A Great Place to Buy Roses

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!


Brenda burg rose



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.




Photo Ops in FLorida


I don't know if the roses were flattered or annoyed by our attentions-- I like to think of this as a "harmonic convergence."



Carol Green kept saying, "Hold it." I guess we did, because she got some pretty funny shots of Sherry Roma and me as we hovered over blooms in the Harry P. Leu Rose Garden.



It was a joy to see Maggie, one of my favorite roses, looking so good in Florida.



With hat held firmly between my knees, I'm trying to cast a shadow over this pink rose for a perfect shot. Sherry, how did yours turn out? I forgot to shoot the label right there at my feet!


Pink rose

Maybe Sherry knows its name.



This one is Lady of the Dawn.



Sherry (who blogs at If Only Sweat Were Irrigation) and I became fast friends.



Yes, roses are known for their special knack of bringing people together.



Thanks for the pics Carol!


Florida Fling


I was in Florida to celebrate roses.



There wasn't much time for sight seeing, but I couldn't miss 


Spanish moss

the Spanish moss-- it was in every tree!


Ocala horse farms

An unplanned detour showcased miles of gorgeous Ocala horse farms.



Back to roses-- look it's November and potted blooming roses are for sale (?!)



I thought I'd see more gardens like this-- I'm just glad I saw this one in a tiny, sleepy town called Floral City.



Can you stand it? I love this.



Louis Philippe must reign as Florida's favorite Old Rose-- he was everywhere.



Bud Stout's bonsai collection was a special treat.



Another China rose. Does anyone know the name?



Before dinner one night, a shot taken from the restaurant's property.



Colonial splendor on a corner in Winter Park.



The roses at Leu Gardens from a distance------







and close up--- I know--- they were all pink HTs, but so perfect!




An irrisistable vine.



One of many new friends and---



don't be scared--- he's plastic.