Roses have inspired centuries’ worth of clichés, but we get it: they’re one of the planet’s most treasured natural beauties and most enduring symbols of love and friendship. So on a recent trip to the Lone Star state, gardening nut Annie was jazzed when she stumbled across the Antique Rose Emporium, a Brenham, Texas-based nursery and mail-order source for exquisitely beautiful blooms.
Eschewing fussy modern hybrids that can drive even the most experienced gardeners to fits of hair pulling, Emporium owner Mike Shoup specializes in Earth-Kind, Pioneer, and old-fashioned varieties that have grown for decades, untended, in neighborhoods and cemeteries. These roses are tougher and more resilient, and can even withstand the notorious extremes of the Texas climate.
The original Emporium, located on the site of an early settler’s homestead, has eight acres of sculpted gardens—featuring a wide variety of “living antiques,” plus native plants, perennials, herbs, and wildflowers—with plenty of inspirational ideas for home gardeners. They also host seasonal events, demonstrations, and weddings.
We thought we’d provide a bit of flower power ourselves with today’s giveaway—a pair of Pine Cone Hill’s Signature Capris in Piper Coral and coordinating coral Sheepy Fleece robe —a $160 value! To enter, simply answer this question in the comments below: what’s your favorite color or variety of rose? The giveaway starts on Tuesday, May 8, and runs until 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, May 10. (View the full rules here.)
Congratulations to our winner, Beth M. from Texas! And a special thanks to design blogger Linda Merrill for referring Beth to Fresh American! Linda will be awarded the same prize plus one to give away on her blog, Surroundings!