The Rosarian Library

A collection of books and other resources

dedicated to the rose

In the Rosarian Library there is:


I have always loved roses but I became more seriously involved with them about twenty years ago when my father, in his eighties, gave me a number of bushes. He felt he could not look after them any more. Since then I have planted many more both in France, where I lived for five years, and across the South and East of England!


My current garden has a number of favourites and I would find it difficult to live without them but I am no authority on rose growing. I am more than happy to leave that aspect of roses to the experts. My particular interests are how roses have been used in the past, how they have inspired literature and paintings and the many personal stories that include these beautiful flowers.


I have been compiling this library dedicated to the rose since my retirement from education. I am also researching a book about fragrance as well as gathering other information relating to the rose. The compilation of this library tells me that there are a number of stories that need serious documentation before they are camouflaged for ever by the industry that is rose growing.


I like painting in watercolour and oils – roses of course! I also like to practise yoga.


Please contact me if you think I can contribute to your interest in roses.




‘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 collection of books about roses; not only rose growing and rose varieties but a wider range of information including roses in art and literature, the fragrance of the rose and the use of roses past and present.


a collection of other written material such as pamphlets, annuals and catalogues.


a collection of prints, postcards and cigarette cards.


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


other rose ephemera.

The collection grows daily . . . . . . .


I will endeavour to help you with any aspect of rose research. I am currently compiling a Who’s Who in the rose world, a collection of literary references to roses and information about some of the well known rose painters while I research a book about the fragrance of roses throughout the centuries.

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