The Roses of the Ancient World * The Native Roses of Europe * Myths of the Rose - The Crusades * Red Roses of Europe * White Roses of Europe * Myths of the Rose - The Wars of the Roses * Roses in Renaissance Herbals * Garden Roses of the 17th Century * Musk Roses * Yellow Roses * Moss Roses * Garden Roses of the 18th Century * Sweetbriers * The Roses of America * Scotch Roses * Portland Roses * The Roses of China * The Four Stud Chinas 1 * The Four Stud Chinas 2 * Bourbons * Noisettes * Tea Roses * Hybrid Perpetuals * Standard Roses * Climbing & Rambling Roses * Early 19th-Century Roses Gardens * Robert Fortune and his China Rose: Hybrid Teas 1 * Hybrid Teas 2 * 'Marechal Niel' - the 19th Century's Most Popular Rose * Rose in the Language of Flowers 1 * Roses in the Language of Flowers 2 * Later Rose Gardens * Roseraie de l'Hay * Polyanthas * Pernetianas * Rosa wichurana and its hybrids * Multifloras * Moving into Modern Times.
Arranged chronologically, The Rose brings to life the arrival of each flower in European gardens, detailing the history of the layout of rose gardens and the role that roses play in the 'language of flowers'.
Brent Elliott was a staff member of the RHS Lindley Library for forty years, for most of that time as Librarian, and latterly as Historian. He is the author of Victorian Gardens (1986), The Country House Garden (1995), The Royal Horticultural Society (2004), RHS Chelsea Flower Show (2013), and Federico Cesi's Botanical Manuscripts (2015). He has served as Editor of Garden History, and of Occasional Papers from the RHS Lindley Library. He was for 21 years a member of English Heritage's Historic Parks and Gardens Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Victorian Society's Southern Buildings Committee.