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|On May 9, 2021, DonnaMack Elgin, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
Posted on September 8, 2020, updated May 9, 2021
On June 22nd, 2004, DonnaMack added the following:
I just wanted to report that my roses are all in bloom. The first mini-flush produced tiny bud like flowers, but the successive blooms are producing larger and larger flowers in increasing quantities. They are absolutely gorgeous. Here in northern Illinois we have had a very wet spring, and all of the roses have shown their vigor while other plants in my garden have shown fungal disease. This surprised me, because Zephirine is blackspot prone. My concerns about ordering from a company in Texas when I am in Zone 5a were unnecessary. While some of the leaves took a beating because of the temperature change post transplant, I clipped them off and they were quickly replaced. I'm very pleased and look forward to buying more roses from them next year.
On June 13th, 2005, DonnaMack added the following:
For my second year roses from this wonderful company I ordered 3 Gruss an Aachen and 1 Enfant de France. Yes, after arrival they sometimes look a little weak. My Enfant came bursting out of the gate with a huge bloom within two days of arrival, but my 3 Gruss looked a bit weak and had blackspot, and then mildew. I watered them, fertilized them, picked off the blackspotted leaves, sprayed them with seaweed emulsion and BOOM, within a month of arrival the leaves are 100% healthy and they are covered with buds and blooms. It's as though someone waved a magic wand over them. I read someone else.s feedback about a bit of patience and they were right. The plants are superb. They bounce back from shipping with great speed and vigor.
On April 14th, 2008, DonnaMack added the following:
I just received my 2008 order from this company, and I continue to be very pleased with the packaging, customer service, and quality of their beautiful roses. Receiving roses in my zone at this time of year that are covered with leaves (and buds!) is a real treat - the ones in my yard are just barely budding. I recommend them to others and will continue to be a customer.
On June 25th, 2008, DonnaMack added the following:
Year after year, beautiful roses, great packaging, lovely selection. The roses I installed in Mid-April are "guest ready" because they are in full bloom two months later. And the flowers are full sized. What a great company!
On June 15th, 2009, DonnaMack added the following:
Again, I ordered roses from this wonderful company that that exceeded the very high expectation that they have set. I look forward to doing so every year.
On May 25th, 2015, DonnaMack added the following:
This year I ordered Enfant du France and two Rose de Rescht from this wonderful company. Many of my early old garden roses were from them, but shipping was a bit high and I had not ordered in five years. But this year they made me, as they say, an offer I couldn't refuse. If I would purchase Mike Shoup's glorious book, Empress of the Garden, I could have a free rose, and pay only the shipping. I ended up buying the three above and they are wonderful plants. My only fear is that I have seen their incredible new catalog and am going to have to pay those shipping costs, because some of their new roses, which I have never heard of because they hybridized them, are irresistible.
On May 11th, 2016, DonnaMack added the following:
This years I added the much sought after (read hard to get) bourbon rose Louise Odier to my garden from this company. Expertly package, fresh and moist, and easy to plant. This is one of the few companies that makes it easy to slip a rose into the ground. I have backordered some other roses that cannot be found elsewhere, and am looking forward to ordering them.
On July 2nd, 2016, DonnaMack added the following:
As I mentioned above, this year's happy acquisition is Rose Louise Odier. I installed it April and it is getting its first beautiful blooms. A perfectly shaped plant, and hard to find, it is just the latest in the beautiful series of roses from this wonderful company.
On April 12th, 2018, DonnaMack added the following:
I just received spectacular roses from Antique Rose Emporium. I got two Jean Rex, by which I was particularly pleased since ARE is effectively the only source. When a company is the only source for a rose that sells out year after year, you often have to cross your fingers on its quality. Not so.
I also received a very large Perle D'or and a terrific Ann's Beautiful Daughter, a Pioneer Rose that is a cross between Heritage and Old Blush. I usually do not buy roses with which I have no experience, but felt enough confidence in ARE to do so. And the confidence was justified.
I find them unique, amongst other reasons, because they are finding and creating new roses that are scented and lovely and hardy in my zone.
On April 16th, 2020, DonnaMack added the following:
I just received four exquisite roses from Antique Rose Emporium. I ordered Marchesa Boccella, White Pet, Ballerina and White Pet. And wow, they are gorgeous. The two-gallon containers were carefully packed and shipped. No loose dirt with these roses.
Because of conditions around the country, they asked to ship the roses a bit early, making it clear that they would work with me if the earlier date was inconvenient. For me it ended up being only a week early, but you would never know.
I took advantage of a shipping special, and grabbed the roses before the basic price went up a bit, but I would have been very happy to pay more for such magnificent roses.
On September 8th, 2020, DonnaMack added the following:
As my comments indicate, I have been ordering from this company since 2004. Obviously I am a very satisfied customer, but I must touch on something that makes them, I think, really responsible.
Their return policy simply asks that you return the tag that came with the plant with a $5 remittance. I have ordered, over time, at least 25 roses and have only had issues with two (and one may have been entirely my fault). On both occasions, one recently, I tested this policy and it is honored. The fact that the roses come in two-gallon containers only makes it more impressive.
Bravo, ARE. I have several gardening clients, and I consistently send them to ARE if they want slightly larger roses and are concerned about bareroot roses.
I will be back!
On May 9th, 2021, DonnaMack added the following:
Being very happy with last year's purchases, I ordered Bliss Parfuma, White Pet, 2 Marie Dalys and a Gruss an Aachen. They came yesterday and are all wonderful. Some of these are duplicates I ordered in earlier years because I am so delighted with them. I usually keep my roses in pots for a while but the size and quality of these makes me so confident that I normally just put them directly into the ground.
This is my 17th year ordering from these wonderful people. I intend to continue for many more.
|On Oct 11, 2020, Le_Not Coralville, IA (Zone 5b) wrote:
I ordered a 'Graham Thomas' rose for fall planting, which arrived well-packed and sensitively pruned. It had no foliage when it arrived, but started to bud immediately. Several weeks later, it's a very healthy-looking little plant. I'm very pleased with my experience, and intend to order from Antique Rose Emporium again.
|On Apr 28, 2017, LIRose Peconic, NY wrote:
This top-notch vendor never disappoints. I received my latest order of big, beautiful OGR plants from ARE and couldn't be happier. Antique Rose Emporium is one of the last great suppliers of quality ownroot vintage roses--in two gallon sizes, no less! I'm personally very thankful that they're still going strong so many years later. A+++ in every way.
|On Apr 26, 2017, RJClark6 Bel Air, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:
I bought two roses last year and have recently received my third rose, a climbing iceberg. I could not be more pleased. This is a great company, very professional and I would highly recommend them to any of you. The roses they sent me were healthy and are doing well in my garden. The roses were well-packed with care, and it's obvious this is a great company to do business with.
|On Apr 15, 2016, tbuff Nellysford, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:
Overall, was pleased with the roses I received. You may pay a few dollars more for their roses, but it is worth it, especially if you value a larger plant that does not require as much babying as a small band.
|On May 21, 2015, Mayimo Bel Air, MD wrote:
I have ordered online roses for years. Some of them arive so-so in terms of their foliage, canes condition, etc; others are too small; others pakaged in a really lousy way...you name it. Until I found this company. They are extremely meticulous with their packaging and the roses come wrapped and protected. More so, these plants that I got today are way more than a skinny stick. They come in a gallon container (surprise) and ready to plant without the hastle of potting and repotting. I am officially in love.
|On May 10, 2015, ARGrandma Monticello, AR wrote:
Due to the success of the roses I have received from ARE, I have become a avid rose grower. I have been ordering my own and receiving gift roses from relatives for the past 4 years from ARE. My rose plants have arrived from November and March thru May. I live in Arkansas Zone 8 and find late Fall gives my roses the best start but all have done well. In all cases, the roses have been well packed and arrived healthy. All Mar - May plants have bloomed in the first month of arrival. The are nice size plants in gallon containers. I sought and received helpful phone advice twice since our humid climate can get terribly hot some summers. I want to stick to roses which are heat tolerant and disease resistant. I highly recommend ARE as an excellent source of roses for the South - both mail order and walk in. The web site is very easy to navigate and you can sort their catalog by any category such as color, height, kind etc.
|On Mar 12, 2014, ATLGARDEN Atlanta, GA wrote:
Two roses I ordered last year have done very well. I just received this years order and it looks as good as the 2013 plants. I like the fact the plants are shipped potted not bare root and they have their own roots. Plants seemed to acclimate faster than bare root roses I have ordered from other sources. Shipping is reasonable given weight of a full 2 gallon pot. Selection is vast!
|On Jan 13, 2014, wasbloomin Echo, LA wrote:
I have now ordered a total of 8 roses from ARE. All have been beautiful healthy plants. Also got their long armed gardening gloves that are wonderful. I love this company and am trying to convince my husband a spring road trip to Brenham is necessary.
|On Jun 7, 2013, Citro Eden, MD wrote:
My first order was well packed and the roses were leafed out. 6 weeks later there are many blooms on my Le Vesuve, Blush Noisette and Souvenir de la Malmaison. I will definitely order again.
|On Apr 29, 2013, ginnyg898 Lakewood, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:
I placed my first order with Antique Rose Emporium a couple of weeks ago. The representative on the phone was very helpful and my order arrived right when she said it would. I received a "Peggy Martin" climber and, although it was stripped prior to shipping, it was already starting to leaf out when I opened the box. It was very well packed and in great condition. I planted it in the bed the weekend before last and it has already grown a great deal and is very healthy. I wish I could afford to buy all of the beautiful roses that this vendor offers...great experience!
|On Apr 24, 2013, rosepetal2 Danvers, MA wrote:
Posted on April 24, 2013, updated April 24, 2013
On April 24th, 2013, rosepetal2 changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
I am relieved and delighted to report that Michael Shoup phoned me to discuss my issues and we have amicably resolved them. I appreciated the call and very real concern he has over his business and the quality of roses the provide. I'll continue to use Antique Rose Emporium as a valuable source for my garden and those of my clients. Thank you Michael.
|On Mar 16, 2013, Torisgrdn Leesburg, FL wrote:
I want to start by saying I am new to ordering plants online. However, my first shipment with ARE, I was very,very impressed. I had ordered two climbing pinkies, and the plants were beautiful and well packed for shipping. I was so impressed, I decided to order 4 more plants. I ordered 2 Belinda's Dream, a Buff Beauty and Duchesse de Brabant. I was home when the delivery arrived. I could tell from the outside of the boxes, it wasn't going to be good. Dirt was coming out the tops. Somehow during shipment, I think the boxes must have been upside down.
|On Feb 7, 2013, RUBYS Wrens, GA wrote:
I just received my first order. I was a little hesitant placing the order because of high shipping cost, but it was worth it. Excellent packing, very large healthy plants. I can't wait for my first blooms.
|On Oct 27, 2012, nclivin Salisbury, NC wrote:
Posted on November 17, 2011, updated October 27, 2012
On October 27th, 2012, nclivin added the following:
I did not expect it to get to a full size in 1 year! Such a pretty rose. Cascading form with lots of fun pink/white flowers. Very healthy! I will only buy roses from them because I know they sell quality!
|On May 14, 2012, ermosa Beeville, TX wrote:
I bought two Peggy Martin roses last year and they are doing even better than I had hoped for because of our drought. They were healthy plants when I received them and still are. They are growing so much I had to add an extra trellis to hold the new growth up and they are blooming beautifully. Thank you.
|On May 7, 2012, trudyh North Kingstown, RI wrote:
I planted most of my seven roses in the last 2-3 years. I was just doing spring time garden maintenance and noticed that the roses from the Antique Rose Emporium were all flourishing like green bay trees. The roses from elsewhere looked quite spindly or, in one case, dead in comparison. These have all gotten the same care.
|On Apr 13, 2012, willoxt wrote:
Last week I received my order of 2 rose plants, and was very satisfied. The packing was great, and the size of the plants even greater. I would order from them again, and am very pleased.
|On Mar 9, 2012, blossomdays Austin, TX wrote:
I ordered three roses from the Antique Rose Emporium and am very pleased at how healthy they look and how well wrapped the bushes were. The roses I purchased from them last year have been doing well, and I'm sure these new ones will too. This is obviously a company that pays attention to quality and good customer relations. Thay have a wonderful selection as well.
|On Jan 20, 2012, egardens Hutto, TX wrote:
Ordered five roses during the end of the Texas Summer. Rose shrubs came stripped of leaves to allow for better travel. For reorders probably better to order 2, 4, 6, 8 to keep shipping costs down as the 5th rose added more shipping as it shipped by itself. Planted and watered for a couple of months and then left them to their own devices. All of the roses are flourishing great in a lucky mild Winter. Two of them are already a couple feet round and tall maybe larger. Very happy with my purchase and have reordered. Also want to mention that I like the selection and website.
|On Nov 15, 2011, lahomesteader Loranger, LA wrote:
I placed an order fro three roses on a Monday (online) and received notification that the plants would arrive Friday (yeah, right!). Lo and behold, I received my order on Friday at 4:30 pm. Plants arrived in great shape, were of good size, and well packed. I could not have asked for better service - they really seem to have their act together.
|On Sep 21, 2011, ReneeReed West Fork, AR wrote:
I ordered 6 yellow roses for a very particular client and received perfect rose bushes. They were well packaged and healthy. I will definitely order with you again. All the roses bloomed well and are still doing fine. Thank you for being such a wonderful source with great employees who go over and beyond to help out buyers.
|On Jul 25, 2011, phdler Homer, NY wrote:
Two roses arrived in great shape and are thriving. Have been a customer of ARE for years and never been disappointed.
|On Jul 2, 2011, keps Barton Creek, TX wrote:
WOW!! I love this place! I'll order again :)
|On Jun 2, 2011, Rosegirls Fort Worth, TX wrote:
Almost ten years ago, I planted a Antique Rose Garden at my honey & my first home.(Used ARE!) Now,two kids and several moves later, I am creating a new rose garden. What a blessing to return a company and find them just as reliable, as charming, as helpful, and even more knowledgable than before! We ordered three roses to begin. Called in the order. Service was prompt and respectful! Roses came early! All three are healthy and vigorous. All three have buds, blooms, or new growth. My daughters squealed with delight to see the ARE box on the front porch- and it did not disappoint! Spending our time now making a list of what to order in the Fall!
|On May 25, 2011, garden_bear Silver City, NM wrote:
This spring, 2011, I ordered five roses from J&P, two from David Austin and two from the Antique Rose Emporium.
|On May 3, 2011, dontruman Victoria, TX wrote:
Posted on September 22, 2010, updated May 4, 2011
On September 22nd, 2010, dontruman added the following:
It's now the end of September and all the roses grew substantially during the summer and provided some flowers. They are now beginning their fall growth and blossom flush and are very attractive. I ordered seven climbing varieties from the Antique Rose Emporium on 9/19 and they arrived 9/22, all in excellent condition. I intend to train them up palm, mesquite and pecan trees as well as a telephone pole. Request a copy of their printed catalog; it contains a lot of useful information on how to utilize and manage your roses as well as beautiful photographs.
On May 3rd, 2011, dontruman added the following:
It's now early May 2011. I ordered, or bought from a local nursery, additional climbing and bush roses from the Antique Rose Emporium that I planted early this spring. I've purchased 26 of their roses during the last 12 months and all are doing exceptionally well.
|On Feb 24, 2011, BUTTONS_MAMA Mobile, AL wrote:
i have ordered twice from this company; last year and this year. I was having a hard time choosing what roses to plant in a hedge because there were so many pretty ones but they helped me decide on Carefree Beauty. They all did fabulous. I bought a bunch of Iceberg's this year which i have planted and now can't wait to see the blooms.
|On Feb 12, 2011, jessbellamy Charleston, SC wrote:
Ordered a Madame Alfred Carriere Rose in May of last year, planted it in an unfortunately hot summer and the rest is history. It is now 6 ft tall and heading to the roof, I suspect.
|On Jun 11, 2010, trudyjh North Kingstown, RI wrote:
Posted on April 29, 2010, updated June 11, 2010
On June 11th, 2010, trudyjh added the following:
Update: It's June and the roses are amazing. Both these and the ones I got from Edmunds are the healthiest roses I've ever seen.
|On May 24, 2010, ClemsonTiger96 Atlanta, GA wrote:
Arriving today is my first order from ARE.. WOW!
|On Apr 27, 2010, sbrr League City, TX wrote:
Excellent experience with Antique Rose Emporium. I ordered the Felicia rose which arrived when expected and larger and healthier than other roses I have ordered via mail. The Felicia rose has grown very quickly and looks and smells gorgeous. I would definitely order from A.R.E. again. :)
|On Apr 16, 2010, bungalow1056 Winston-Salem, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:
great Rose nursery; have ordered from them several times and all plants have been exactly as described, healthy and vigorous.
|On Mar 30, 2010, mocatmom Driftwood, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
Posted on April 18, 2009, updated March 30, 2010
On March 30th, 2010, mocatmom added the following:
Another great order from ARE with the arrival of G. Nabonnand in bud!
|On Mar 8, 2010, kimberlihiggins Little Rock, AR wrote:
I have ordered from Antique Rose Emporium several times. Each time my roses have arrive healthy and ready to plant. (and packed with the greatest of care). When I have questions I email them and they get right bake to me. As someone who owns their own business I do understand that despite your best efforts sometimes things go wrong, so to all of you out there that have had a bad experience with this company I am sorry that your initial dealing was disheartening. I happen to admire there work and think that they deserve a second chance.
|On Feb 3, 2010, oldroselover Fort Worth, TX wrote:
I have mail ordered roses from the Antique Rose Emporium for years, in addition to buying their roses from local nurseries in the Fort Worth, Texas area. Finding their roses and their catalog in a now defunct garden shop many years ago led me to my great love and appreciation of old garden roses. I have never had a negative experience with them, either online or on the phone. Their plants always arrive healthy and well packed. They have a wonderful variety of old roses available. I have also grown or given as presents several of their own Texas Pioneer roses, and they have all been beautiful and hardy. Their display gardens in Brenham, Texas are a "must visit" if you are a true rose lover. It is a great way to see so many of the roses they offer in their full and mature beauty in the landscape. One day I will make it to the San Antonio location and display gardens as well. These folks deserve only positives, according to my experience!
|On Jan 8, 2010, wynswid Garland, TX wrote:
I have been ordering roses from ARE for years. The roses have always arrived healthy and well-packed. All of them have lived and produced beautiful blooms. I have had especially good results with the Mutabilis.
|On Sep 30, 2009, WeeklyWeeder Polson, MT (Zone 5b) wrote:
I ordered 2 Therese Bugnet and 2 Sir Thomas Lipton rugosas as well as 1 Iceberg Climbing rose.
|On Sep 26, 2009, Thomasgugel Live Oak, FL wrote:
I was delighted to find exactly the roses I was looking for at ARE. Even though the catalog said that they were two gallon roses, I expected something a lot smaller. I was surprised when the roses arrived in full size, two gallon nursery pots. They were well packaged in a box obviously designed especially for the roses. Despite the three days in transit, the roses looked healthy. After less than a day in the ground, the leaves have already perked up. If I had more sun, I'd defintily buy more roses.