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A Damask rose bush at Old Market Farm.
A Damask rose bush at Old Market Farm.

Searching for roses with a past

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The North Country's legacy includes more than cultural traditions and historic homes. A St. Lawrence County gardener says her favorite heirlooms are horticultural treasures our grandparents loved -- roses.

Christine Zavgren says old roses, survivors of lost gardens, are special. She and her husband run Old Market Farm near Potsdam, a rose preserve, of sorts.

Over the last few years, she's found heritage roses on old farmsteads, roadsides and ditches, decades and even hundreds of years after being planted. They were brought over by European settlers.

As Todd Moe first reported last summer, Zavgren is on a mission to find, identify and rescue living reminders of our heritage.

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