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'


Charles Albanel Charles Albanel
aka: RSM 97-672
Cat # RUCHAL10     Roses: Rugosa
Hardy to Zone 2, Height:3ft., Disease Resistant,
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Red semi-double to double blooms (15 to 20 petals) have mauve shading, yellow stamens and offer fragrance; Average diameter 3" blooms are in clustered form and bloom in flushes; Thorny with light green foliage and produces decorative hips; Hardy with a spreading habit, good ground cover

Bred by Dr. Felicitas Svejda (Canada, 1970) Introduced by Agriculture Canada Ottawa in 1982 as 'Charles Albanel'


De Montarville De Montarville
aka: AC de Montarville
Cat # SHDEMO10     Roses: Modern and Old Shrub Roses
Hardy to Zone 3, Height:5ft., Disease Resistant, Repeater,
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Pink double blooms (up to 25 petals) have a lighter pink reverse and offer a mild, fruity fragrance; Average diameter 2.75" blooms are borne mostly solitary form; An occasional repeater later in the season; Arching habit and almost thornless

Bred by Dr. Ian S. Ogilvie (Canada, 1982). Bred by Dr. Felicitas Svejda (Canada, 1982). Introduced in Canada by Agriculture Canada L'Assomption Quebec in 1997 as 'De Montarville'


Henry Hudson Henry Hudson
Cat # RUHEHU10     Roses: Rugosa
Hardy to Zone 3, Height:4ft., Disease Resistant, Repeater,
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11/14/2014
White double blooms (up to 25 petals) have pink shading, yellow stamens and offer a moderate, clove fragrance' Average diameter 3" blooms are in flat form; An occasional repeater; Hardy and thorny with wrinkled, dark green foliage; Bushy, dense and spreading habit, reaching widths of up to 4 feet

Bred by Dr. Felicitas Svejda (Canada, 1966). Introduced in Canada by Agriculture Canada, Ottawa, Ontario (Central Experimental Farm) in 1979 as 'Henry Hudson'


Henry Kelsey Henry Kelsey
aka: RSM 81-1862
Cat # SHHEKE10     Roses: Climbing Roses
Hardy to Zone 3, Height:9ft., Disease Resistant, Repeater,
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Warm red double blooms offer a moderate, fruity-spice fragrance; Average diameter 3" blooms are in large clustered form; An occasional repeater; Hardy and shade tolerant, beware of blackspot; Benefits from spring pruning and freeze protection

Bred by Dr. Felicitas Svejda (Canada, before 1984). Introduced in Canada by Agriculture Canada, Ottawa, Ontario (Central Experimental Farm) in 1986 as 'Henry Kelsey'


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 2, Height:8ft., Disease Resistant,
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11/15/2014
Deep pink-red double blooms (up to 40 petals) have purple highlights and offer a mild fragrance; Average diameter 3" blooms are in clustered form; An occasional repeater; Thorny with light green foliage; Very hardy but may benefit from spring pruning and freeze protection in cold climates; Can reach widths of up to 10 feet

Bred by Dr. Felicitas Svejda (Canada, 1969). Introduced in Canada by Agriculture Canada, Ottawa, Ontario (Central Experimental Farm) in 1977 as 'John Cabot'


John Davis John Davis
Cat # SHJODA10     Roses: Climbing Roses
Hardy to Zone 2, Height:7ft., Repeater,
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Light pink double blooms (up to 40 petals) have yellow stamens and offer a spice fragrance; Average diameter 3.5" blooms are in clustered form; An occasional repeater; Beware of disease; Very hardy but may benefit from spring pruning and freeze protection in cold climates

Bred by Dr. Felicitas Svejda (Canada, 1977). Introduced in Canada by Agriculture Canada, Ottawa, Ontario (Central Experimental Farm) in 1977 as 'John Davis'


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 2, Height:10ft., Disease Resistant, HeatTolerant, GoodHedge, Repeater, StrongGrower,
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Deep pink-red semi-double to double blooms (12-20 petals) have yellow stamens with a hint of a white centre and offer a mild fragrance; Average diameter 2.5" blooms are in large clustered and flat form; An occasional repeater; Arching habit and thorny with small, glossy foliage; Very hardy and shade tolerant, resitance to disease high however be cautious of blackspot

Bred by Dr. Felicitas Svejda (Canada, 1974). Introduced in Canada by Agriculture Canada, Ottawa, Ontario (Central Experimental Farm) in 1983 as 'William Baffin'.