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June 11 Heirloom Rose Sale: ‘Can’t Buy These Anywhere Else’

June 1, 2011

WOOSTER, Ohio -- Secrest Arboretum’s Garden of Roses of Legend and Romance will have an heirloom rose sale at its June 11 open house, and all the plants were started from plants that currently grow in the garden. The garden is one of the largest collections of heirloom rose plants in the United States.

“In some cases, you can’t buy these anywhere else that I know of,” said the garden’s caretaker, Kelly King, an OARDC plant materials specialist and the event’s organizer.

Here’s the list of types to be sold, with prices ranging from $10-20 and the plants in up to one-gallon pots:

  • Berlin
  • Paul Neyron
  • Ballerina
  • Ardoisse de Lyon
  • La France
  • Queen of the Musks
  • New Dawn
  • Veilchenblau
  • Handel
  • Golden Wings
  • Buff Beauty
  • Thomas Lipton
  • Hanseat
  • Crimson Shower
  • Bloomfield Dainty
  • Groundcover rose (Rosa wichuriana)
  • Harisons Yellow
  • Rosa virginiana

The open house and sale hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. There will be rose experts on site and self-guided walking tours. Picnicking is encouraged, but bring your own food.

The garden and arboretum are part of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), 1680 Madison Ave., in Wooster. Follow signs on the campus to the arboretum.

For more information, call 330-263-3612 or visit the garden’s website,

Also called antique, or old-fashioned, roses, heirloom roses are kinds gardeners grew before the advent of modern hybrid roses. Some types date to the 1700s. They’re known in part for their ease of care and also for their fragrance.

OARDC is the research of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

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Kurt Knebusch
Kelly King