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



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.



Oct 16 • 2013 • ClimberContainerFlowersGardenRose of the WeekWhite


White star

Climbing rose

2009  5-8ft

A lovely award winning small white climber which flowers all summer long. Plenty of attractive repeat blooms of white with golden stamens and the petals have a ruffled appearance. Quite versatile as it will grow on a South or North facing wall and is quite happy in the garden or container. Healthy glossy medium green foliage which is very disease resistant Scented. GOLD STANDARD AWARD WINNER

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. For further information please see Gold Standard Roses on the Main Menu. Bred by Harkness. UK

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



Jun 19 • 2013 • AmericanGardenOakRoseRose NewsSmellTornadoTreesroses

Rose News From Around The World


American Rose Center in the USA still cleaning up after May tornado.

The Gardens of the American Rose Centre in Shreveport will reopen later this month. The center lost 37 trees and sustained roof damage to all its buildings when an EF-1 tornado struck on the afternoon of May 16.

The headquarters of the American Rose Society is humming these days with the sound of chainsaws from tree removal contractors taking down the mostly pine and mature oak trees. Executive director Jeff Ware said tornado warnings are common, but this one was different. The staff huddled in their administrative building away from windows.

“There really wasn’t time to be frightened. We just did what needed to be done for safety. Then, we peeked outside and it was a different world," Ware said, during a recent interview at his office that was without power for a week. "The ground was covered in white hail. The temperature changed so quickly because of the a hail on the ground that it produced a fog. The whole area in the garden was covered in a dense fog. It looked like we were on another planet.”

This time of year, you’d normally smell the roses when you drive into the centre even with windows up, but that’s no longer the case. Ware said the severe storm took a toll on the rose bushes with winds that clocked about 100 miles per hour and dime-sized hail.

“Many of the roses were just stripped of leaves and blooms, and basically they’re stocks now. We expect most of them to come back, but we’re watching about 1,000 rose [bushes] that may eventually have to be replaced," Ware said.

The loss of trees will bring more light into the American Rose Centre, which will benefit the roses. The American Rose Centre has set aside a special account to help pay for the damage called "restoration."

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



Jun 09 • 2013 • ButterflyGardenRNRSRoseRoyal National Rose SocietySocietySt Albanschiswell


EVERYTHING is coming up roses for a threatened St Albans tourist attraction which faced closure because it could not resolve parking difficulties. The Royal National Rose Society (RNRS), which has its internationally-known gardens in Chiswell Green, warned last August that not only the garden but also the society itself would have to close if it could not get permanent parking for visitors. But this week RNRS chief executive Roz Hamilton and John Breheny, chairman and chief executive of civil engineering company Breheny which now owns 95 per cent of the neighbouring Butterfly World, announced that agreement had been reached between the two parties not only about parking but also other collaborations including joint ticketing and discounted entry to both attractions. A delighted Roz said: “We need to build on the positiveness of both sides because we can complement each other so much. I think it is good for both organisations, not just locally but from a tourist perspective.” St Albans council leader, Julian Daly, who had brokered several meetings between the two parties, also welcomed the agreement. He said: “I think together they will be much more successful than individually. It has taken a long time but this is the next stage and a sensible step for everyone.” The agreement follows years of rancour between the two parties which left the Gardens of the Rose unable to open for more than a few weeks in the summer because it could not get planning permission for anything other than temporary parking for visitors. Negotiations about using car parking at Butterfly World, which was built on land sold by the RNRS to founder Clive Farrell, kept stalling and the impasse led to a decision by the RNRS that closure would be inevitable unless the situation could be resolved. RNRS president Bernard Williams said this week: “We could not survive with just a six-week opening period. We have to be open for the whole season.” When the Herts Advertiser revealed that the RNRS and its gardens might have to close, we launched our Keep the Roses Blooming campaign and support poured in both to this newspaper and the RNRS. Breheny’s purchase of the majority of Butterfly World resulted in round-the-table discussions and the two parties agreed that parking for garden visitors would be on the Butterfly World site and joint ticketing arrangements introduced. Although it is too late for the gardens to open for more than a limited period this summer, from next year it hopes to open all summer long as well as get a licence for wedding ceremonies to be performed there. Mr Breheny said on Monday that when his company became the majority shareholder, it had become aware that there were problems in the background between Butterfly World and RNRS and was keen to resolve them for the benefit of both parties. He confirmed that the butterfly biome, which was to have been the centrepiece of the project under Clive Farrell’s plans, would not be built in the current financial climate but it was hoped that Butterfly World would open as an all-year-round attraction in the near future. The limited opening period at the Gardens of the Rose in the past few years had hit the RNRS hard because even in those few weeks of opening, it raised more income from visitors than from membership. Eighty per cent of its visitors are from overseas as the gardens house one of only two rose trial grounds in the world. The gardens celebrate their 50th anniversary this July during the 2013 opening period from June 8 until July 29. Butterfly World will remain open until November 3 this year.

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



Jun 09 • 2013 • FeaturesGardenPicnicRoseRose GardensStatuesTouristWaterroses



Tees Valley’s Wynyard Hall Hotel will embark on a £4m investment plan, including the development of a cookery school, creating 50 jobs.

The hotel recently received planning permission to redevelop its walled garden and develop a cookery school, event space and accommodation, and visitor centre and café.

At the centre of the development will be a new Rose Garden which will mark the culmination of a long-held dream by the hall’s owner, Sir John Hall.

The plans for the Rose Garden include planting the biggest variety of roses in Europe along with water features, statues, Italian terraces and picnic areas– ensuring it will become a major tourist attraction in the North East.

Paul Mackings, chief executive for Cameron Hall Developments which owns Wynyard Hall, said: “The new plans stay true to Sir John Hall’s vision which is to create a wonderful space full of roses.

“I can’t emphasise enough how excited we are about these new plans – we want Wynyard Hall and its grounds to be a place for everyone to enjoy. We intend that the new Rose Garden and Visitor Centre will be somewhere that people will want to visit time and time again.

“Alongside the pure enjoyment of visiting the gardens throughout the year we also hope that our passion and commitment to providing the widest of rose species will encourage interest for horticulturists both here and abroad.“

Wynyard Hall say the development will create 40 full time, and 20 part time jobs.

Allison Antonopoulos, managing director of Wynyard Hall, said: “She was delighted that the plans had been given the green light.

“The development of the Walled Garden will allow us to continue with the restoration and development of this magnificent stately home for future generations to enjoy.“

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




May 19 • 2013 • FlowersGardenIrelandMazePeaceRose GardensWalledlakes



Northern Ireland has a rich garden heritage with some of the most magnificent gardens in Europe. The Northern Ireland Tourist Board is encouraging people to make the most of this time of year by visiting some of these stunning outdoor spaces. From grand ornamental gardens to charming walled gardens, award-winning rose gardens, and woodland meadows with wild flowers and lakes, there is a wide range of magical green spaces to be discovered, many bursting with history and interesting local stories. Here are some of the garden attractions which can be found throughout Northern Ireland. The Peace Maze at Castlewellan Forest Park, County Down, is the largest and longest hedge maze in the world. It is planted with 6,000 yew trees. The maze is open to the public and is a must-see for adults and children alike. Over at Carnfunnock Country Park along the Causeway Coastal Route there is also a maze in the shape of Northern Ireland with seven central spaces, one for each county in Northern Ireland and one for Lough Neagh. At the Tropical Butterfly House at Seaforde Gardens, County Down, you will find the oldest maze in Ireland in the centre of the walled garden. Crom Estate in County Fermanagh is one of Ireland’s most important nature conservation areas and is home to an ancient yew tree, designated one of the 50 Greatest British Trees. This huge tree is actually two yews situated a few steps apart (one male, one female) thought to have been planted close together in the 17th century. They have grown to give the appearance of a single remarkable tree. The handkerchief tree Each year in May there is a pilgrimage to Rowallane Garden to see the magnificent spreading branches of the handkerchief tree, Davidia involucrata. It has massive wide spreading branches laden with fluttering white tissue-like flowers. The handkerchief tree was once considered the Holy Grail of exotic flora. The species was discovered in China and this particular tree was purchased in 1904 for seven shillings and sixpence (approx 75p) and planted in Rowallane by then owner Hugh Armytage Moore. Meanwhile the largest rhododendron bush in Europe, as verified by the Guinness Book of Records, can be found in the magnificent gardens inside the walls of Hillsborough Castle. Hillsborough Castle and Gardens are open to the public for tours each Saturday in May and June. Must-see gardens Mount Stewart, Newtownards, Co Down, is one of the most inspiring and unusual gardens in Northern Ireland. The gardens, planted in the 1920s, reflect great planting artistry that was the hallmark of Edith, Lady Londonderry, and the mild climate of Strangford Lough allows many rare plants to thrive. Visitors can enjoy formal gardens of clipped topiary, statuary and magnificent colour schemes and a picturesque lake surrounded by beautiful swathes of woodland. The formal areas exude a strong Mediterranean feel and resemble an Italian villa landscape and the wooded areas support a range of plants from all corners of the world, ensuring something to see whatever the season. Florence Court, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, enjoys a peaceful setting with a dramatic backdrop of mountains and forests. Visitors are invited to discover many serene and beautiful corners by exploring the pleasure grounds and the walled garden within this magnificent demesne where garden lovers will find the famous Florence Court yew, reputedly the 'parent' of all Irish yew trees. Other interesting features include a sawmill, original ice house, and charming summerhouse. Glenarm Castle Gardens, Ballymena, Co Antrim, is one of Ireland’s oldest walled gardens, dating from the 18th century. Beautiful in all seasons, the walled garden and tea room are open from May until the end of September, when the garden is still rich with displays of herbaceous plants. The Argory, Co Armagh/ Tyrone is located in a wooded park above the River Blackwater. The early Victorian house of The Argory is surrounded by sweeping lawns with two formal gardens. The first, a charming rose garden with dwarf rose bushes in box-edged beds, is planted around a sundial. The second, much larger and called the Pleasure Ground, has a terrace overlooking the river, the view framed by a pair of striking, stone-built houses with Chinese-style windows. The surrounding borders reflect the taste for exotic trees and shrubs with a special feature being made of the many famous shrubs raised at the Slieve Donard nursery in County Down. Rowallane Garden, Saintfield, Co Down, is an enchanting garden enclosed within a demesne landscape. It was laid out from the mid-1860s by the Reverend John Moore and afterwards by his nephew, the plantsman and selector Hugh Armytage Moore, who established and developed connections with seedsmen and botanic gardens throughout the world. The garden reflects the beautiful natural landscape of the surrounding area with spectacular displays of shrubs and several areas managed as wildflower meadows. Castle Ward, Strangford, Co Down, has 40 acres of parkland and contains many enchanting historical garden features such as the Temple Water, an early 18th century formal canal created to reflect the picturesque ruins of Audley Castle and Lady Anne's Temple. Other features include the sunken garden with grass banks and Irish yew trees, and the rock garden created on a natural outcrop. The parkland grounds at Castle Ward are ideal for those interested in garden history and visitors can enjoy walking trails, an exotic garden, stunning vistas and a picturesque farmyard as well as woodland, lakeside and parkland walks with stunning viewpoints. Gardening events this summer Go on the Bangor Castle Walled Garden Tour on June 12 and get an insight into the garden and its history as well as enjoying a question and answer session. The walled garden was never open to the public when it was built in the 1840s and has recently been restored by North Down Borough Council. Shakespeare’s tragic tale of star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families has become one of the most enduring love stories with Romeo and Juliet becoming symbolic of young lovers. Make sure you don’t miss this famous love story in the surroundings of the beautiful walled gardens on July 24 and 25. Belfast’s Rose Week, a celebration of Northern Ireland’s rose heritage, is back from July 15 to 21 in the stunning grounds of Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park. The flower spectacular is the perfect opportunity for visitors to experience one of the world’s leading rose gardens, while enjoying flower related competitions, workshops, demonstrations, children’s entertainment, and the judging of the international trial roses by a panel of experts. The City of Belfast International Rose Garden has made the park world famous. The park contains more than 30,000 blooms in the summer, divided into trial and display beds, an historical section, and a heritage garden that displays the best roses from local breeders. The Antrim Garden Trail is now in its second season. The trail includes the most distinguished public and private open gardens in Country Antrim, offering garden lovers the chance to discover ancient plots, glorious flower beds, scented walkways, and charming garden walks. The self-guided trail lists a series of nine must-see gardens throughout Antrim including the Belfast Botanic Gardens, Benvarden Garden in Dervock, close to the north coast, and large public gardens such as Antrim Castle Gardens and Clotworthy House in Antrim. The trail offers garden enthusiasts, groups, families, and couples great variety as well as a unique insight into County Antrim. Each of these nine stunning spaces is a haven for garden lovers and some of the features waiting to be discovered include 17th century and Victorian ornamental gardens, sundials, a cobbled stable yard, two of Europe’s finest early greenhouses, and a hornbeam maze in the shape of Northern Ireland. To learn more about Northern Ireland’s gardens, events, and seasonal highlights, or for further information on places to stay or things to see and do in Northern Ireland, contact the Northern Ireland Tourist Board on CallSave 1850 230 230 or click on  

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



Apr 21 • 2013 • Cliff RichardCountryDarcey BussellElaine PageGardenGreatestHadnallMayRose NewsShropshireroses

The Greatest Show On Earth

The Greatest Show On Earth

If you are looking for somewhere different to go this summer, why not pay a visit to the North Shropshire village of Hadnall where Country Garden Roses are putting on The Greatest Show On Earth . Some of the greatest names in entertainment are appearing from late May onwards.   Come and see show business legends CLIFF RICHARD,  ELAINE PAGE,  DARCEY BUSSELL, and JAMES GALWAY .  Special guest appearance of  the much loved talk show host  MICHAEL PARKINSON and  VICTORIA PENDLETON  the World and Olympic Champion cyclist. ROXANNE PALLETT of Emmerdale fame has promised to make an appearance at the end of May or early June.    Opera singer SUSAN DANIEL will also be here . Susan has been raising money for charities including  Help For Heroes   Also expected in June are Shropshire’s very own BROTHER CADFAEL and CHARLES DARWIN. To give the show a royal flavour PRINCE CHARLES and PRINCESS ANNE have promised to show up some time in June.  WILLIAM and CATHERINE  should also make an appearance, providing the weather is fine. The headliners are also supported by a cast of over Thirty Thousand which will include most of your usual favourites . If the weather is fine this summer, all roads should lead to Hadnall.  We may even allow you to take some of the stars home providing you promise to feed and water them well. For full details of the show see our extensive web site.

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



Apr 10 • 2013 • AnniversaryGardenGroundMemorialNorth.TrustPiperRose Gardens



Thousands of roses have been planted in Hazlehead Park's Piper Alpha memorial garden as part of a campaign to ensure the site flourishes for generations to come.

Aberdeen City Council is working with Oil & Gas UK and the Pound for Piper Trust to help improve and maintain what has become a poignant tribute to the 167 men who lost their lives in 1988 North Sea tragedy.

Council staff prepared the ground and planted the bulk of the 11,320 roses, which should be in full bloom in time for July, which will mark the 25th anniversary of the disaster.

The Pound for Piper Trust has gained the support of the oil and gas industry, with Oil & Gas UK member companies providing generous donations to cover around £140,000 of the total £150,000 cost of the refurbishment.

Aberdeen City Council is providing the remainder of the funding while carrying out the majority of the restoration work and maintaining the gardens.

Kerri Henderson, whose dad died in the Piper Alpha tragedy eight days before she was born, helped plant the final roses during a ceremony in the gardens on Tuesday [09 April]. She was joined by representatives from Aberdeen City Council, Pound for Piper Trust, Oil & Gas UK, Cockers Roses and Aberdeen Sea Cadets.

Councillor Neil Cooney, Convener of Aberdeen City Council's Housing and Environment Committee, said: "The memorial garden and statue is a very special place for Aberdeen citizens and the wider oil and gas industry, particularly for those whose lives have been affected by this tragedy. It is a place for quiet contemplation and reflection so it is therefore essential that it is attractive, well looked after and maintained to as high a standard as possible.

"Council staff already work hard on its upkeep but this additional support from the oil and gas community, both on and offshore, will bring a huge boost. We are extremely grateful for their generosity and hope we can continue to work together in meaningful ways so the memory of the victims of the Piper Alpha tragedy lives on."

Carol Banks, Pound for Piper Trust founder, said: "This is a momentous day for everyone who has worked hard to make it possible. Since we set up Pound for Piper, we've been overwhelmed by the support of the onshore and the offshore community as well as the oil and gas industry which has backed the Trust both financially and in spirit."

Geoff Holmes, CEO of Talisman Sinopec Energy UK Limited and a member of the Oil & Gas UK board added: "The industry's support for this campaign has been inspirational; it demonstrates how passionate we all are about ensuring we remember those who lost their lives. The incredible efforts of the Pound for Piper team mean that the much-loved and important memorial to Piper Alpha will thrive for many years to come."

Some 10,200 hybrid tea and floribunda roses (58 varieties) have been planted along with 599 ground cover roses, 171 hybrid musk roses and 350 rugosa roses.

The planting plan is designed to provide a good contrast of colour and height and was drawn up by Cockers Roses and Aberdeen City Council officers.

Other work will include rejuvenating grass areas, treatment of the perimeter hedging and trees to allow light and nutrients to the flower beds, maintenance of the benches, cleaning of the memorial and renewal of the lettering on the memorial plaque

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



Apr 03 • 2013 • AromaticChicagoFloridaFlowersGardenIslandsRoseRose Gardens



What's A Few Weeds !!!

Before ground was broken for their Venetian-style Sarasota mansion, Ca' d'Zan, before all the paintings, tapestries and sculpture that would form the collection of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art were bought, Mable Ringling started her rose garden.

The Italianate wagon wheel of heady aromatic roses that was completed in 1913 turns 100 this month, making it the oldest tended rose garden in Florida.

John Ringling was a tall, blunt, all-business lover of excitement and the grandiose, perfect traits for a circus magnate. His Ohio farm girl wife was a pretty, petite and gracious lover of flowers, who was also an avid reader and a quick and lifelong learner.

The couple traveled throughout Europe. While John scouted new acts for the family's "Greatest Show on Earth," Mable spent her time in museums honing her taste. Together they bought what pleased them, especially in Italy.

Mable decorated all their homes - in addition to Ca' d'Zan, there was a 100-acre estate in Alpine, N.J., now part of Palisades Interstate Park; 636 Fifth Ave., now Rockefeller Center; a property in Chicago; and the neo-classical Worcester Home on Bird Key, part of a chain of barrier islands between mainland Sarasota and the Gulf of Mexico. The Ringlings also owned 100,000 acres in Oklahoma and Montana.

They began wintering in Sarasota in 1911. When working with architects and craftsmen, Mable was as determined as her husband to have it her way. She must have been, to envision a formal rose garden in the 20-acre jungle of mangrove swamp, rattlesnakes, water moccasins and alligators along Sarasota Bay that they selected for their winter estate.

"We have records of her working wearing a gun on her hip and high boots," said Ron McCarty, curator of Ca' d'Zan for 32 years. "She was quite a woman."

Mable hated snakes, but they weren't going to stop progress on her rose garden. There was nothing like it in the Sarasota of those days, a quiet enclave of 800 souls when the Ringlings arrived.

Not that the Ringlings and the Florida land boom allowed it to stay that way for long. John became the area's largest landowner and built the causeway from Sarasota to St. Armands, Longboat, Lido and Bird keys, which he then developed.

After creating the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, he was instrumental in founding what has become the Ringling College of Art and Design.

Mable was elected first president of the first Sarasota garden club, the Founders Circle, and strongly supported beautifying the city growing around their winter home.

She was elected president of the Sarasota Woman's Club a year later. She commissioned the New York architect responsible for the exterior of the Metropolitan Museum of Art to design their art museum in Sarasota.

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Feb 25 • 2013 • EnglishFlowersGardenRoseRose GardensScentsSummerperfume



Nothing can compare with the sights and scents of a traditional english rose garden in full bloom throughout the summer. There is an abundance of flowers, delicate confections in pinks and whites or deeper velvety reds, each with its own rich and individual exotic perfume.

This area is planted throughout with 'English’ roses. The result of hybridising the wonderful older roses with modern repeat flowering varieties to get the best features of both. They include: 'Belle story', 'Perdita', 'Chaucer', 'Gertrude Jekyll', 'Mary Rose', 'The Countryman' and 'Wife of Bath', all in shades of pink. 'LD. Braithwaite' and 'Wenlock' in crimsons, and 'Winchester Cathedral' in white. Drink deeply of their heady perfume. Breathe in the scents of summer...

The old rose garden at Levens Hall is charmingly set in an intricate pattern of low hedges and enticing winding pathways. The tree at its centre is the Maidenhair tree Ginkgo biloba, a unique survivor. Once known only through fossil records, the species was re-discovered in China in 1758. The Levens specimen in the centre of the rose garden is about 60 years old. Unusually for a conifer, the Ginkgo is deciduous and has flat fan shaped leaves which turn a lovely yellow colour before falling in the Autumn

Opening Times & Ticket Prices

31 March - 10 October

Open Sundays to Thursdays

(Closed on Fridays and Saturdays during the Season, ALSO CLOSED SUNDAY 9th JUNE)

The Gardens

10.00am - 5.00pm

The House

Open 12 noon - 4.30pm

(Last admission 4.00 pm)


House & Gardens - £12.50

Gardens Only - £8.50

No charge for Children under 16 - accompanied by an adult (four children per adult maximum)

Free admission to the Gift Shop and Bellingham Buttery.

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



Feb 20 • 2013 • GardenHybridRememberRoseRose of the WeekScentedTeabloomsfloweringfoliageplant



Hybrid Tea Rose    1994   3ft-4ft

A lovely addition to our HT section.

Classic shapely medium sized  blooms of  light pink, an extremely attractive and free flowering hybrid tea.

A bushy plant with young reddish foliage that matures to glossy dark green.

A very healthy and disease free rose which makes a real statement in the garden.  Can also be grown in a large container.

As with most Hts will thrive in full sun.

Highly Scented.

A lovely rose to plant as a memorial rose.

Used to be known as Royal Copenhagen.


Remember Me.   Remembrance.    Liverpool Remembers.   Absent Friends.   Fond Memories.   Happy Memories.   Loving Memory.   Never Forgotten.   Peace.   Sweet Memories.

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




Feb 10 • 2013 • BalckBushDeeplyDideaseHumidityDryFAQGardenMildewRainfallRoot.GrowthSpotWaters

FAQ Frequently Asked Questions


Q. How often should I water my roses ?

  1. A.      Nothing is more important for a rose bush's survival and performance than water. Roses absolutely love water.
  • In general, soil for roses should be watered  deeply, but infrequently. This will encourage strong root growth. Even      during winter, occasional watering of garden roses during dry periods will help them perform better during the next growing season.
  • Water in the morning to help prevent black spot and mildew.
  • Avoid wetting the plant's leaves during regular watering, which can spread disease.
  • However, about once a week, give your rose a "shower" with a spray nozzle hose attachment. This treatment not only adds water and humidity, it clears leaves of dust, dirt etc. or other harmful insects. Never sprinkle bushes in the afternoon or evening, which can promote disease.
  • Roses should receive 1 to 2 inches of water each week. Rule of thumb is to water two to four times a week, especially if there is no rainfall, or in very hot or windy conditions.
  • Container roses will need to be watered frequently because water evaporates more quickly from plants above ground.      Initially, water the plant well to get it firmly established.
  • During growth cycles, stick a finger in the soil to check for moisture. If your finger comes out literally dry, it's time to add water. Muddy soil means the plant is getting too much water.      Moist soil should be an indicator that the water amount is just about right.

Mulch (2 to 3 inches around a bush) to help retain moisture from watering and reduce future watering needs. Mulching also helps keep the soil cool and helps control weeds. Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from. (click below)



Oct 24 • 2012 • BedBloomingGardenLifeMarriageRose NewsSmellthorns


“As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.” – Ben Hogan

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.” – Dale Carnegie

“Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.” – Alphonse Karr

“Truths and roses have thorns about them.” – Henry David Thoreau

“An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.” –H.L. Mencken

“Marriage is like life; it is a field of battle, not a bed of roses.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

“I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.” – Emma Goldman

“It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.” – George Eliot

“The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses.” – Ovid

“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” – James M. Barrie

“A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.” – Jean Cocteau

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



Oct 12 • 2012 • BushColoursGardenGroundcoverGroundsPinksRoseRose NewsShapesclimbing

Rose News From Around The World


Ringling Estate Rose Garden Still Going Strong

When John Ringling's wife, Mable, planted a rose garden in the picturesque grounds of the Ringling Estate in Sarasota in the early 1900s, she probably didn't realize that her lovely rose garden would still be enjoyed by visitors today.

This 27,225-square-foot rose garden is patterned after a traditional Italian circular garden design, so one can enjoy the nearly 1,200 roses while walking in large circles. As you stroll, you will note the many varieties of colors, shapes and showiness.

There are yellows, pinks and reds that range from climbing to bush to ground cover. Some are tall and elegant, while others are smaller and charming. In the very center of the garden lies a gazebo where you can sit and enjoy the fresh scents of the many roses — which are in bloom nearly all year.

According to Deborah Walk, museum curator, Mable Ringling was in Florida during the cooler months, usually from October through March/April when she enjoyed strolling in and tending her gardens. Other gardens on the grounds are: Mable's Secret Garden, the Dwarf Garden and the Millennium Tree Trail. Although none of the original rose bushes planted by Mable survived, many of today's roses in the garden are of the same types.

"There are old garden roses such as Hybrid Perpetuals, China Tea Roses and Hybrid Musk," said Loretta Bestpitch, horticulturist and curator of Mable's Rose Garden for The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

With this many roses to care for, they must be attended to on a daily basis. The estate horticulturists supervise the five to 15 volunteers who are asked to remove the spent blooms or deadhead the roses.

"At times, our volunteers will help with other projects such as planting new roses, cutting the roses back, mulching or cleaning the paths and beds," said Bestpitch, who explained that it is important to remove the spent blooms in order to encourage the growth of new blooms. "We prune for shape and try to cut to an outward facing bud and the thickness of a pencil so there is enough strength to support the new blooms," added Bestpitch.

Rose lovers who want to grow their own should keep in mind that roses require sun exposure of six to eight hours per day. They also like to have 3 to 5 inches of mulch to keep them weed-free. Good nutrient-rich soil that is the proper pH (5.8-6.8) is also important. Furthermore, although they like to have plenty of water, roses do not like to stand in water.

Bestpitch explained that it's also important to choose the right rootstock for your area.

"Make sure you choose a rose that performs good in Florida or the area where you reside. Florida roses do best when grafted onto Fortuniana rootstock; other parts of the country prefer Dr. Huey." Garden and miniature roses do well on their own roots.

Typically, the roses in Florida are cut back hard (hard pruning) during the first week in February. "After a hard cut, it takes approximately 45 to 60 days (depending on variety) for them to display a dazzling show of new blooms," explained Bestpitch. However, newer cutting techniques currently being employed by the estate are in hope of keeping the roses blooming all year long.

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



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