Roses and much more at MIFGS, 2010

The Rose Introducers of Australia (RIAUS) display at MIFGS in the Great Hall will be about more than roses this year. Several of the growers displaying there have plants that carry a ‘royalty’ to assist selected worthwhile causes. Their stand is C32.

David Austin Roses

David Austin Roses have linked their rose ‘Golden Celebration’ with the Golden Jubilee of the work carried out in Ethiopia by Dr Catherine Hamlin. David Austin Roses is delighted to announce a very special promotion to raise funds to assist the life-saving work of the Australian obstetrician, Dr Catherine Hamlin, AC, and to celebrate the fiftieth year Golden Jubilee of her arrival in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During 2009 and 2010 David Austin, and the growers of his roses throughout Australia, will donate part of the proceeds from the sale of each ‘Golden Celebration’ rose to Catherine Hamlin’s Fistula Hospital, Addis Ababa. Garden lovers will see a special label on the rose when they purchase ‘Golden Celebration’ from March/April 2009.

Holly Kerr Forsyth will be there on Wednesday March 24

Holly Kerr Forsyth (renowned garden book author) was instrumental in putting the idea forward for David Austin Roses to link with Dr Hamlin’s project. Holly will be on the RIAUS stand on Wednesday March 24.

• 2pm and 4pm for around 20 minutes

Holly will be very pleased to talk with gardeners about Dr Hamlin’s project in Ethiopia and will also be there to launch her new book, ‘The Gardener’s Book of Days’ which is a perpetual calendar for every garden lover. Do come along and have a chat with her and have your book personally signed. Visitors can buy Holly’s new book upstairs at the show.

Other notable fund-raising roses on display include

• Jane McGrath from Treloar Roses

• Slim Dusty from Landsdale Roses

One Superb New Rose from David Austin for Winter 2009

Munstead Wood (Ausbernard)

The flowers of this variety are in fact light crimson in the bud but, as the centre gradually reveals itself, it becomes a very deep velvety crimson while the outer petals remain rather lighter in colour. They are of large size and cupped at first, becoming shallowly cupped with time. The growth is quite bushy, forming a broad shrub with good disease-resistance. The leaves are mid-green; the younger leaves being red-bronze to form a nice contrast.

There is a strong Old Rose fragrance with a fruity note. Our fragrance expert, Robert Calkin, assesses this as ‘warm and fruity with blackberry, blueberry and damson’. Munstead Wood was Gertrude Jekyll’s own garden in Surrey, England, where she worked on her many gardening books. Size: Approx. 1.5 x 1m.
 
 

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