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

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'


George Vancouver George Vancouver
Cat # SHGEVA10     Roses: Modern and Old Shrub Roses
Hardy to Zone 3, Height:3ft., Repeater,
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Red to deep pink double blooms (up to 24 petals) have yellow stamens and offer a mild fragrance; Average diameter 2.75" blooms are in clustered and cupped form; An occasional repeater; Thorny with glossy, medium green foliage; Hardy

Bred by Dr. Ian S. Ogilvie (Canada, 1983). Bred by Dr. Felicitas Svejda (Canada, 1983). Introduced in Canada by Agriculture Canada L'Assomption Quebec in 1995 as 'George Vancouver'.