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GardenSMART :: Christmas Gift Ideas From the Rose Man

Christmas Gift Ideas From the Rose Man

By Stan V. Griep, Master Consulting Rosarian, American Rose Society – Rocky Mountain District
Photographs by Stan V. Griep

This month I will share with you some of my favorite books on roses and gardening, as well as some nice items to consider giving as gifts to fellow gardeners or other folks in your lives.

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Here are some wonderful books for the rose loving gardener that I highly recommend. Each is a cherished addition to my Rosarian Library (Most available at

A Rose by Any Name: The Little-Known Lore and Deep-Rooted History of Rose Names by Stephen Scanniello. This book will take the reader on a journey about the naming of various rosebushes. A good roses history-type book for the true rose loving gardener. $18

Ortho Books Complete Guide to Roses. This is one of the best books I have found on selecting roses for your rose bed, rose garden or landscape areas, caring for, designing and even making arrangements with roses. Truly a top notch, must-have book!  $15

Ortho’s All About Roses by Dr. Tommy Cairns. This book is a great companion book to the Complete Guide to Roses, above. Dr. Cairns knows his stuff on all aspects of rose hybridizing, growing and care. He had a hand in the creation of the Complete Guide To Roses book as well. $15

American Rose Society Encyclopedia of Roses: The Definitive A to Z Guide by Charles Quest-Ritson. An awesome book for all rosarians or lovers of the rose. Gorgeous photos of various types and classes of roses that can help in identifying roses in your gardens. $100

Pink Ladies & Crimson Gents: Portraits and Legends of 50 Roses by Molly Glentzer. I love the title of this book. It is another on the history of certain roses and how they got their names, with lovely photos. This is one of those books that can be read over and over again, picking up something new each time. $10

Classic Roses: A Concise Guide in Colour by Ludvik Vecera. This little book was first published in 1971 in Great Britain, and published again in the U.S. in 1989. One of those “pot of gold” books in my library to be sure! It has a wealth of interesting information with illustrations about roses and their care. The work of art rose plate photos are stunning. $42

The Little Big Book of Roses by Lena Tabori. This is another “pot of gold” book in my roses library. This little book is jam packed full of wonderful poetry about rose growing and care, as well as stories, myths, and legends about roses through time. $10

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And if I may, here are some of my rose and floral photography books, available on-line at

Heavenly Gifts for the Soul – A coffee table book featuring some of my award- or first-place winning roses and floral photography. This book is a photographic walk with me through my gardens and rose beds enjoying some of the beautiful “Bloom Smiles” that greet us. $95

The Gifts We Miss… – Another floral photography book. It includes insightful sayings and quotes, featuring some of the pretty “gifts” given to us to enjoy along our daily paths. We miss many of these gifts due to the hustle and bustle of our lives. This book intends to heighten our awareness of them. $28 to $38

Speak Unto My Heart… - This is an inspirational roses photography book that comes straight from my heart to the reader, a book for those quiet, thoughtful times when we seek enjoyment and enlightenment. $30 to $46

Last but certainly not least, two unique and useful non-book gifts for you and your fellow gardening friends and family:

Grow Bottles - These uniquely designed cut wine bottle seed starters work very well. The watering wick in the design takes the soil moisture worries out of the seed starting process. The wick draws water up into the seed starting medium on an as-needed basis. $36,

Potting Cupboard - For when there is not enough room for a potting bench or shed. This wooden cupboard can be mounted on a wall or bench, or attached to a metal stand (sold separately). $125,

Merry Christmas to you and your gardens from me and mine!

Author bio: With 40+ years of rose growing experience, Stan V. Griep is a Master Consulting Rosarian for the Rocky Mountain Region of the American Rose Society as well as the Denver and Loveland Rose Societies, a Colorado Native Rosarian, and is a member of the American Rose Society, The Denver Rose Society, and the Loveland Rose Society. He is a Cyber Consulting Rosarian for the American Rose Society, Colorado Gardening on-line and as well as a freelance writer and speaker. An award-winning photographer, his latest book is available at


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