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

Henry Kelsey - Potted Henry Kelsey - Potted
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; 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'


John Davis - Potted John Davis - Potted
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'