The Beatrix Potter™ rose, sponsored by
The Beatrix Potter Society and grown by
Peter Beales Roses, Norfolk, was launched at the
RHS Chelsea flower Show on 24 May 2010 to
celebrate the Society’s 30th Birthday.
The rose is a delicate creamy pink coloured shrub rose
with a subtle fragrance, reflecting a rose which
Beatrix Potter herself painted.
Helen Bertram, newly elected chairman of the
Beatrix Potter Society and its Patron, actress
Patricia Routledge, admire the new rose ‘Beatrix Potter’
which was launched at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.
Helen, from Solihull, runs Whitecroft Tours which
specialises in bespoke traditional crafting and
heritage tours. To celebrate her appointment she
is organising a ‘Painting with Potter’ break this October
in the Lake District, where the Peter Rabbit creator lived.
In the news:
One of the world's leading rose growers is putting
the finishing touches to their display at next week's
Chelsea Flower Show where they will be
unveiling three new beautiful blooms.
Former gold award winner Peter Beales Roses,
based in Attleborough, will be introducing its most
recent creations on Monday in what is believed to be
the company's 35th year of exhibiting at the renowned show.
This year it has produced varieties commemorating
the 100th birthday of the John Innes Centre,
in Norwich, the 30th anniversary of The
Beatrix Potter Society and the recent refurbishment of
the Church of the Notre Dame in Calais, France.
Rose breeder Amanda Beales said: “We're quite excited
about them. They're all special roses.
The Beatrix Potter is very beautiful, the John Innes
one is bright and vibrant which fits them and the
Notre Dame is a climber which is extremely healthy
and should look beautiful in the landscaping they're
The John Innes Centre, a leading institution in
plant sciences, did much research into rose genetics
during the 1960s and developed methods of reproducing
the flower commonly used today.
Its rose is cherry red around the outer edge of
the petals paling to cream in the centre.
A spokesman for the centre said: “We thought
a rose would be appropriate way to mark the John Innes'
centenary as it is a reminder of some of our past work
in this area when we held the National Rose Collection.”
He added: “When rose research ended in Norwich
the remaining parts of the rose collection were
passed to Peter Beales so it was a natural fit that
they should produce our centenary rose.”
The Beatrix Potter rose, a soft pink bloom packed
with petals, will be introduced at the show by
the society's patron actress Patricia Routledge,
who is best known for playing Hyacinth Bucket in
the sitcom Keeping Up Appearances.
The rose soon to be seen in the gardens of the Church
of Notre Dame is a delicate climber with
pale lemon petals and a sweet scent.
Beatrix Potter at Hill Top, Near Sawrey, Cumbria.