This rose encyclopaedia provides a history and a useful manual for all rose growers and rose lovers. It identifies and describes all the species, cultivars and varieties that have stood the test of time. There is a grower's guide to the buying, propagation, feeding and pruning of old roses.
Peter Beales was one of Britain's foremost growers of classic roses, exporting his blooms around the world and amassing more than 2,000 different species at his nursery in Norfolk. Beales held over a hundred gold awards from horticultural shows, including 19 from the Chelsea Flower Show and the Lawrence Medal for the best exhibit at any Royal Horticultural Society show. He received a lifetime achievement award from the Garden Media Guild, and was appointed MBE in 2005. He died in January 2013, age 69.
"Lovingly compiled, beautifully illustrated and the most enticing book on roses which I have ever found" -- Robin Lane Fox Financial Times "This book is the answer for everyone...it is impossible to evoke the natural grace and the detailed advice with which this author writes" Field "A massive and magnificently illustrated encyclopaedic work" Daily Telegraph