Interest in roses was with me since childhood, from visiting my grandparents in Vermont, through living as a teenager in Connecticut and New York City. I ventured on a rose planting spree when I moved to Maine, and soon my garden became a place to visit. The old, ancient varieties of roses are the most popular. Since my beginnings with roses, I started focusing more on sustainable growth, without insecticides. My rose garden grows and so does the interest of my neighbors and friends in visiting the garden.

Key Takeaways:

  • Pat Leuchtman got her start growing roses after reading “Onward and Upward in the Garden.”
  • Leuchtman has focused on growing older rose variants, including the ancient and hardy Rosa glauca.
  • The Antique Rose Emporium in Texas is noteworthy for its long-blooming and gorgeous Thomas Affleck rose.

“With very little prodding from new friends, I began to plant a rose walk and soon planned rose viewings at the end of June.”

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