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Species roses are the wild roses that pre-date civilisation, found in the forests, swamps and grasslands of their native habitats, having evolved over millions of years. All roses in the world come from these roses.
There are an estimated 120 species (wild) roses in the world, all from the Northern Hemisphere. As with so many other species, their natural habitats are being destroyed. 56 of the species roses are available in Australia, largely brought by colonists in the 19th Century. This is the first book on species roses, worldwide, since 1914.
STORY OF THE BOOK
The story of the book started in 1995, when Heritage Roses in Australia Inc. held a conference in Orange with the theme 'Species Roses - In The Beginning'. Few people knew about the rose species, and it was decided that Peter Cox, who owned a heritage rose nursery, would grow a plant of each rose species available in Australia. Peter now lives in Mittagong, with his wife, Kate, a fellow rose enthusiast and partner in Peter’s endeavors.
Peter also produced a botanical painting of each rose. After the 1995 conference the plants and paintings were donated to the Orange Botanic Gardens. Peter prepared botanical notes, and these, together with high resolution photos of the paintings, were to form a book, but it was never published.
This book was finally published in time for the 13th Biennial Conference of Heritage Roses held in Mittagong in November of this year. This is an authoritative text, as well as being a beautiful coffee table book.