Papworth Trust will be returning to this year’s Chelsea Flower Show with the landmark event playing a special part in the disability charity’s 100th anniversary.
The charity made Chelsea Flower Show history last year with its unique ‘Together We Can’ acoustic garden – which won a Silver Gilt award.
Now it will once again feature at next week’s renowned show when a centenary rose is officially launched in conjunction with Peter Beales Roses, based in Attleborough in Norfolk.
The ‘Papworth Pride’ rose forms an integral part of the anniversary plans organised by a specially-formed Centenary Circle of friends and supporters of the charity.
Elspeth Thomas, who is chairing the circle, said: “We are delighted to be teaming up with Peter Beales Roses to continue Papworth Trust’s fine floral traditions.
“This is a very important anniversary for the charity and having a rose bearing our name is a wonderful and unique way to commemorate our 100 years of supporting disabled people.
“We would like to thank Susan and Graham Tobbell who have generously sponsored the rose.
“We hope it will be enjoyed by garden lovers and charity supporters alike with money raised from this special partnership helping our work with disabled people and their families across the East of England.”
Ian Limmer, nursery manager at Peter Beales Roses, said: “Papworth’s Pride is an exquisite addition to our Modern Classic collection, bearing clusters of large raspberry red, peony style flowers that unfold to reveal bright yellow anthers that are an absolute magnet to insects.
“Intensely perfumed with bright glossy mid green foliage, this medium sized shrub looks magnificent planted en-masse, in the middle of a herbaceous border or grown simply in a tub as a specimen plant to enhance a patio or paved area.”
The launch of the rose continues the charity’s rich floral heritage which once saw a village flower show held annually in Papworth Everard, while gardening remains a popular feature for disabled people to enjoy in centres operated by the charity throughout the East of England.
Last year, Papworth Trust work with world famous solo percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, garden designer Peter Eustance of Symphonic Gardens and music students from Brunel University to create the garden and promote the charity’s inclusive vision for disability.
The rose is priced at £17.45 each with proceeds going to support Papworth Trust’s work with disabled people and their families across the East of England.
To find out more or to order a rose, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.