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The Rose Rustlers


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Greg Grant is the Smith County horticulturist for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Tyler.

William C. Welch is professor and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service landscape horticulturist in the department of horticultural science, Texas A&M University.


"a delightful, bright bloom of a book" --Galveston County Daily News--Galveston County Daily News
"Neither of [the authors], and perhaps no one else, has made antique roses more accessible than they have in The Rose Rustlers. It is a master class in the methods and philosophy of collecting and preserving roses, written almost as if it were a series of letters to a friend." --The American Gardner--The American Gardner
"Once again the duo of Welch and Grant give us a fascinating and educational book that belongs in every southern gardener's library. Beautifully illustrated with over two hundred color photographs, this book will easily pack along and serve as a reference to those who, like Bill and Greg, hope to seek out and save the lost roses across the South. For those who want to good armchair read, nothing could be as warmly and personally written." --Magnolia --Magnolia
"A superbly entertaining firsthand account of one of the most fascinating episodes in the history of American gardens. A must-read for anyone with an interest in heirloom roses and the survival of these classic beauties."--Thomas Christopher, author of In Search of Lost Roses-- (04/05/2017)
"This is a trip through the Old South and all the other places serious rosarians have joined arms and souls in the hunt for lost roses of yester-century. Reading this book is like a journey through two lifetimes of search and research."--Neil Sperry, author of Lone Star Gardening-- (04/11/2017)
"Two masterful horticulturists, one the mentor, one the student, weave a colorful and intriguing saga of plant discovery and human relationships that covers many decades and places, from California to South Carolina with a heavy dose of Texas, as they travel in search of lost and unnoticed heirloom roses. A touching, insightful read for anyone who loves life and, of course, roses!"--Chris S. Corby, editor and publisher, Texas Gardener-- (04/25/2017)
"Trust me when I say you don't have to have a green thumb to enjoy Grant and Welch's love letter to roses and rose rustling. However, green thumb or not, you may get the bug to start your very own rose garden if you haven't already."--Insite Magazine--Insite Magazine

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