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Heritage Rose District of New York City

The Heritage Rose District of New York City is the first and only rose [1]

The Heritage Rose District includes the western portion of Northern Manhattan between West 122nd and West 163rd streets, with [1][2]

Heritage Rose District of NYC. Updated May 2012


The Heritage Rose Foundation was established in 1986 and is devoted to the preservation of old roses. It is a nonprofit organization committed to the preservation of heritage roses and promotion of their culture; as well as to establish gardens where these roses may be grown and appreciated by the public; to promote public knowledge and appreciation of heritage roses and their preservation.[3]

The Foundation has an official list of goals.[4]

In early 2011, a mobile walking tour was created for the Heritage Rose District.[5] The template for the mobile site was created by Jacob Graff, a high school student from Dallas, Texas; an iPhone version is being developed. The tour takes visitors through the history each of the District’s sites. June 9, 2012 was officially proclaimed Jacob Graff Day by New York City in honor of Jacob's contribution.[6][7]

Future planting sites are currently being proposed. Sites will have plenty of raised beds.[8]


The majority of roses selected for the Heritage Rose District are known to be grown in New York City before the twentieth century. They are described in the Manhattan Borough President's Office website. Single quotes with a name denote a known name. Double quotes denote a “study” name, meaning the rose is in commerce but its origins have been lost.[9] The majority of roses for the Heritage Rose District were donated, and by June 2012 ~1000 roses are on display. Matthew Graff, a high school student from Dallas, TX, built a misting system to allow him to grow and then donate roses to the District. Matthew is expanding the system to allow him to grow over 1,000 roses simultaneously. His system has been featured in the Dallas Morning News and on the Dallas NBC affiliate, Channel 5.

  •  '​Apothecary's Rose '​ and  '​Rosa Mundi '​
  •  '​Audubon '​
  •  '​Baltimore Belle '​
  •  '​Celsiana '​
  •  '​Centifolia '​
  •  '​Cramoisi Supérieur '​
  •  '​Duchess of Portland '​
  •  '​Fellemberg '​
  •  '​Graham Thomas's Single Musk '​
  •  '​Green Mount Red '​
  •  '​Green Ros '​
  •  '​Harison’s Yellow '​
  •  '​Hermosa '​
  •  '​Louis Philippe '​
  •  '​Madame Boll '​
  •  '​Maggie '​
  •  '​Maitland White '​
  •  '​Princess de Nassau '​
  •  '​Puerto Rico '​
  •  '​Rose du Roi '​
  •  '​Russeliana '​
  •  '​Scotch Roses '​
  •  '​The Shipwreck Rose '​
  •  '​Souvenir de la Malmaison '​


  1. ^ a b Scott Stringer - Manhattan Borough President. Retrieved on 2013-09-07.
  2. ^ History of the Heritage Rose District in New York City
  3. ^ Heritage Rose Foundation. Heritage Rose Foundation. Retrieved on 2013-09-07.
  4. ^ Goals of the Heritage Rose Foundation
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  8. ^ Scott Stringer - Manhattan Borough President. (2009-10-24). Retrieved on 2013-09-07.
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