On a summer road trip to Oregon I finally had a chance to visit Heirloom Roses.
My friend Mary Knowles, who I was traveling with, had recently mail ordered many roses from Heirloom for a large rose garden she designed for a California client. Mary was especially impressed by Heirloom's packaging and the high quality of their roses. I'd known about Heirloom for years and since the two of us were together, what could be more fun?
Nestled in beautiful Oregon countryside, Heirloom Roses has created a business aimed at fulfilling all our rose dreams and fantasies. From the beginning, founder John Clements wanted to know what we, the rose gardeners, wanted. If you follow the links in this text, you'll enter Heirloom's easy-to-use and well thought out website. All the info you need for growing perfect roses is at your fingertips!
Heirloom has extensive display gardens where you can see the growth habit of the roses you are interested in. Needless to say, I was overwhelmed and when we found out that there would be a sale the following weekend, Mary and I decided to come back and bring my sister with us.
I ended up purchasing eight roses, at least five were on sale. I'm now the proud gardener of Aunt Honey, Folksinger, Country Dancer: roses that I will use especially for flower arranging; Rosy Cushion for ground cover in front of Hybrid Teas; Penny Lane to climb along my garage wall; Polka to climb in a perfect spot where I can see its amazing blooms; Louise Clements, because it is so unique in form and color, and because it was bred by John Clements for his wife; and Hawkeye Belle, an old favorite, and excellent shade rose, that I want to try in a sunnier spot in my garden.
If you follow the links to the roses that I purchased, you will come to printable pages with info about the rose. This is very helpful for planning where I will plant, and it's also ideal for my archives. My sister, Judy, who bought at least five more roses than I did, will find these pages very helpful.
Here we are with our treasures! My sister will be driving back to La Grande, and I'm heading for CA.
A few weeks before our Oregon trip, Mary told me that she had just received a rose order for her client from Heirloom, she asked if I might want to see how nicely it was packaged. Yes indeed, and I wanted to photograph it for you so that you will feel eager and confident to use this great rose resource.
One more thing, this is number two of thirty-three greenhouses that Heirloom has– full of glorious roses for you and me to buy.
In recent years, many rose nurseries have gone out of business, so I'm especially happy to see a rose nursery that is thriving. There are more wonderful nurseries that I will be mentioning later, and I've recently updated my Rose Sources page.