Heirloom rose sale planned at Secrest Arboretum


WOOSTER, Ohio — Secrest Arboretum‘s Garden of Roses of Legend and Romance will have an heirloom rose sale at its June 11 open house. All the plants were started from plants that currently grow in the garden.

The garden is one of the largest collections of heirloom rose plants in the U.S.


Prices range from $10-20 and the plants are in one-gallon pots. Types to be sold include: Berlin, Paul Neyron, Ballerina, Ardoisse de Lyon, La France, Queen of the Musks, New Dawn, Veilchenblau, Handel, Golden Wings, Buff Beauty, Thomas Lipton, Hanseat, Crimson Shower, Bloomfield Dainty, groundcover rose (Rosa wichuriana), Harisons Yellow and Rosa virginiana.


The open house and sale hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. There will be rose experts on site and self-guided walking tours. Attendees are encouraged to bring food for picnicking.

The garden and arboretum are part of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, 1680 Madison Ave., in Wooster. Follow signs on the campus to the arboretum. For more information, call 330-263-3612 or visit the garden’s website at www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/rosegarden/.


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  1. Hi. I realize this article is dated 2011, but I cannot find any information on a Rose Sale for 2018!
    It hasn’t been held for the last 2 years, since Kelly left. Could you please check it out & tell me whether there will be a Rose Sale this year? My family & I always enjoyed attending very much. Please e-mail me asap since
    June will be here very soon. Whatever you can find out for me will be greatly appreciated!!
    Thank you & have a great day, Pam

    • Hi Pam, we reached out to the arboretum and received this response from Paul Snyder, Program Coordinator, that explains why the sale is no longer held:

      “We discontinued the rose sale due to rose rosette disease, a virus that is vectored by an eriophyid mite. The mite can spread in the wind and often times infects the plant before any chemical control is effective. Many roses in our collection are infected with rose rosette. Consequently we are removing infected plants by the dozens each year. There is no chemical control and currently no rose species are resistant to the virus. We don’t want to spread the disease by selling diseased plants (roses can be infected for a while before showing signs of the virus).
      We also had severe winter kill in the garden this year so the floral display in that garden will be greatly reduced.”


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