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‘It is hard to image how this could be bettered for many years as the definitive history of roses.’

— Charles Quest-Ritson, Garden History

A protean subject … handled with such serenity and skill.’

— Helen Castor, Times Literary Supplement

‘The finest disquisition published thus far on the early history and symbolism of the rose.’

— Tim Richardson, Daily Telegraph

‘Potter has ranged through time and space to discover what it is about the rose that gives it such potency … a remarkable and gripping work of scholarship.’

— Mary Keen, Gardens Illustrated
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