The Rosarian Library

A collection of books and other resources

dedicated to the rose

The Rosarian Library is dedicated to the rose. It holds:


A large percentage of rose books focus on the horticultural aspects of the rose; rose growing and rose varieties with some including a commentary on their history.


The work of the Rosarian Library is currently focusing on the nature of British C19th rose literature to date.


Research suggests books dedicated solely to the rose, written in English, total in the region of 1000 since the very first in 1799.


The Library is also compiling information relating to the aesthetic and utilitarian rose. This is spread far and wide in books, museums and galleries and in the personal stories of many rosarians.


Current articles include:


Roses: 'A Bibliography of Botanical, Horticultural , and Other Works Related to the Genus Rosa'.


'The Genus Rosa'  Ellen Willmott (published between 1910 and 1914)


'A Book about Roses' (1869) Samuel Reynolds Hole.


'Nine Hundred and Forty Books dedicated to the Rose.'


The work of the library



‘Would Jove appoint some flower to reign

In matchless beauty on the plain

The rose (mankind will all agree)

The rose the queen of flowers should be.’


Sappho, a Greek poet (c.600 BC)

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a large collection of books dedicated solely to the rose with a special section on Victorian and pre World War 1 texts.


a collection of other information including catalogues old and new and annuals from the various rose societies.


a collection of prints, postcards and cigarette cards.


a gallery of oil and watercolour paintings largely by amateur artists.


collections of china, ceramics and fabrics.

The collection grows daily . . . . .


The library is a resource for the rose enthusiast where information can be found and queries answered. I am happy to help with any aspect of rose research.

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