March 12 2014 Latest news:
Friday, March 9, 2012
A new classic rose to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will be launched by a Norfolk grower later this year.
Staff at Peter Beales Roses in Attleborough are waiting on the Queen’s Jubilee Rose to flower in time for its launch at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May.
The family-run nursery, which has more than 1,000 varieties has been working alongside Walk England to create the special rose, which is set to be planted in the gardens of Buckingham Palace and along the Jubilee Greenway in London later this year.
Officials from Peter Beales Roses said the new rose was an “exquisite” repeat flowering, goblet style scented white bloom flushed with peach, produced on a dark green bush shrub rose of 90cm height and 60cm width.
Managing director Richard Beales said: “I am really pleased to be able to announce the launch of our new collection of Modern Classic Roses. I feel that the name we have given the collection could not be more apt as each and every rose within the collection has been bred to have the vigour and vitality of a modern shrub rose as well as the character and charm of an old fashioned rose.”
Jim Walker, chief executive of Walk England, said the new rose would help create a lasting legacy of the to mark the diamond celebrations.
“We are delighted to be working with Peter Beales to ensure that the Diamond Jubilee is celebrated at Chelsea this year. We very much hope that some of the new roses will be planted in the gardens of Buckingham Palace later in the year and at other locations along the new Jubilee Greenway too. The 60km path was unveiled by Her Majesty on 29th February and is expected to be enjoyed by millions, particularly in 2012, as it connects some of London’s best parks, attractions and views with the main central London Olympic and Paralympic venues,” he said.
The Queen’s Jubilee Rose is part of the Attleborough firm’s new range of modern classic roses, which includes one called ‘Red Letter Day’ and ‘Capel Manor House’, named after the distinguished garden and horticultural college based just the M25 at Enfield.