Welcome to the new online store of Trevor White Roses | Specialist Grower of Old Roses
We have been growing old roses in Norfolk since 1984 and take great pride in producing quality plants. Good cultivation in virgin soil, strict grading and minimal storage ensure that they arrive in the best possible condition. Most of our roses can be purchased bare root (dormant) for delivery from November until March, in addition we also offer a selection that can be bought potted in peat-free compost which are available throughout the year.
Old Roses are our special passion, yet we love roses of all persuasions and stock many beautiful Species, Shrub, Modern, Climbing and Rambling Roses. Our aim is to offer a range that fully embodies the sheer diversity that roses can bring to your garden. Fragrance, foliage, fruit and flower come in a multitude of variations and permutations that provides a rose for virtually every situation.
We hope our new website helps and inspires you to discover more about our unique collection. The new search options and enhanced format should make finding the right rose from over 500 different varieties much easier.
Wonderful to see a feature on Old Roses on the BBC Gardeners World programme this week. Nick Bailey gave us a brief introduction to the Gallica, Alba and Damask groups from the wonderful Mottisfont Abbey gardens which was laid out by Graham Stuart Thomas and now holds the national collection of pre 1900 roses. In ancient times roses were grown not only for the beauty of their flowers but also for their medicinal properties. Attar and rose water are still produced today using many of the old varieties such as Quatre Saisons, Kazanlik, Alba Maxima and Officinalis. Their virtues are many and varied and not only include antimicrobial, antioxidant and analgesic benefits but also ward off depression, diabetes and inflammation. With their exotic scents, pastel tones and matt foliage they afford a calmer and more relaxed demeanour. They also make excellent garden plants, being far more tolerant of poorer conditions than many modern varieties. Although some are only summer flowering this tends to be very prolific over several weeks and should be savoured while it lasts. Rosa gallica Officinalis Quatre Saisons Alba Maxima