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The Road to Silver Gilt!

A lot of time and effort went into building our display for Shrewsbury Flower Show 2016, and it really showed! Click "Read More" to see pictures of the beautiful stand created by Jack Kitson and his team, and watch it go through the building process!



Shrewsbury Flower Show 2016

The Country Garden Roses show garden, at Shrewsbury Flower Show 2016, has been awarded a silver gilt.



Journal of a rose gardener...Weeds..tearoom..shows 07/07/16

Its been busy, busy, busy here at the Nursery , so we thought we would give you a heads up on the following, planting pond margins, dealing with problem weeds, deadheading roses...and more

The tearoom is in full swing providing legendary homemade cakes and scones.

We are at Shrewsbury Flower show, Wem Vehicles Of Interest Show, where we would love to meet you and a offer advise.



Dec 14 • 2013 • ContainerFlowerFragranceGardenSummerThe World's Best Rosesfashionedlovely

The World's Best Roses

THE WREN floribunda 2008 , 3ft

A very attractive modern rose with a lovely old fashioned look Massesd of blooms thoughout the season of  apricot fading to pink.  The show starts in early summer ang goes on with hardly a break until the first frosts.  The healthy medium green foliage sets the blooms off to perfection. Will grown in the garden or a large container, but for the best results place in full sun. Makes a good cut flower A very pleasant sweet fragrance. Bred by Kordes in Germany.

AWARDS Gold standard Award 2010

Also known as Floral Fairytale and Afternoon Delight

Named to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Women's Royal Naval Service. The Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS; popularly and officially known as the Wrens) was the women's branch of the Royal Navy . ... First formed in 1917 for the First World War, it was disbanded in 1919, then revived in 1939 at the beginning of the Second World War, remaining active until integrated into the Royal Navy in 1993.



A lovely new floribunda bred to raise money for York Minster. Beautiful creamy/white blooms tinged with amber.  Repeat flowers from early summer right through until autumn. Reportedly a very healthy rose with good disease resistance. A sweet and pleasant perfume.

The York Minster Rose was launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2011 with a presentation to HRH The Duke of York and Princess Beatrice.  The rose also featured in the 2011 award-winning Welcome to Yorkshire garden, The Art of Yorkshire.The rose was developed by Harkness roses and funds raised from sales will help to restore and preserve York Minster for future generations.

Awards. Gold Standard Award 2012

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.



Jan 25 • 2013 • FAQFairyFlowerHillsLucyMalvernPhylissRamblerSummerclimbingfloweringrepeat

FAQ Frequently Asked Questions.

MALVERN HILLS Repeat Flowering Rambler.

Q. What is the difference between a Climbing rose and a Rambling rose.

A.      In the past the answer was quite simple.  Most ramblers only flower once during the summer, mainly in the spring or early summer.   Most climbers repeat flower through the summer. However over the last few years quite a few ramblers have been bred that repeat flower through the season.  Take a look at our Rambling Rose section on the web site which lists quite a few repeat flowering ramblers.   A few that come to mind are BLUSHING LUCY.  MALVERN HILLS. PHYLISS BIDE. And SUPER FAIRY.  For further information please see the ROSE CARE page on our web site.


 Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from. (click below)



Jan 23 • 2013 • BeautifulBelmonteDiseaseFloribunda.GoldFlowerNew Roses For 2013RosaStandard

New Roses For 2013


Floribunda 2007  2ft-3ft A very beautiful rose with a romantic story behind it.

It was named in honour of Her Excellency Donna Francesca Elbrick di Belmonte, to mark the occasion of her marriage to Tristan Elbrick as a sign of her husband's love.   'Belmonte' is part of Francesca's maiden name, after a village in Calabria, southern Italy.     (Who said romance was dead)

The rose was introduced at  Chelsea Flower Show, by  television gardener Alan Titchmarsh MBE DL

At the request of the Donna Francesca, proceeds from the sale of Rosa Belmonte are donated to support the work of the charity The Prince's Trust.)

This beautiful rose produces masses of pale pearl pink blooms in trusses throughout the season, with the bonus of a fruity fragrance with citrus undertones.

It is a bedding rose par excellence which is easy to look after and has great disease resistant.

A lovely rose for cutting.

Highly recommended.



ROSA BELMONTE   (Harpearl)

Since 2006 a few roses are selected each year for this prestigious award.   Based on cumulative information from invited independent judges, the Gold Standard is awarded to worthy varieties. 

Health,  floriferousness,  scent and commercial appeal are all considered key factors in the final choice.

Bred by Harkness Roses. UK

For further information  please see  Gold Standard Roses on the Main Menu.


Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from. (click below)




Aug 11 • 2012 • BushesFlowerGardensRoseRose GardensSocietyWeatherchiswellro




THE future of the Gardens of the Rose and the society which runs it hinges on the success of a planning application for parking which is being submitted next month.


The rose gardens in Chiswell Green Lane have just closed after this summer’s temporary five-week opening period during which visitor numbers were down because of the poor weather.

Despite that shortfall, opening the gardens is the biggest money spinner for the Royal National Rose Society (RNRS) and raises more than income from membership.

But unless the RNRS succeeds in getting planning permission for 30 permanent parking spaces adjoining the gardens, both the society and the grounds will be forced to close.

The Gardens of the Rose have been a visitor attraction in St Albans for many years but the parking situation has been problematical since part of the RNRS land was sold for the creation of Butterfly World next door and the two were to have shared access and parking.

But the society and Butterfly World were unable to reach agreement and as a result, the RNRS has to apply for temporary parking for a short period in the summer – and unless it can reach a permanent resolution the board has already decided that closure is the only answer.

Chief executive Roz Hamilton confirmed this week: “We are putting in another planning application for 30 parking spaces just outside the gardens and if we don’t get that we can’t continue.”

The sticking point is that the site the RNRS wants to use is in the Green Belt and has already been turned down for planning permission before.

But it is throwing everything at one final attempt including a commissioned report about the number of accidents around the site – none of which have happened in the summer when the gardens are open – the site’s reclassification as a leisure facility and an offer to put in mature trees to screen the parking site from view.

The gardens were open from June 9 until July 29 this year and although visitors were down from between 8,000 and 9,000 to 6,500 because of the weather, the opening still accounts for more than 50 per cent of the RNRS income because of the success of the tea room and rose sales.

Ideally the gardens would open for four months a year so visitors could see the second flush of roses in the summer and it would have a licence to conduct weddings – which cannot happen until a permanent resolution of the parking situation is reached.

Roz said: “This planning application is critical because if it doesn’t succeed the society will fold and the garden will close.”

She added: “It is a long fight we have had here and we are eternal optimists but you have to take a realistic view of the financial situation and we can’t survive unless we take more money from our garden opening.”

Details of all our roses are available on our web site.

Over 1000 varieties to choose from.




Jul 11 • 2012 • AustinAutumnBarerootChelseaEnglishFlowerNew Roses For 2013Pottedroses




David Austin Roses have launched five new English Roses at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. They will be available to order as bare root or potted roses from autumn 2012.                 Tranquillity ‘Tranquillity’ is an English Musk hybrid. The flowers are of a beautifully rounded shape with neatly placed petals, making up a perfect rosette. The buds are lightly tinged with yellow but as the flowers open they become pure white. There is a light apple fragrance. The growth is upright, gradually curving outwards at the top. ‘Tranquillity’ has typical light green Musk Rose foliage and is almost thornless.

Royal Jubilee ‘Royal Jubilee’, an English Alba hybrid, has been named to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. In the press release, the breeder refers to this variety as “a unique rose for a unique occasion”. The deep pink flowers are large and of a deep chalice shape; the petals are incurving so the stamens within can just be seen. The blooms have a rich fruity fragrance with hints of blackcurrant. ‘Royal Jubilee’ has very few thorns. The Lark Ascending ‘The Lark Ascending’ is again an English Musk hybrid. This variety illustrates the great diversity that is now to be found among English Roses. The flowers are cupped in shape and of a light apricot colouring. Produced from the ground upwards in heads of up to fifteen, they are medium in size, with about twenty petals in each bloom. They have a light fragrance that has been observed to vary from one flower to another. Some of them are Tea scented while others move towards the scent of myrrh. Heathcliff

David Austin says in the press release, “There are few roses as popular as those of deep crimson colouring, and none so difficult to breed”. However, their new rose, ‘Heathcliff’, an Old Rose hybrid, is a beautiful addition to English Roses of this colour. It has large, fully double flowers of a deep rosette shape. The deep crimson colour has a certain softness that reminds some of the old red Gallica Roses. It has shiny, deep green leaves and rather upright growth. Its fragrance is pleasing and rather unusual – Tea Rose with a mixture of Old Rose and just a hint of cedar wood. Boscobel

English Leander hybrid, ‘Boscobel’, bears rich salmon coloured flowers. “They commence as red buds which open at first to pretty cups, gradually developing into perfectly formed blooms of classic rosette formation”, says the rose breeder. The numerous small petals are of varying shades, mingling to provide a most pleasing effect. The delightful, medium-strong myrrh fragrance has a hawthorn character with hints of elderflower, pear and almond. It forms an upright shrub of medium size, with dark green, glossy foliage. All new varieties, according to David Austin Roses, are vigorous and healthy.

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.



Jun 28 • 2012 • AromaticFlowerRose NewsScentSmell.Noseperfume

Rose News From Around The World



With the flower in its high season, an expert explains the proper way to take in their scent

ASK MICHAEL MARRIOTT about a rose he saw 10 years ago and he'll tell you the genus, variety and exactly what it smelled like. Considered one of the world's most knowledgeable rose noses, Mr. Marriott is senior rosarian for the prestigious English breeder David Austin Roses (2,500 of its blooms covered Queen Elizabeth's barge at the Diamond Jubilee recently). Mr. Marriott also designs beautiful private and public gardens in Russia, Bhutan, Japan, Europe and the U.S. From his home near Shropshire, England, he explained the proper way to smell a rose.

How to sniff: "Stick it up to your nose, roll it round a bit. Think about what is there, even if you can't identify it. Don't gob it down quickly like you are nervously tasting the wine at a restaurant. If the first one you try on a certain shrub doesn't smell, try another. Younger roses are generally more aromatic. The whole point of smell is to attract insects and in the older ones the pollen may have already been taken."

Optimum time to do it: "When the humidity is high, morning is usually best. The other important thing is the temperature two to three days before the flowers open. The perfume is formed then. If the weather is cold, you won't get much scent, but if it is lovely and warm you will get more fragrance."

Where does the smell come from? "In big flowers, like the old roses, it is made from three or four hundred oils in little glands on the flower petals. Three to four of them give it the overall character, but the others create the finer differences. In musk roses, with smaller flowers, it is made in the stamens, which smell clove-like. Clove is a preservative so it is thought that the scent helps preserve the stamens. Himalayan Musk is a great rose that climbs 30 feet in trees, producing tens of thousands of flowers that waft fragrance through the air."

 The Gertrude Jekyll, above, is his current favourite.

Which roses smell best? "My immediate favourite is Gertrude Jekyll, which has a strong, classic old rose fragrance, and a strong pink colour. Lady Emma Hamilton has beautiful apricoty orangy colors and smells like guavas and litchis. Creamy white Claire Austin has a wonderful myrrh fragrance and grows to a good-size shrub."

Do roses ever smell bad? "Well, I don't like Maigold. I think it smells rather like saturated fat. But then Graham Thomas, one of the greatest plantsmen ever, really liked it. A few people think the myrrh roses smell like hospital rooms but I find them delightful—an anise smell like pastis."

How to preserve a cut rose's scent: "One good thing is to mist them to keep humidity up. Use a large vase for the same reason. Don't put them too close to the air conditioner or the fireplace because that will dry them out. Change the water on a fairly regular basis, of course."

Health benefits to sniffing: "Actually they did an experiment in Japan on stressed mice—they shocked them, not very nice—and found that smelling rose oil had a very beneficial effect, even better than Diazepam."

Details of all our highly perfumed roses are available on our web site.

Over 1000 varieties to choose from.



Jun 09 • 2012 • AlbertineCecile BrunnerClimbing RoseFlowerGypsy BoyRamblingRose Gardens

Rose News From Around The World


Eccleston Square Gardens. London.

Open This Weekend.

Growing roses in small town gardens is a tough call. The temptation is to scale down with neat pompom roses, potted miniatures and bred-for-purpose, frequently scentless — and soulless — patio roses. Keeping them contained and small is a mistake, however, as even if it's just for one moment in summer, roses need to dominate the garden with a profusion of bud and blooms as well as intoxicating perfume.

'You may not have room for climbing roses, but you could have one heartbreaker'

To see roses at their magnificent best visit Eccleston Square this weekend, which is only open to the public on Sunday June 10, as part of the London Open Garden Squares Weekend. This is the place where, thanks to long-term Eccleston Square resident and world-renowned rosarian Roger Phillips, who has managed the garden since 1981, you will find species roses that he brought back as seed from China rubbing stems with modern repeat-flowering roses such as David Austin's Abraham Darby. Some of the 300 climbing and shrub roses planted over the years are tender, but thrive in this central London microclimate; here, the rare but sometimes temperamental Bengal Rose is only out of flower in November. Full-time gardener Neville Capil, a New Zealander who has introduced cabbage trees and other southern hemisphere exotica to the nearly two-centuries-old garden, doesn't spray the roses and doesn't mind blackspot because, he says, it doesn't affect the blooms.

Robust survivors

New roses are planted with mycorrhizal fungi to stimulate root growth and first-year roses are given a feed of powdered chicken manure, not just in early spring along with the rest of the roses, but at the beginning of autumn as well. Capil will also give them a leaf mulch at the end of winter. "Roses are survivors and I think they actually perform well under stress," he says. He simply prunes back the shrub roses by a third or a quarter at winter's end. "The important point is to prune with the bud growing outwards. And if you cut back repeat-flowering roses by half after they've performed, they'll flower again." Capil, who will be on hand to offer advice, promises a lot of colour this Sunday. The exquisite butterfly-like flowers of Rosa mutabilis will greet you at the main gate, together with the more demure sugar-pink climber, Cecile Brunner. Roses such as apricotflowered The Garland scramble into every tree. Alister Stella Gray's soft yellow blooms will smother the arbour near the garden shed. The point to learn from this sensational garden — which also holds the National Collection of Ceanothus, and has a hundred-plus camellias — is to think big, just this once. You may not have room for even several of the climbing roses and shrub roses of Eccleston Square, but you could have one heartbreaker. Coax Francis E Lester into an apple tree. Grow Albertine over the garden shed. Train The Garland against the house wall. Got a garden seat? Copy the visionary at a Norfolk garden I once visited, where five Gypsy Boy roses crowded around a bench, serenading the enchanted visitor with their burgundy flowers and sublime fragrance. The clever gardener also trained the rambling roses to shimmy up the walls and left the remainder of the long flower-studded stems unpruned, so they bent over, and cascaded right down again. Let other shrubs be workhorses, offering different features through the year. For a few glorious weeks in June — sometimes beyond — let roses rule your garden. Eccleston Square Gardens, SW1, open this Sunday June 10, from 2pm to 5pm; an Open Garden Squares ticket can be used, or bought at the main gate for £12.

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.



May 30 • 2012 • FlowerGardenPetalsRomanticRoseRose NewsShowSpringStem

Rose News From Around The World



 The Beirut Garden Show & Spring Festival opened at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

As the first visitors muddled their way in past an entrance staff still getting their bearings, exhibitors frenetically unpacked boxes and organized displays for the ninth edition of the annual event held at the Beirut Hippodrome. But the last minute scramble to preparedness did not distract from what promises to be a highly successful ushering in of the summer season.

The highlight of the opening evening was the unveiling of the Beirut Rose, a bloom cultivated by the French rose producer Meilland in tribute to the resilience of Lebanon’s capital city.

With each stem bearing five to 25 flowers and each flower comprising some 75 to 80 petals, the Beirut Rose is a jaunty, romantic-looking bloom, far less stiff and formal than its highly bred cousins. Moreover, the rose is 100 percent disease resistant and blooms continuously from June through December, embodying the tenacious nature of its namesake city, which has resurged from conflict and tragedy time and again.

The flower appeared to be an immediate hit, with the launch ceremony’s attendees eagerly sniffing the lightly scented Bengal pink blossom. Those who wish to procure the plant for themselves can do so at the Garden Show (at the price of LL20,000), while the flower will also be available all over the world through Meilland’s catalogue.

Meanwhile, the Beirut Rose will officially take root in the city Thursday morning at 11:30 a.m. when a planting ceremony is due to be held at Martyrs’ Square in Downtown.

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.



May 23 • 2012 • ChelseaDisplayFlowerGardenRose NewsWeatherroses



Chelsea Flower Show Beats The Weather.

The display gardens for the 99th Chelsea Flower show burst into full bloom in London on press viewing day, despite one of the driest winters and wettest springs in Britain for decades and a tough economic environment sweeping Europe.

Severe drought in the southeast English region that includes London has led to the imposition of water restrictions and Chelsea designers have responded by making responsible water use one of the show's key themes.

Caroline Spelman, the British secretary of state for the Department of Rural Affairs and Food and a keen gardener, visited the Climate Calm garden, an installation that showed the effects of climate change in the water-stressed southeast.

"I feel I've learned a lesson as a gardener for this year and for all future years, which is to think carefully when I'm making choices about which plants use water sparingly, so that I too can use water wisely," she told Reuters.

The show, which takes place on the sprawling lawns between the red-bricked elegance of the Royal Hospital, a 17th century retirement home for army veterans, and the river Thames, draws in over 150,000 visitors each year.

This year, with the London 2012 Olympics fast approaching and the nationwide celebrations for Queen Elizabeth's 60th anniversary as monarch two weeks away, the show had a definite patriotic feel to it.

Union Jack flags were ubiquitous, dotted around displays, woven into patterns in the flowerbeds and even adorning the jackets, t-shirts and dresses of attendees.

To commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, a number of growers unveiled new varieties of flowers. In rose grower David Austin's installation, the pale pink Royal Jubilee romped with the fiery Fighting Temeraire and white Tranquility varieties.


Adding a nostalgic touch, the Chelsea Pensioners, the residents of the Royal Hospital, turned out in force in their unmistakable bright red overcoats to pose with members of the British Korean Veterans Association by a garden that recreated the landscape found in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea.

The Great Pavilion, the central display tent, housed over 150 exhibits and thousands of flowers, where the heady scents of lilies, roses and other garden favorites vied with wafts of expensive perfume for supremacy.

Perhaps also reflecting the more sober economic backdrop, there were a greater number of visitors clutching cups of upmarket tea or coffee than the more usual champagne flutes.

The flower show attracts a varied audience, from green-thumbed television personalities, to business executives and social high-flyers, as well as the many celebrities that lend their faces to individual gardens.

Formula 1 boss Frank Williams posed with a topiary in the shape of one of his Williams team F1 cars, complete with topiary pit crew, while Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden posed in a replica Corsican garden, complete with fragrant olive trees, lavender, rosemary and stone sheepfold.

Former Beatles' drummer Ringo Starr unveiled an artisan garden sponsored by WaterAid, a charity geared towards providing clean drinking water in developing nations.

"I truly believe everybody should have clean water and I'm just doing my small part to make sure that happens," Starr, a passionate environmentalist, said.

Towering above the show was the Westland Magical Garden, a multi-storey pyramid that featured level upon level of gardens designed by award-winning gardener Diarmuid Gavin, who set out to explore the idea of making the most of precious open space, especially in urban settings.

Comedy actor Ricky Gervais, the acid-tongued former Oscar host and star of the original TV comedy series "The Office", said he was in awe of what he called "true artists at work"

"It's fantastic that they try, particularly with the installations, where they have to bring out how beautiful it is naturally. It sends a chill down my spine," Gervais said.

Chelsea Flower Show, which is organized by the Royal Horticultural Society ( runs from May 22-26.

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.



May 19 • 2012 • ChelseaDroughtFlowerJubileeRose NewsRoyalShowWeatherWettestgardeners

Rose News From Around The World




The Royal Jubilee rose looks worryingly floppy and the Turk's head lilies won't open on the penultimate buildup day

It was a mild, calm day at the Chelsea flower show on Friday, which is more than could be said for the gardeners. With a bitterly cold winter followed by a hot, dry March and the wettest April on record, plus the odd slash of hail and sleet in the last weeks of the buildup, their nerves were shredded.

Nigel DunneTt's rainwater-saving drought garden was built while rain was coming down in torrents. Now the rain had stopped, he had to fill the pools with tap water, and it was so dark that his swaths of Turk's head lilies would not open. "They will open," he said determinedly, "and if they don't, they look very nice as buds."

According to young David Austin, his arms full of a rose bush almost as tall as himself, this was "the worst Chelsea, no question, the worst". Old David Austin, founder of the eponymous rose-growers and still a flower show regular at 86, would be along any minute to check his work. All their show roses had to go back into heated glasshouses to persuade them to bloom in time, and some did not like the treatment at all – including Royal Jubilee, a new rose that is looking worryingly floppy before the Queen's visit on Monday evening.

"A lot of patience. A lot. But no swearing," Darren Share, head of Birmingham council's gardens, said firmly. The centrepiece of the Brum garden is an old Mini, confiscated from a colleague's wife and now planted all over with sedum. "Done her a favour. I reckon we saved somebody's life when we took the engine out of that."

If the plants all die in Tony Heywood and Alison Condie's Glamourland, it would be an artistic statement more than a disaster. Their concept garden is about the struggle between natural and artificial worlds, with a soundtrack nightmarishly mixing birdsong and computer game noises. So far nature seemed to be winning, Condie conceded, down on her knees tidying the ground-cover plants that were being pecked to pieces by birds, and breathing in a heady reek of fox pee.

Diarmuid Gavin was reclining on a sofa 12 metres (40ft) up in the air, giggling. "Anywhere you like – astonish me!" he chirped as one of his gardeners staggered past, weighed down by pots of lilies. Last year he created Chelsea's first and almost certainly last flying garden, hauled into the air by a crane. While working on that he was walking along the river past Albert bridge, which was swaddled in scaffolding while being refurbished, and had a brainwave for this year's show: the hanging gardens of Babylon, on five levels and 24 metres tall, involving 4.2 miles of scaffolding and trees sprouting out at wild angles.

The way up is by alarmingly swaying lift past the first-floor vegetable garden, second-floor bar and third-floor potting shed, to the rooftop. Down, for the brave, is by stainless steel tube slide, inspired by Carsten Höller's at the Tate. "I'm going to do something really special next year, I've got it all in my head, just you wait," Gavin said. "It'll be a surprise."

In truth, the only way he could surprise Chelsea is if he brings a neat rectangle of nicely mown lawn, with a few daisies to add excitement.

She probably would not say it too loudly in front of the gardeners, but the weather struck the deputy show manager, Sarah Easton, as pretty perfect. "No watering this year, so we're really happy," she said, "and the result of all that rain is that it all looks incredibly lush for visitors."

In the wretched weeks of April, she had a mud crew scraping the top level of soil off the show garden sites and a puddle crew on standby to pump out developing lakes. "Incredible camaraderie" developed as a result, she said.

Early visitors included Daniel Chamovitz, American author of What a Plant Knows, and a bit startled by the trench warfare of Chelsea on the penultimate buildup day: "Wow. More plywood than plants." He was charmed by a tiny Japanese-designed, moss-covered cottage. "What does moss know?" he pondered. "Moss doesn't really care. Give me water and light and let me just sit here and hang out and photosynthesise, that's what moss knows."

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.



Apr 26 • 2012 • AfricanFlowerGlobalGrowersHollandRose Newsplants





A trial shipment of Kenyan roses, in a refrigerated container, is currently on the sea and due to arrive in Antwerp on April 26, Christo van der Meer, Operations Manager of Fresh Flower Solutions for FloraHolland told the Cool Logistics conference on Wednesday.

"This is merely the first trial shipment as we look to provide an alternative to air freight, as the costs are about 40% less than air freight. Once the shipment has landed we will check the vase life of the roses and give feedback to the growers," he said.

FloraHolland is a growers' co-operative handling 11 billion cut flower stems annually and 1.3 billion potted plants with 20,000 different products and 200,000 distribution points in Europe. As FloraHolland has 125,000 transactions per day it provides a benchmark pricing system for the global flower trade. Kenya currently exports EUR165 million worth of flowers annually to the Netherlands of which 75% are roses. It is followed by Ethiopia at EUR110 million and competes with other equatorial highland countries such as Colombia and Ecuador. "We plan to do another 11 shipments this year and expect the last shipment to contain 19 commercial pallets and only one test pallet. Once we have proven that sea freight can compete with air freight, then this would allow Kenya and other African countries to diversify their product offering to other flowers, such as chrysanthemums," he told I-Net Bridge/BusinessLIVE. Europe's flower trade is currently worth EUR7 billion of which only a tenth is imported, so there is a large potential for Africa, including SA, to expand its flower exports to Europe. Once the sea freight is proven to Europe, then it could open a new market for African flower growers in North America, as ships could go to Miami just as easily as they go to Antwerp. Van der Meer believed sea freight could also provide better temperature control of the entire cold chain as refrigerated containers were not available in air freight. A total of 15 Kenyan rose growers were involved in the first trial shipment as FloraHolland wanted a representative sample of growers from the different regions of Kenya. He said it would be unlikely to be used in SA, as SA flower exports were mostly composed of the hardier proteas, which were less delicate than roses or other cut flowers.

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.




Dec 18 • 2011 • ColoursFlowerPinkQueen ElizabethRoseRose GardenRose NewsShadedyellow





Queen Elizabeth 

Ever wondered that Mother Teresa, Christian Dior, Queen Elizabeth, and Jawaharlal Nehru all have one thing in common?

They have a type of rose named after them.

A winter rose show has been organized at the National Rose Garden this weekend where all such roses, along with about 50 other varieties, will be on display. The show is being organized by the Rose Society of India.

Institutes across the country have sent in roses of different colours and sizes for the competition, which has about 22 categories. - that are on display. within a big, white tent. There are roses so massive that it would be hard to fit them in both palms, and then there are the tiny ones barely an inch wide. Even the colours on display are spectacular - white with pink edges, orange and pink-shaded roses, white with speckles of yellow and pink, and beautiful coral roses, among others.

Forget the standard colours - red, pink, yellow and white - that are normally seen at flower shops, there is a multitude of different shades in single-colour roses as well - apricot, lavender, scarlet, deep pink, golden and orange. The competition also includes products made with roses, like incense, gulkand, candles, scent, candy and water.

Flower arrangements from the President's garden at Rashtrapati Bhavan, and ikebana from the Ohara School of Ikebana are also on display.

The show might just be a weekend affair, but the rose garden has about 70 different types of roses - some in full bloom, while others still in nascent stages. "The bloom has been affected as the temperatures remained high for so long but suddenly dropped from last week. While some roses bloomed suddenly with the drop in mercury, others didn't," said Dhan Singh, general secretary of The Rose Society of India.

Despite so many varieties of roses, it seems strange that there are only two or three available for retail. But Singh says that few nurseries, at least in Delhi, are breeding different kinds of roses now. "With climate change and pollution, roses don't grow very well here and nurseries cannot make much money from what grows. The cut flowers that come here are mainly grown in temperature-controlled glasshouses in Pune and Bangalore," he says.#

 Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.



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