Fresh Woods

Elgin, South Africa

Fresh Woods is the private garden of Peter and Barbara Knox-Shaw. It contains a remarkable rose collection of both species and old and new hybrids, many raised from seed from the wild or cuttings of wild-collected species. Begun in the 1950's, roses are planted informally. They cover old apple trees, climb along fences and are mixed with other shrubs and herbaceous perennials.

This garden is particularly valuable for the conservation of old roses from the Cape and for preserving collections of wild roses. Although a private garden, it is open regularly. It is known throughout the world and is a source of propagation material and a centre for the exchange of rare and valuable varieties.

Species from the warmer parts of Asia have done superbly well, wild Rosa gigantea, Rosa longicuspis from Yunnan, Rosa cymosa, wild forms of Rosa banksiae and the original form of Rosa chinensis var spontanea. Other rare species which thrive are several forms of Rosa abyssinica from Ethiopia and the wild Rosa gallica. Cultivars of old China roses and ramblers have done equally well.

Fresh Woods