Temecula Valley Rose Society Newsletter
ARS Feature Article: Rose Resources on the Web|
Web Resourcesby Sue Hopkins
Past-President Heritage Roses Northwest (and Rainy Rose Society member)
Did you find a new computer under the Christmas tree or make a New Year's resolution that this is the year you're going online? Perhaps you're determined to make 2011 a year of cataloging your roses, learning more about rose culture, or talking with people in Great Britain, France, Japan or Australia about roses? Maybe you're planning a trip or you simply want to see photos of other rose growers' gardens. Have you figured out how to Google and now you wonder how to make use of being friended onto Facebook? These are only a few of the myriad reasons that more and more rose fans are going online. I've compiled some of my favorite sites to get you started. Here are friends old and new, inspiration and education, beauty and a wider world. All of these websites offer links to other websites and before you know it, you're off on your internet gardening adventure. If you come across Barking Dogs Garden or SeattleSuze, you've found me, so stop by and say hello or if you're shy, just have a look. Have fun!
Online Encyclopedia: 1) www.HelpMeFind.com: The worldwide rose, peony and clematis database of descriptions, photographs, nurseries, gardens, references and more, compiled through individual gardener contributions and maintained by a staff of expert volunteers. Free access to some portions of database, but because it only lives through volunteerism, your best support is $24 or more annual membership. Invaluable.
Garden Communities: 1) www.Gardenweb.com Antique rose and rose forums. The long-established website now owned by I Village is the largest on the Web and caters to gardeners, designers, cooks, pet owners, and photo galleries. The Antique Rose Forum is the busiest of all online rose forums.
Rose Organizations: 1) American Rose Society www.ars.org: Membership includes a monthly magazine, an annual, and four specialty journals.
4) www.heritagerosesnorthwest.org - websites with information about how to join local and national clubs. Intriguing blogs: 1) Designer and Author, Carolyn Parker's blog www.rosesfromatoz.com. 2) Heirloom Gardener, the gardening adventures of a NJ mother www.heirloomgardener.blogspot.com. 3) Roses and Stuff, a gardener's blog from Sweden, written in Swedish and English www.rosorochris.blogspot.com. 4) Paul Barden's blog on hybridizing roses www.paulbarden.blogspot.com.
Photographs: 1) Roger's Roses www.rogersroses.com the free website of Roger Phillips' rose photo collection.
Mail-Order Nurseries: 1) Northland Rosarium www.northlandrosarium.com of Spokane, WA carries roses proven to flourish in the PNW.
Some of the forums and websites require you to sign on as a member, establish a screen name and a password. There is usually no cost involved and security is high within the sites, meaning that you're unlikely to be bothered by scammers. I have had no trouble at all with personal information being given away without my permission, other than Facebook. Facebook is now implementing privacy boundaries that you control according to your desires, not theirs.
If you have concerns, ask a friend for more information or ask people who are also on the site. There will always be people who are very helpful and will walk you through the steps needed to reach your own comfort level. What you'll find is that many of the people you thought had abandoned gardening have simply become busier and are taking advantage of the opportunity to sit at their desks or in their easy chairs and chat about roses from a comfortable spot in their own time at their own pace. It's a virtual breath of fresh air.
Note:The Temecula Valley Rose Society has a large page of rose-related links at temeculavalleyrosesociety.org/links.html.