This volume comprises three books by Graham Stuart Thomas that have transformed our gardens, establishing him as one of the most influential gardeners of the 20th century. The Old Shrub Roses(1955) brought to public attention the favourite roses of the early 19th century: the intensely scented Damasks, the rich and sombre Gallicas and the Albas with their unique combination of elegance and thriftiness. Shrub Roses of Today (1962) identified the species and hybrids from Japan and North America, from English and Scottish hedgerows and from the mountains of China, full of virtues then unrecognized. Climbing Roses Old and New (1965) considered ramblers and climbers such as 'Adelaide d'Orleans' and 'Desprez a fleur jaune', now more than 150 years old but still incomparable. The Graham Stuart Thomas Rose Book brings the trilogy together, substantially revised and updated. New material has been added, practical advice is included on planting, general cultivation, pruning and display, and new photographs complement favourite illustrations from such masters as Redouté and Graham Stuart Thomas himself.
Graham Stuart Thomas
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Long ago I got the original three works, The Old Shrub Roses, Shrub Roses of Today, and Climbing Roses Old and New, which I have treasured greatly. The current work is a union of the three in one volume, printed in a larger format, revised, and with a multitude of new color photographs. You need this book. The seller provided a brand-new unread copy and it arrived as it were even before I submitted the order, or so it seemed.
I love this book, but found it a little daunting when I first unwrapped it. It is not your standard "lots of beautiful pictures" book. There are a few pictures, but they are not particularly good. It is the writing and the information contained that make this book so valuable. I keep it on my bedside table now and browse through it regularly, to read the fascinating histories and yummy descriptions of roses. One thing that makes this book so excellent is the beautiful writing and the fact that he includes text and information from older rose resources/material that would be difficult to find without going to an extensive library. It is informative and gives detailed histories of old garden roses with descriptions that truly give you a feel for the roses. There is a rich section on propagation and the cultivation of roses, as well, although I found this less interesting than the historical information. I am particularly interested in Moss roses and this book had...
Designing a classic garden with herbs, perennials, boxwood, and of course, roses. Read Graham Stuart Thomas's The Old Shrub Roses and loved it. Very informative regarding history of roses as well as growing habits of individual roses. Thrilled to find this book compiling three of his classic books in an updated version. Even more excited about the condition and price of the used book - like new and very inexpensive. Already have many expenses with plants, tools, soil amendments, etc. so really appreciate the book. Arrived early, too!
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