Blue Diamond Garden Centres to launch new rose at RHS Tatton Park

by | Jul 17, 2023 | Chains, Community, News, Plantaria, Sustainability | 0 comments

From 19 to 23 July, Blue Diamond is exhibiting in the Floral Marquee at RHS Tatton Park Flower Show.
 
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The company has two stands, one showcasing the Fryer’s Roses brand (Stand FM 43). The other is in collaboration with the National Trust (Stand FM 34). 
 
Blue Diamond also has a display in the RHS Partner Garden section of the show.
 
On 19 July, Blue Diamond Garden Centres will launch a new and exclusive rose. This is to celebrate a very special birthday and to honour Coronation Street’s Barbara Knox MBE.
 
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Rosa ‘Gracious Lady’, bred by Rosen Tantau, is a climbing rose. It produces fragrant, long-lasting, light orange blooms which radiate in the sunlight.
 
With good disease resistance, and growing to a height of approx. 1.5-3m, this rose is perfect for training up walls and pergolas. Planted in peat-free compost and a kerbside recyclable pot.
 
Group Relationship Manager, Jill Kerr, said: “Blue Diamond is delighted to launch a rose for this very special and iconic lady. Especially given the soap’s Northern roots, which link with those of the home of Fryer’s roses. This is only stones-throw from RHS Tatton Park Flower Show in Knutsford, Cheshire”.
 
Barbara Knox has been one of Britain’s most popular TV stars across seven decades. Her role as Rita in ITV’s Coronation Street made her an iconic figure for millions of viewers.
 
As she prepares to turn 90, Blue Diamond is celebrating a remarkable career and reflecting her own hobbies and passions.
 
In August 2022, Blue Diamond announced a five-year collaboration with the National Trust. The National Trust will allow Blue Diamond to propagate some of its most significant, unusual and unique plants. These include Isaac Newton’s Apple Tree and The Ankerwycke Yew.
 
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At the Show, Blue Diamond will be showcasing and selling products developed with the National Trust
. This will include the new rosa ‘Mottisfont’, and other National Trust inspired roses.
At least 10% of the retail sales price per product will be given to the National Trust.
 
Visitors to the Show will also have the chance to register their interest to bid in an online auction, for one of ten very special apple trees.
 
These apple trees are direct descendants to the tree that inspired Newton’s theory of gravity. The tree is still at Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire, and which is cared for by the National Trust.
 
The auction will take place in September. Those who are who are successful in their bid, will become custodians of these significant trees.
 
Blue Diamond have pledged that they will donate up to 50% of proceeds raised from this auction to the National Trust. This is dependent on the final sums raised.

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