Where to find roses WI/IL

bean_counter_z4(Zone 4, Rkfd,IL)May 25, 2005

I've got 4 roses on my list--2 Austins, 1 Buck, 1HT that I cannot find locally. Anyone know a real good rose nursery in south central WI or northern IL? The roses I want are Sharifa Asma, Pat Austin, Distant Drums and Dainty Bess. Thanks for any help.

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I know that Jungs has Distant Drums --

    Bookmark   May 26, 2005 at 11:29AM
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tropicanarama(Chicago 5b)

Spring Valley Roses is very reputable and has beautiful plants. They are in southern WI and they specialize in hardy plants. http://www.springvalleyroses.com/

If they don't have what you want, though, why not mail order? The quality you get can be much more consistent and you're likely to get own-root, which will be more likely to handle our yucky weather. Sam Kedem nurseries is a great MN dealer. Pickering is done shipping for the season, but there's always High Country Roses, Ashdown, Antique Rose Emporium (their shipping closes down Tuesday), Amity Heritage Roses, Heirloom Roses, etc etc...

Ashdown lists this company as an Illinois retailer of their stuff:

Walkup Heritage Farm & Gardens
5215 Walkup Road
Crystal Lake, IL 60012

I know Gethsemane in Chicago has all the roses for sure except Dainty Bess - but I'd call ahead because they have such limited stock sometimes and you'd want to reserve it. They do have nice big healthy plants, although not all are own root.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2005 at 11:08AM
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The Growing Place in Naperville and Aurora has a great selection of roses. I bought 2 "Ramblin' Red" climbers there a few years ago.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2005 at 7:52AM
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It is way too late to mail order now.

Call Planter's palette in winfield, IL - they are a good nursery although not cheap. (they have a website). Mail order: I recommend chamblees roses for own root (exc. service, reasonable shipping) and pickering for grafted bareroot. Order in January to get your choices...

    Bookmark   June 8, 2005 at 10:51AM
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Pickering Nurseries isn't shipping anymore until next year. They use to ship twice in the year - Spring and Fall, but they changed that recently. Bummer!

    Bookmark   June 9, 2005 at 10:40AM
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tropicanarama(Chicago 5b)

Chamblee's is done too. High Country Roses continues to ship, and I think Roses Unlimited (huge own-roots)ships for another week.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2005 at 12:20PM
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I was at Gethsemane Nursery yesterday with my Mom - took the day off - and they had a great selection of roses. A lot of David Austins, climbers and OGRs. My only complaint is the price - $24.99 each. That's way more than I want to pay for a rose.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2005 at 8:08PM
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