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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

Peter Beales Roses – New at Chelsea ‘09

Posted by Graham Rice on 18 May 2009 at 09:13 PM

Rose 'Highgrove'. Image: ©RHSNew roses are always a big thing at the Chelsea Flower Show, but gone are the days of eight or ten rose nurseries all vying for our attention. Things have changed, there are just three rose nurseries this ear, the new roses are more varied and, it has to be said, often more interesting.

Peter Beales began as an enthusiast for old roses and he remains Britain’s leading authority. But he and his daughter Amanda have also been raising and introducing new roses – this year they have three.

‘Highgrove’, launched at Chelsea this evening by Prince Charles whose home is commemorated in the name, is a climbing rose in an old fashioned style. The Prince was in need of a rose to climb over the new Oak Pavilion that replaced an old cedar which had come to the end of its days; it had become diseased and so was removed. He approached Peter Beales for a suggestion and the match was made.

Raised originally by the late Colin Horner, a past president of the Royal National Rose Society, ‘Highgrove’ produces full clusters of crimson purple flowers set against glossy, dark green foliage. It has a light citrus scent and, although a climber, is not so vigorous as to be difficult in small gardens. In fact it can also be grown as a large shrub.

You can order the new rose ‘Highgrove’ at  the show or, soon, online at the Peter Beales website. A percentage of the sale price of every rose is donated to the Prince's Charities Foundation.

Earlier this evening, Her Majesty the Queen was shown the rose, and the impressive exhibit staged by Peter Beales Roses, by Peter Beales who founded the nursery some thirty years ago.

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