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'.


David Thompson David Thompson
Cat # RUDATH10     Roses: Rugosa
Hardy to Zone 2, Height:3ft., Disease Resistant,
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Deep pink to crimson double blooms(up to 25 petals) with yellow stamens offer a strong fragrance; Average diameter 3" blooms are in flushes Thorny, with a dense, rounded and upright habit; Small, medium green foliage; Can reach 3-4 feet in width

Bred by Dr. Felicitas Svejda (Canada, 1970). Introduced by Agriculture Canada Ottawa in 1979.


Henry Hudson Henry Hudson
Cat # RUHEHU10     Roses: Rugosa
Hardy to Zone 3, Height:4ft., Disease Resistant, Repeater,
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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 - 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'


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

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 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'


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'.