It’s about roses! Early Canadian roses! And the men, and one woman, who made them! It’s all about their obsession to make hardy roses for winter-challenged Canadian gardens. These people are all deceased. But they live on in the pages of this new book. There are fifteen of them. Names like Frank Skinner, Percy Wright, Henry Marshall, and Isabella Preston. Even a couple of close American neighbours are included.


Harry McGee tells their stories with an eye to brevity so as to respect your time, but in enough detail to give you important insights as to the significance of their contributions. Included are 72 photos of their roses, most of which were contributed by Roch Rollin who haunted the Roseraie du Jardin botanique de Montréal for the subject roses. Also included are two poems by Blaine Marchand.


In the book’s Foreword, noted author Robert A. Osborne wrote “In the rarified world of Canadian roses, few stand out with more clarity and stature than Harry McGee. His exuberance is inextinguishable. He has spent a good portion of his life extolling their virtues and championing those who have bred and introduced these rugged plants. This latest exploration of his favourite subject is nothing less than a revelation.”




‘Thérèse Bugnet’is arguably the hardiest and most popular rose cultivar

on earth - bred in Alberta and grown successfully in Dawson, Yukon.



The book was published by National-Roses-Canada, the federation of independent rose societies across Canada. The author has directed all proceeds from its sale to support the federation, a charitable corporation. The book is 8½ x11 inches, flex cover with spine, 102 pages with index, printed on heavy coated stock and weighs 530g. It is identified as ISBN 978-0-9686988-6-0 and two copies are in The National Library in Ottawa.  It is priced at CAD or USD $23.00. For delivery in Canada, please add $10.00 toward the postage. To order, please provide your return address and your cheque made out to National-Roses-Canada. Mail them to the National-Roses-Canada head office, 41 Outer Drive, London, Ontario, Canada  N6P 1E1.


For delivery to other countries, please inquire what the cost of postage will be. It depends on distance from point of mailing.  Inquiries may be made by e-mail to rosecom@golden.net .  [If bank cheques are not available in your country, the good offices of Western Union have proven effective to transfer funds. In this case, the transfer must be between persons. Transfer the money to Harry McGee, the author, who will forward it to the federation.]


If you love roses, you will enjoy this book. Stay tuned for other publications on subsequent pages.