At the core of Harkness Roses is the development of new roses. This directly follows the tradition of rose nurserymen for hundreds of years before us, who obtained their roses by using many of the same practices that are still in use today.
At Harkness the rose breeding is non-technical. There are no laboratory methods, just pollination by hand, and reliance on the roses to carry out their natural cycle. The main part of a rose breeder's work is in observing and selecting. Our efforts are focussed on seeking better disease resistance, more perfume, more colours, and (of course), more flowers over a longer period.