The rose is the favorite flower of the entire civilized world. Can we imagine civilized society today getting along without roses as messengers of friendship, sympathy and love? There is no adequate substitute for this choice gift of Nature-the "Queen of Flowers." Most of the fine standard cultivated roses of the present day have been bred up through many centuries from the roses of the Orient. They represent thousands of years of work of earnest, patient effort in plant improvement. But they are not for our open prairies. The work of improvement and development must be done over again with different materials. Much money is lost in planting tender varieties of roses every year in the prairie Northwest. The largest rose garden in the world is Roseraie de l'Hay in the outskirts of Paris. It has been established about two hundred years, and contains about 10,000 distinct varieties of roses. M. Gravereaux has made it the crowning work of his life. There are many rose gardens in the larger cities of the United States. Among the leading ones is the new Municipal Rose Test Garden at Portland, Oregon. Boston has recently set aside $100,000 for a rose garden. Such gardens attract visitors by the tens and hundreds of thousands.
roses, hardy roses
South Dakota Experiment Station, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts
Hansen, N.E., "Hardy Roses for South Dakota" (1929). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 240.