Launch of 'Rosemary Murray' rose at Chelsea Flower Show
Thursday 27th May 2004
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On 24th May Dame Rosemary Murray, Founder President of New Hall, visited the Harkness stand at Chelsea Flower Show for the official launch of a rose named in her honour. This is one of many 50th Anniversary events scheduled for 2004-5.
Dame Rosemary and the President, Anne Lonsdale, were greeted by members of the Harkness family, and joined a champagne party for press, publicity agents and guests of various organisations who were promoting other new rose varieties. These included the opera singer Susan Daniel, who provided glamour as well as musical entertainment, and representatives of the CancerBACUP charity which will benefit from sales of her rose. There was a model who was entirely decorated in body paint depicting the Royal Parks rose; and two Brownies, one in original and one in modern costume, celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Brownies (originally called Rosebuds).
Dame Rosemary was presented with a basket of Rosemary Murray roses, and a few words of appreciation were given by Anne Lonsdale. Dame Rosemary said how delighted she was to have a rose named after her; something which she had never anticipated, and passed on her thanks to all who had made it possible. The rose is a pretty yellow floribunda, with a delicate scent and old-fashioned charm, and was displayed to great effect on the Harkness stand. New Hall's 50th Anniversary Campaign will benefit from all sales.
Chelsea Flower Show on Press Day is a wonderful opportunity to see the exhibits and show gardens minus the crowds, and Dame Rosemary enjoyed the displays of flowers, fruits and vegetables from all around the world, and chatted to exhibitors. The New Hall contingent even made a passing appearance on Alan Titchmarsh's TV coverage that evening!
Everyone was thrilled to discover that a bloom of Rosemary Murray had been chosen, with several other new roses, to feature in the posy which was presented to HM the Queen when she visited the show later the same day. The College hopes that its many friends and supporters will derive much pleasure from growingRosemary Murray.
Rosemary Murray combines old-fashioned charm with healthy foliage on a bushy plant (approximate height 80 cm, width 60 cm, planting distance 60 cm). It has a delicate perfume and is easy to grow. Orders may be placed for delivery in autumn 2004 on the order form.