Rachel de Thame of BBC Gardeners' World to officially open new Rose Garden at Dunham Massey
PUBLISHED: 00:01 30 May 2013
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Rose lover Rachel de Thame of BBC Gardeners' World will officially open a new Rose Garden at Dunham Massey near Altrincham this month.
Pride of place will be given to a new rose - the result of a collaboration between the National Trust and Peter Beales Roses.
‘Rosa Dunham Massey’ will be launched at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. It is a candy pink shrub rose with a subtle perfume, ideal for growing in a mixed border or as a specimen plant.
For Stephen Adams, General Manager at Dunham Massey - a Georgian house set in 3,000 acres - the opening of the Rose Garden is a fulfilment of an ambition. ‘I’ve always wanted to see a Rose Garden at Dunham. In addition, we had many requests from visitors wanting more colour in the garden during summer. Thanks to Peter Beales Roses the garden will be a showcase for the gorgeous ‘Rosa Dunham Massey’ and we hope it will bring much enjoyment to our visitors.
We do have archive photographs of a rose garden at Dunham from the early 20th century. It’s generally thought that the inspiration for this early rose garden was the sister of the 10th Earl of Stamford, Lady Jane Grey, who lived at Dunham at that time.’
Dunham Massey Head Gardener Damian Harris says: ‘Sixteen hundred roses have been planted in the garden, representing 160 varieties. In the centre of the garden is a stunning rotunda which will eventually be covered with ramblers. In addition we’ve planted 2,500 herbaceous plants, along with lavender among the roses – so both visually and in terms of scent, the garden should look and smell fantastic.’
Rachel de Thame, who will open the new Rose Garden on June 5th, said: ‘I’ve loved roses since childhood and it’s a passion I share with millions. Few flowers inspire such admiration, so a new rose garden is a cause for celebration. I feel honoured to be opening the Rose Garden at Dunham Massey, where generations of visitors can now look forward to enjoying the unmatched beauty and fragrance of roses in splendid surroundings.’
‘Rosa Dunham Massey’ can be ordered from Dunham’s shop (T 0161 928 6820) or in person at the Garden Kiosk.