Roses" are said to have originated with
the introduction of the first
Hybrid Tea rose, 'La France' in 1867.
So, "Old Garden Rose" are those types that
were around before that date.
For a long time, when
someone mentioned the term "rose", most
people immediately thought of hybrid teas
and nothing more. Only the aficionados knew
about the beautiful shrub roses that
preceded 1867. Although it sounds strange,
there are now many new cultivars of old
Historically, the Chinese
were credited with growing and breeding
roses as much as 5,000 years ago. Europeans
began using these plants around the first
century A.D. and they have spread to most
other parts of the world since that time.
The following list
includes the various types of old garden
roses that are still used in the home
landscape to one degree or another.