Our Growing Fields The Antique Rose Emporium’s growing fields are located just down the road from the display gardens, where our staff propagates more than 350 varieties of roses and an assortment of perennials, totaling 100,000 plants annually. From this location roses are shipped nationwide. Our company serves thousands of customers all over the continental United States, including e-commerce (mail order), wholesale, and retail. The Antique Rose Empo- rium supplies historical roses for every level of enthusiast -- from single roses for one-time guests, to scaled landscape projects and major national garden retailers. Truly, A Rose For You!
Roses are some of the most nu- tritious plants in the landscape. They attract rabbits, horses, cows and the most damaging of all, deer. Once they have feasted on their tasty foliage, deer will continue to search out roses. Flowers and hips are eaten as well, but total destruc- tion of the plant can be expected if there is not deterrent from the fre- quent browsing. You would think that the more thorns a rose has, the less the deer would forage but, un- fortunately, the number and size of rose’s thorns and prickles does nothing to slow down this assault. Deterrent sprays are helpful, but are only as good as your willing- ness to keep spraying (sometimes once a week is needed). Most fences are tacky or even worse ugly, and can detract from the beauty of a rose or worse, the whole garden. Fortunately, the tacky chicken wire that is used for vertical fencing can be used in a less offensive way. We have found a chicken wire “mat” to be amazingly effective when addressing this pest. The wire can be laid at the base of a rose bush, specifically, a four foot wide piece of chicken wire stretched out around the front and sides of the planted rose, elevated 2-4 inches by bricks that the wire will lay on. The deer are deterred from encroaching too close to the rose as they will not step where their footing is disturbed by the slightly elevated wire. The additional benefit of this method is that companion plants and groundcovers can be grown around your roses hiding and beautifying the garden. Liriope, verbena, dianthus or any number of annuals, perennials, herbs or other plants not typically foraged by deer are great companions to the roses and hide the unsightly but protective chicken wire.
The Antique Rose Emporium produces and sells own root roses in two gallon contain- ers. Each rose weighs about eight pounds and is shipped securely in specially designed boxes. An annual crop is released in the fall and is sold and delivered from mid-September through the end of May. In addtion to our roses, we offer a selection of gardening essen- tials, tools, books and gift items with the gar- dener in mind. Please note that roses entering western states (CA, WA, AZ, NV, ID, UT) must be stripped of leaves due to agricultural protocol (as seen in the rose picture below - on the ground and to the left of our office dog, Ginger.) Orders to Oregon are only shipped in January.
Delivery Date Guidelines It is best to reserve your selections early in the season while inventory is plentiful. De- livery dates can be delayed until ideal plant- ing time based on your cold hardiness zone. Hardiness zones: Zone 4 - End of May Zone 5 – May Zone 6 - Early September, April - May Zone 7 – September or March – May Zone 8 - 11 - October through May (as long as you are not experiencing freezing temperatures, or plant after last frost)