Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Rosa ‘Vesta’

Categorised by Catherine Gore as a Provins rose, by Paul as a Gallica rose and by Don as a Centifolia.  Gore describes ‘Vesta’ as a shrub, of which the buds are never red, a characteristic which distinguishes it from a number of very similar roses, the flowers large, semi-double, the petals velvety, of a light vivid crimson.  [Gore, Paul 1848, FC p.267/1835].



Horticultural & Botanical History

Raised by Coquereau in France before 1829.  Thomas Rivers in an article in The Gardeners’ Chronicle described ‘Vesta’ as one of the finest scarlets.  [Gard. Chron. 1841].



History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1845, 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.872/1845].  Plants of what appear to be Vesta – the writing is unclear - were presented to the Sydney Botanic Garden on October 24th 1846 [RBGS AB].




Published Feb 11, 2010 - 12:02 PM | Last updated Jul 30, 2011 - 03:35 PM

Family Rosaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, France

  • Feu de Vesta


Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Rosa Vesta 



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