Can you name this new variety of rose? Notcutts Garden Centre launches contest

A garden centre business is calling for customers to name its 120th anniversary rose. Picture: Notcu

A garden centre business is calling for customers to name its 120th anniversary rose. Picture: Notcutts Garden Centre - Credit: Archant

Shakespeare's Juliet once claimed that 'a rose by any other name would smell as sweet'.

And now flower fans are being encouraged to prove she was right by naming a new rose variety, developed by a Norfolk garden centre.

Notcutts Garden Centre has launched a competition for people to name its new floribunda garden variety with rich-pink blooms, which will be launched as part of the business's 120th anniversary celebrations this year.

Caroline Notcutt, vice-chairman at Notcutts, which has a branch in Daniels Road, Norwich, said: 'We are very excited to introduce this beautiful, celebratory rose variety as part of our 120th anniversary and, as a thank-you, we'd like our customers to help us name it.

'The competition is a great opportunity to express your creativity – perhaps looking at the rose's vivid colour, our 120-year history, or whatever inspires your imagination.

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'I look forward to reading the entries and announcing the winner in July.'

The closing date for entries is May 21, and the new rose will go on sale in July.

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The competition is free to enter for anyone over the age of 18.

As well as having the honour of naming the new rose, the competition winner will receive a prize package including a prime specimen of the rose, £120 in gift vouchers, afternoon tea for two, a bottle of rosé champagne and a pair of secateurs. Four runner-up prizes will also be presented.

Entries can be made online at or in person at Notcutts.

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