House and Garden archives 9

Antique Bourbon roses…

The original Bourbon rose traced its lineage to the reign

of Louis-Philippe (1830 to 1848), when residents of Ile de Bourbon,

planted hedges of China and Damask roses that cross-pollinated.

These rose hips were sent to the king’s gardener in France,

and the Bourbon class of roses was born.


Madame Issac Perrier

c. 1881


Honorine de Brabant

beautiful in a border and bouquet…


Madame Ernst Calvat

c. 1888

Souvenir de Malmaison

Souvenir de Malmaison

this image is from here

c. 1843

Marie Antoinette and the Petit Trianon at Versailles

Named for the rose garden of Empress Josephine (Bonaparte)

Most gorgeous tinted pink organza cupped blossoms…


Bourbons are my favorites of all antique roses …

Retaining the beauty represented in 18th century portraits…

they are more vigorous, hardy, and remontant (repeat bloom).

Their fragrance and history are intoxicating.

Pierre-Joseph Redoute

Pierre-Joseph Redoute

“Pierre Joseph Redouté (1759-1840) illustrated approximately

50 botanical books during his lifetime making him one of the

most prolific and widely celebrated botanical artists

of the 18th and 19th centuries.”


Pierre-Joseph Redoute

The Glory of Roses Lacy

The Glory of Roses


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