If you like roses, you should take a look at Northland Rosarium. Selling both on the web at http://www.northlandrosarium.com/ and at their nursery at 9405 S. Williams Lane,
Spokane, WA 99224, they are one of the very best rose sellers in the USA. They sell all types of hardy roses: old European garden roses, Buck roses, David Austin roses, other new varieties of floribundas, climbers, hybrid teas and shrubs.
Only 12 minutes from downtown Spokane, Northland’s rose garden is open to the public during their season. You can see what the roses will look like at full size, smell the flowers, and pet the resident rodent control team (the cats). You can bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a day there.
Northland Rosarium will open to the public this year on Monday April 4th, 2011, and will be open Mondays thru Saturdays from 9:00 to 5:00. Then nursery closes to the public July 9th. They are also open for Garden tours and personal tours of the garden. In the Northland Rosarium Sales Cottage you can buy top of the line garden tools and accessories. They carry custom natural fertilizer, compost and other amendments for your garden soil.
While the catalog lists only their roses, if you go to their greenhouse they usually have other plants for sale- hydrangeas, clematis, hostas and others. And they are always very happy to answer any questions they have. One thing I always enjoy about a trip to their greenhouse is that there are usually some varieties for sale that didn’t make it into the catalog.
All their roses are grown on site, on their own roots. Having a local grower means that you know the plants are acclimated to this area. Having them on their own roots means that the plant is hardier. If an own-root rose dies back to the ground in a bad winter, the rose that comes up will still be the rose you wanted, not some rootstock rose. While an own-root rose may grow slower than a grafted one for the first couple of years, after year three it will far surpass the grafted rose. Own-root roses will usually live longer than a grafted one.
On April 16th, the Spokane Rose Society will be sponsoring a rose pruning seminar at Northland. There is no registration required; you’ll get to go into the garden and see demonstrations on how to prune the various roses.
I’ve been a long time customer of Northland Rosarium (with which I have no affiliation), and have always been thrilled with the plants I’ve gotten from them. They sell sturdy plants with good root systems, unlike some other sellers. When they ship their roses to you, the plants are leafed out so you have a plant you know is healthy and growing, unlike when you buy a bare root rose. They are continually testing new varieties for hardiness and disease resistance and offer the best of both old and new. The owners and staff alike are very knowledgeable about the roses and other plants.
Go to their website or call (509) 448-4968 to get a catalog, or view it on-line at http://northlandrosarium.com/index-1.cfm to see color photos of the roses.