preservation led to national news coverage, countless awards and a whole new industry in horticulture will remind you why, that in spite of all their thorns, the rose will always be the queen of our gardens."--Jay White

--Jay White (05/02/2017)

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