Hortico's Hardy Canadian Explorer Roses

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The Explorer series is a set of rose varieties specially developed to survive the Canadian winters by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) at Morden Research Station in Manitoba. They are exceptional for their hardiness in Canada. They require minimal care and are environmentally friendly, needing minimal sprays. They are hardy down to -35 C with only snow as protection, are disease resistant, flower repeatedly throughout the summer, require only minimal pruning and come in a variety of colours and sizes. See also their Parkland Series.

(Many thanks to AAFC and Dr. Campbell Davidson for permission to reproduce their information and rose photos. Hortico is a licensed distributor of these roses and pays a royalty for each one sold.)


Roses in this Series

Alexander Mackenzie Alexander Mackenzie
aka: A. Mackenzie, Alex MacKenzie
Cat # SHAMAC10     Roses: Modern and Old Shrub Roses
Hardy to Zone 3, Height:8ft., Disease Resistant, GoodSpreader, Repeater,
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11/17/2014
Red double to very double blooms (up to 50 petals) have yellow undertones and offer a mderate, raspberry fragrance; Average diameter 3" blooms are clustered and cupped form; An occasional repeater later in the season; Hardy with an upright, climbing and arching habit

Bred by Dr. Felicitas Svejda (Canada, 1970). Introduced in Canada by Agriculture Canada, Ottawa, Ontario (Central Experimental Farm) in 1985 as 'Alexander MacKenzie'


Champlain Champlain
aka: Samuel Champlain
Cat # SHCHAM10     Roses: Modern and Old Shrub Roses
Hardy to Zone 4, Height:4ft., Repeater,
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Scarlet red double blooms (up to 30 petals) with yellow stamens offer a mild fragrance; Occasional repeater later in the season; Thorny with a spreading habit; Can benefit from freeze protection in colder climates

Bred by Dr. Felicitas Svejda (Canada, 1973). Introduced by Agriculture Canada Ottawa in 1982 as 'Champlain'.


Charles Albanel Charles Albanel
Cat # RUCHAL10     Roses: Rugosa
Hardy to Zone 2, Height:4ft., Disease Resistant, Repeater, StrongGrower,
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11/1/2014
Red-lavendar semi-double florets. (Svejda 1982)

De Montarville De Montarville
aka: AC de Montarville
Cat # SHDEMO10     Roses: Modern and Old Shrub Roses
Hardy to Zone 3, Height:3ft., Disease Resistant, Repeater,
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Pink with lighter reverse double flowers. (L'Assomption 1998)

Frontenac Frontenac
Cat # SHFRON10     Roses: Modern and Old Shrub Roses
Hardy to Zone 3, Height:4ft., Disease Resistant, Repeater,
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deep pink, double blooms in clusters of 6 to 8; floriferous with repeats; (Ogilvie 1992)

George Vancouver George Vancouver
Cat # SHGEVA10     Roses: Modern and Old Shrub Roses
Hardy to Zone 4, Height:3ft., Disease Resistant, Repeater,
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Medium red(Canadian Explorer Rose 1998)

Henry Hudson Henry Hudson
Cat # RUHEHU10     Roses: Rugosa
Hardy to Zone 3, Height:4ft., Repeater,
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11/14/2014
White with pink hue, double and cupped when open; Nice fragrance; Low growing, tough, deep green foliage; Suitable as a low bedding plant; Very healthy; (Svejda 1967).

Henry Kelsey Henry Kelsey
Cat # SHHEKE10     Roses: Climbing Roses
Hardy to Zone 3, Height:9ft., Disease Resistant, Repeater,
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Warm, bright red double blooming(25 petals)clusters of 18 medium-sized blooms in cupped form; Hardy; Flowers freely and repeatedly; Mildew resistant; Can be trained as a climber; Fragrant and has glossy foliage; (Svejda 1984)

J.P. Connell J.P. Connell
Cat # SHJPCO10     Roses: Modern and Old Shrub Roses
Hardy to Zone 2, Height:5ft.,
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11/10/2014
Yellow-ivory double blooms (up to 50 petals) offer a strong fragrance; An occasional repeater later in the season; Very hardy, beware of blackspot

Bred by Dr. Felicitas Svejda (Canada, 1973). Introduced in Canada by Agriculture Canada, Ottawa, Ontario (Central Experimental Farm) in 1986 as 'J.P. Connell'.


John Cabot John Cabot
Cat # SHJOCA10     Roses: Rugosa
Hardy to Zone 3, Height:5ft., Disease Resistant, GoodHedge,
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11/15/2014
Very popular single/semi-double bloom. Ranging from a vibrant medium red-orange colouring. It is one of our Canadian hybrids thus hardy & low maintenance. (Svejda 1986)

John Davis John Davis
Cat # SHJODA10     Roses: Climbing Roses
Hardy to Zone 3, Height:7ft., Disease Resistant, StrongGrower,
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Canadian hybrid of pink-yellow tones. This double to very double bloom is free flowering is a strong hardy grower. Great climber.(Svejda 1986)

Louis Jolliet Louis Jolliet
Cat # SHLOJO10     Roses: Modern and Old Shrub Roses
Hardy to Zone 3, Height:5ft., Disease Resistant, Repeater,
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Pink double blooms (up to 30 petals) offer a mild, spice fragrance; Average diameter 3" blooms are clustered form; An occasional repeater later in the season; Claims of high disease resistance however also to beware of blackspot, can be trained to climb

Bred by Dr. Felicitas Svejda (Canada, 1984). Introduced in Canada by Agriculture Canada L'Assomption Quebec in 1998 as 'Louis Jolliet'.


William Baffin Rose of the year William Baffin
Cat # SHWIBA10     Roses: Climbing Roses
Hardy to Zone 3, Height:8ft., Disease Resistant, Repeater, StrongGrower,
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Strawberry pink blooms with yellowish centre around golden stamens; very vigorous with healthy and glossy foliage; suitable for the colder areas where most roses won't thrive; (Svejda 1983)

William-Booth William-Booth
aka: AC William-Booth
Cat # SHWIBO10     Roses: Modern and Old Shrub Roses
Hardy to Zone 2, Height:6ft., Disease Resistant, GoodSpreader, Repeater,
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Red single blooms (up to 5 petals) with pink reverse and golden-yellow stamens offer a mild fragrance; Average diameter 2" blooms are clusterred form; An occasional repeater later in the season; Tall, arching habit; Very hardy and can be trained to climb

Bred by Dr. Ian S. Ogilvie (Canada, 1984). Bred by Dr. Felicitas Svejda (Canada, 1984). Introduced in Canada by Agriculture Canada L'Assomption Quebec in 1997 as 'William-Booth'