Fryer’s Roses to Launch Two New Roses at RHS Tatton Park Flower Show 201811th July 2018
Fryer’s Roses, are to launch two new roses at this year’s RHS Tatton Park Flower Show – the “20th Anniversary” rose and the “Elizabeth Ashbrook” rose.
“20th Anniversary” Rose
To commemorate and celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show, Fryer’s Roses, is launching the “20th Anniversary” rose; a new and exclusive rose to Fryer’s Roses, part of the Blue Diamond Group of garden centres.
This hybrid tea rose has petals that are rosette-shaped and which open to a cool violet with a warm copper coloured centre. Along with the unusual and attractive blooms it has an exotic, high fragrance; making a wonderful cut flower that fills a vase with old world charm. Good disease resistance and to a height of approximately 80-120cm.
“Elizabeth Ashbrook” Rose
This new and exclusive rose is named " Elizabeth Ashbrook" in memory of the late Elizabeth, Viscountess Ashbrook of Arley Hall, Cheshire, and the mother of the present Viscount Ashbrook.
Lord Ashbrook kindly provided the wording below; -
“Elizabeth, Viscountess Ashbrook, was born in 1911 and died in 2002 aged 91 years. She was originally Elizabeth Egerton- Warburton. She married Desmond Flower in 1934 but in 1936 he inherited from his father the title Viscount Ashbrook so Elizabeth, for the rest of her life, was known as The Viscountess (or Lady) Ashbrook.
Lady Ashbrook lived at Arley Hall in Cheshire, for the whole of her life. This was the Warburton Family Estate which Lady Ashbrook inherited, the Warburtons having been at Arley since 1470 (and in Cheshire for some centuries before that).
Lady Ashbrook’s greatest interest was gardening and she did a huge amount during her life to improve the garden at Arley (which for some time had been well known, particularly for the Herbaceous Border). The garden was first opened to public visitors in the early 1960’s.
One of the major new features created by Lady Ashbrook in the garden was a collection of Shrub roses. She made this on the site of a previous formal area where there were Hybrid Tea roses. Lady Ashbrook did not particularly like Hybrid Teas in a garden, though she appreciated their value as cut flowers, but she became very fond of old fashioned and indeed newer varieties of Shrub roses both species and hybrids. The collection she made has been added to and enhanced over the years and remains an important feature.
Lady Ashbrook became quite an expert on Shrub roses and their cultivation. In this she was much influenced by many people in particular by two well-known gardeners-Graham Stuart Thomas, the distinguished nurseryman, writer and plantsman and Vita Sackville -West, the owner of Sissinghurst, where the world class garden is now owned by the National Trust. They were both rose experts”.
The current Lord Ashbrook says- “It seems to us highly appropriate that there should be a new rose called ‘Elizabeth Ashbrook’ after my mother who did so much to enhance the Arley Garden and started the shrub rose collection which remains one of our key features”.
Details about the Elizabeth Ashbrook rose:
The “Elizabeth Ashbrook” Rose, is a Floribunda rose and so produces an abundance of beautiful pale pink blooms in huge trusses and with a light fragrance. The individual blooms are approximately 5cm across and nestle against dark green foliage. With a short habit and bushy foliage, this rose is ideal for planting in the ground or containers.
To a height of approximately 75cm.
£1 from each rose sold through Blue Diamond and Fryer's Roses online will be donated, at the request of the current Lord and Lady Ashbrook, to the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). Elizabeth, Lady Ashbrook, experienced almost total loss of sight in the last 10 years of her life and benefited greatly from the RNIB Talking Book scheme.
Where to buy the roses from:
The new roses will be available to buy from Stand FM 33 in the Floral Marquee at the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show, online by visiting www.fryersroses.co.uk or by telephoning Fryer’s Roses direct on 01565 755455, whilst stocks last.
Both roses will also be available to buy from any Blue Diamond Garden Centre from April 2019 onwards priced at £17.99 (potted rose), subject to availability.
Bare root roses can be purchased at a cost of £12 per rose (excluding delivery). Potted roses are £17.99 per rose (excluding delivery). Delivery charges apply. Please see Fryer's Roses website for details.
Bare root roses will be dispatched from November 2018 onwards. Potted roses are available to buy now whilst stocks last, otherwise can be ordered now to be dispatched from April 2019.
For more information on the RNIB, visit www.rnib.org.uk.