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Rose Gloves for Scratch-Free Gardening

Leather rose gloves. Source:

Where were rose gloves when I was a young apprentice gardener? My father, a serious rose enthusiast, taught me how to prune roses … and I hated it. He seemed to think gloves were for wimps—either that or he didn’t know they existed!—so I came back from every pruning session looking like I’d been in battle with a ferocious feline.

Not anymore. I now keep a pair of rose gloves in my gardening tool kit. I use them not only when I have to prune, plant or move roses, but also when I have to handle any kind of prickly or scratchy plant: cactus, barberries, raspberries, etc. Suddenly, pulling thistles is not something I have to cringe before doing!

Likewise, I use them if I have to handle any plant with irritating sap, although I’d have to seriously consider tossing any gloves I’d used to handle poison ivy or poison sumac.

What Are They?

Rose gloves come in a wide range of designer colors. I think this one is “basic green.” Source:

Rose gloves are long-sleeved gloves that give extra protection to the forearm. The best ones reach right to the elbow. There are several brands made of different materials (although leather seems the most popular choice), but all are puncture-resistant and most have padded palms or reinforced fingertips. I’m not saying you should grab a cactus and squeeze hard, but they really do reduce blood loss in the garden.

You’ll find rose gloves in most garden centers and there’s a huge choice of them on the Internet!

With Christmas coming up, they might make a good gift choice for a gardening friend!20171023A

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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