Crazy ’bout roses

In honour of this month's World Rose Festival, check out our guide to everything roses!

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In honour of this month’s World Rose Festival and Convention, GardenWise Online is celebrating everything rose.

Click on the links below to learn more about the festival, different types of roses, roses to grow, planting and pruning, and lots more!

And don’t forget about our Name the Rose Contest! Enter to name this star groundcover rose by breeder Brad Jalbert of Select Roses today!

Michel Trudeau Rose

Michel Trudeau Memorial Rose

This newly discovered rose gives back the BC community by raising money for avalanche awareness. The rose, discovered by Michel Trudeau’s aunt, is of the Rosa Rugosa variety.

World Rose Festival

World Rose Festival, June 19–21

For all gardeners and rose enthusiasts. Learn about the latest rose varieties, shop the marketplace and gather ideas from an array of display gardens by local nurseries, garden centres and landscape professionals.

Disease resistant roses

New generation of roses: Low-fuss beauty queens

These days, there are literally thousands of hardy hybrid roses bred for resistance to all kinds of diseases.

organic rose care

How-to guide to organic rose care

Take a 3-D approach to pruning and use mulch to discourage black spot, powdery mildew and rust.

Elaine Senft loves Old Garden Roses

Q&A: Elaine Senft on old garden roses

Vancouver rose consultant Elaine Senft muses about Old Garden Roses and rose trends.

How to plant a container rose

How to plant a container rose

Plant yourself a perfect container rose using these easy steps and yield a great season of roses.

How to prune container roses

How to prune a container rose

Pruning container roses doesn’t have to be scary. Use these step-by-step instructions for perfect results.

How to transplant a rose, Gord Nickel

VIDEO: How to transplant a rose

Bob Sparrow explains to Gord Nickel how myke can lessen transplant shock when planting roses.

Peter Lekkas on old roses

Q&A: Rosarian Peter Lekkas

A conversation on how certain rose varieties stand out not just for scent or colour but for the memories they elicit. 

Moss roses

Moss roses

As gardeners embrace organic gardening, it seems a good time for moss roses, once the darlings of Victorian society, to return to favour.


Brad Jalbert tends his new hybrid Royal City rose

Royal City Rose: A hardy rose for a most special occasion

When the city of New Westminster’s horticulture manager asked for a rose to name in honour of the city’s 150th birthday, he had no idea he’d be getting such a star.

Shrub roses, easy to care for and cold hardy roses

Easy shrub roses

There is a whole class of gorgeous shrub roses tough enough to stand up to neglect and bitter cold.

Name the Rose contest on

CONTEST: Name the rose

It’s not often that an opportunity comes along to name something beautiful, but here’s your chance! Submit your name idea with a compelling reason why it should be chosen and you could win!