2015 Nursery Guide
This is the 10th annual installment of the Nursery Guide, which first appeared in American Rose in 2006. The 2015 Nursery Guide contains about the same number of nurseries as the 2014 Nursery Guide (two less). We can report the rose collection of 3,000 plus varieties at the former Vintage Gardens Nursery in Sebastopol, CA, is now under the care of the Vintage Gardens Foundation, which seeks to preserve the collection for the future. Two Sisters Nursery in Newcastle, OK, closed this year. Family-owned Pickering Nurseries in Port Hope, ON, one of three Canadian rose nurseries that were listed because they shipped to the U.S. also suspended its rose operations for 2015 after many decades. Joel Schraven wrote August 14, 2014, in Garden Web:
Pickering Nurseries will not open for the 2015 season. The rose growing industry has seen a great many changes in the last 10 years. Unfortunately, the majority of these changes were negative for both the companies involved and their bottom lines. The pesticide ban enacted by Ontario in the mid 2000s, an increase in hybridizer royalty rates and how they are calculated … coupled with the Canadian government changing both import and export regulations (unable to ship to the U.S. in 2013 and additional ongoing issues with our root stock) have left me with no choice but to stop shipping roses for this season. Over the last several years Pickering Nurseries has been exploring alternative propagation techniques and changes to our business model. Both of these things are still a work in progress. We hope to have a small, core selection of rooted cuttings available in the spring of 2016.
It remains to be seen whether Pickering Nurseries will go back to rose production in 2016.