Monday, April 4, 2011

Found Roses from The Antique Rose Emporium

There seems to be a marked interest in idea of “Found” items lately. There is a Found magazine, gallery shows of Found photography, books being written about Found letters and art installations that are comprised entirely of Found Objects. There is a romance, a mystery about Found objects. How did they get there, where did they come from, what is their story, why were they abandoned?

You wouldn’t think that that same sort of mystery could show up in your backyard, but the rose rustlers of The Antique Rose Emporium out of Brenham, Texas are bringing Found roses from forgotten places and into your garden.
Moroccan (found in Morocco)
Rose rustling or finding has been around for a while. Rosarians have been “finding” (taking small cuttings from existing plants) heirloom and vintage roses in Victorian cemeteries, abandoned farms and homesteads and down little traveled roads. These found roses are usually found thriving in their abandonment and tend to be pest and disease restraint, low maintenance and highly fragrant.

Natchitoches Noisette (found on a grave in an 1714 Loiusianna fort)
 I just adore the idea of Found roses. That someone’s great-grandmother could have tended a garden and a home, and years later, while she and the home are long gone, her favorite rose can still live on my garden. Or that roses planted on graves in old graveyards can still pay tribute long after the family is gone.

Petite Pink Scotch (found in a 1750 plantation garden on the Cape Fear River)

Aside from Found Roses, The Antique Rose Emporium also carries a large selection of Antique and Heirloom roses. All roses are $18.95 per two gallon plant.

Blush Noisette (1817)

All images are courtesy of The Antique Rose Emporium


  1. Yes, I often ponder about the gardens left behind my others and the stories they hold:):)

  2. Very nice post. My grandmother could break off a piece of a rosebush, stick it in the dirt, and it would grow. She couldn't cook much, but had a magic touch with rosebushes.

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  3. I've heard a lot about found art and found objects, but found roses are new to me. They're beautiful:)

  4. You've romanced my heart! I love the idea of Found roses. Great post!


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