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

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
aka: RSM 97-672
Cat # RUCHAL10     Roses: Ground Cover Roses
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, this rugosa can make a 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'


Frontenac Frontenac
aka: RSM FR
Cat # SHFRON10     Roses: Modern and Old Shrub Roses
Hardy to Zone 2, Height:4ft., Disease Resistant, Repeater,
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Deep pink, 3" double blooms (up to 25 petals) have white undertones, golden-yellow stamens and offer a mild fragrance; An occasional repeater; Dense habit with glossy, dark green foliage; Can reach up to 3 feet in width; Very hardy

Bred by Dr. Felicitas Svejda (Canada, 1981). Introduced in Canada by Agriculture Canada L'Assomption Quebec in 1993 as 'Frontenac'.


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'.


John Cabot John Cabot
Cat # SHJOCA10     Roses: Rugosa
Hardy to Zone 2, Height:8ft., Disease Resistant,
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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; 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; 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'.


Martin Frobisher Martin Frobisher
Cat # RUMAFR10     Roses: Rugosa
Hardy to Zone 3, Height:6ft., GoodHedge, Repeater,
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Pale pink, 2.5" double blooms (up to 40 petals) offer fragrance; An occasional repeater; Upright habit, almost thornless and can reach up to 4 feet in width;

Bred by Dr. Felicitas Svejda (Canada, 1961). Introduced in Canada by Agriculture Canada, Ottawa, Ontario (Central Experimental Farm) in 1968 as 'Martin Frobisher'


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

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


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'