A literary rose

Two new rose varieties, celebrating literary giants George Elliot and James Woodforde will be featured in bloom for the first time, at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Local rose grower, David Austin will be adding The Country Parson and Silas Marner to their collection of twenty literature-inspired roses, which include The Lady of Shalott, Emily Bronté and The Pilgrim.

Richard Austin, Head of Marketing commented, “Creating a rose is not dissimilar to writing a literary classic; both take patience, dedication and an innate understanding of the subject. It takes around 10 years to develop a new variety and the rose-breeding process is still lovingly undertaken by hand in our Shropshire greenhouses, just as it was 60 years ago. We hope our roses will continue to bring joy to people in their homes and gardens for years to come.”

For more information about the new varieties visit – davidaustinroses.co.uk.

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