The Rose: The History of the World’s Favourite Flower in 40 Captivating Roses with Classic Texts and Rare Beautiful PrintsFrom roses in the ancient world and the Renaissance to Bourbons, Noisettes, Multifloras, and modern varieties, this gorgeous book pays tribute to the world’s most beloved flower. With expert text from Brent Elliott, a historian at the Royal Horticultural Society, The Rose introduces the most popular species and hybrids, explores the layout of rose gardens through the years, delves into the myths surrounding the flower, and examines roses in the language of love.
Dr. Brent Elliott is Historian at the RHS, where he has worked for almost 40 years. He is the author of Victorian Gardens (Weidenfeld & Nicolson), Treasures of the Royal Horticultural Society (Timber Press), The Country House Garden (Firefly Books), Flora: an Illustrated History of the Garden Flower (Antique Collector’s Club Ltd.), The Royal Horticultural Society: A History 1804–2004 (Phillimore & Co, Ltd.), and most recently, RHS Chelsea Flower Show: a Centenary Celebration (Frances Lincoln). A former editor of Garden History, he is currently editor of Occasional Papers from the RHS Lindley Library. He is a member of the Victorian Society’s Buildings Committee, and for 25 years was a member of the Historic Parks and Gardens Committee/Panel of English Heritage.