I have read, and loved, several of the Kew Gardener’s Guides and this one on growing roses is no exception. With gorgeous photos and illustrations, helpful how-tos and easy to follow information on popular roses, this is a great book to have on hand when tackling the challenging hobby of raising roses!

We now have over 50 roses in our garden and seem to be adding more regularly. Despite, or perhaps because of this, I began with many questions to which I now have answers yet I don’t feel overwhelmed but rather motivated! To add more roses…because always…to grow slips, because, more roses…to get our climbing (rambling wildly!) iceberg going neatly up the wall of our home…to make rose-hip jelly….and these are just a fraction of the projects offered in the book!

If you love roses and want to learn more, this is a book for you! It’s a five out of five on the enJOYment scale and highly recommended.

I received a complimentary copy of the book from Quarto Publishing Group – White Lion through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

From the back cover:

This inspirational book from Kew Gardens’ rose expert is the perfect guide to choosing and growing these majestic and versatile flowers

Instantly recognisable, fragrant and evocative, roses are the quintessential garden flowers. From low-growing ground-cover roses to long-stemmed Hybrid Tea roses, multi-petalled English roses, wild roses, small shrubs for containers, climbers and ramblers, in a range of forms, colours and scents, there is a rose for every garden situation. 

Combining botanical illustrations and practical adviceThe Kew Gardener’s Guide to Growing Roses is the definitive introduction to growing seventy-eight beautiful roses, with full growing instructions and details on feeding, propagation and training.

Twelve garden projects, from growing from seed to preserving rose petals, will bring the wonderful world of roses to life.

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