HRF to Curate Heritage Rose Garden at American Rose Center

Roses Selected for the 4th Circle

This spring, the American Rose Center (ARC) Committee invited the Heritage Rose Foundation to participate in the Great Garden Restoration—a project that promises to turn the Shreveport headquarters of the American Rose Society into a world class garden destination. The focal point of this new design is the Clockworks Garden composed of four overlapping circles meant to evoke the inner workings of a clock. The overall theme of the Clockworks Garden is the history of roses in America with each circle featuring a different period of roses grown in America.

The Heritage Rose Foundation will curate the largest circle known as the Fourth Circle Garden. Our garden will feature pre‑1900 heritage roses, a perfect fit for the Foundation. A local Shreveport philanthropic foundation is funding the circle. Our responsibilities as curator include designing the garden using the best heritage rose varieties for the Shreveport region (usda Zone 8b), assisting in procuring the roses, and creating educational and informational content for signs that tell the stories these roses bring with them.

A committee of HRF trustees will guide this project to its completion. HRF trustees Peggy Martin and Pam Smith along with long time member Claude Graves will work with both the HRF committee and the ARC Committee to complete the project on schedule. Our goal is to begin installation in February of 2022. We are reaching out to our general membership to become involved. For starters, you can send us recommendations of heritage rose varieties to include. Remember they need to be of pre-1900 vintage and do well in northern Louisiana. Found roses as well as known varieties will be accepted for consideration. Sources would be greatly appreciated. To send suggestions simply reply to designated button for the Fourth Circle Garden. This information will be compiled by the HRF Committee under Stephen Scanniello’s guidance.

Abbott & Burns Family Rose
Adam                                       Aimée Vibert  Scandens
Alba Semi-plena
“Arcadia Louisiana Tea”
Archduke Charles
Autumn Damask
Baronne Prèvost
Blush Noisette
Cardinal de Richelieu
Céline Forestier
Cramoisi Supérior
Champneys’  Pink Cluster
Mlle Cècile Brunner, Cl.
Cramoisi Superior, Cl.
Devoniensis, Climbing
Clotilde Soupert
Comtesse du Cayla
“Temple Musk”
“Crenshaw Musk”
Duchesse de Brabant
Général Jacqueminot
Green Rose
Harison’s Yellow
Reine des Violettes
Le Pactole
Le Vésuve
Little White Pet
Louis Phillipe
Madame Antoine Mari
Madame Berkeley
Madame Ernest Calvat
Madame Isaac Pereire
Maman Cochet
White Maman Cochet

Marchesa Boccella
Marie Pavié
“Martha Gonzales”
Mary Washington
Mademoiselle  Franziska Krüeger
Monsieur Tillier
Mrs B R Cant
“Mrs. Keay's Pink”
“Natchitoches Noisette”
Old Blush
Perle d’Or
Princesse de Nassau
Shailer's Provence 
Souvenir de la Malmaison
“St. Leonards Noisette”
Vick's Caprice


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Goals of the Heritage Rose Foundation
  •  The collection of roses originating in the nineteenth century or earlier and roses with particular historic, educational, or genetic value (heritage roses).

  •   The establishment of one or more gardens wherein heritage roses may be grown and displayed.

  •   The advancement of research and investigations into heritage roses, including history, identification, genetics and breeding, propagation, diseases and pests, and suitability for landscape use.

  •   The publishing and dissemination of information about heritage roses, including any and all research that emanates from the foundation.

  •   The establishment and maintenance of a library of books, periodicals, research papers, manuscripts, catalogues, and other items to facilitate further research and investigation into heritage roses.

  •   The establishment of public knowledge of heritage roses through seminars, meetings, forums, panels, lectures, tours and exhibits designed to encourage and increase the public's perception of heritage roses.


The Heritage Rose Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1986, devoted to the preservation of old roses.
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