Memorial rose

by Adam Pasco

The rose is our most popular flower, and rightly so. A single rose bud captures perfection, slowly opening to celebrate nature at its very best.

Close-up of red petals of Rose 'The One and Only'The rose is our most popular flower, and rightly so. A single rose bud captures perfection, slowly opening to celebrate nature at its very best.

And as well as being a thing of beauty, roses are the perfect plant to grow as a celebration of life.

When a close friend lost her husband in a tragic accident at work, she wanted a way to ensure he was always remembered, whilst at the same time benefitting others. Together, the idea evolved of naming a rose in his memory, providing an opportunity to raise money for charity in the process.

A call to rose expert Robert Wharton identified several exciting new rose seedlings, so a visit was arranged to his Norfolk nursery to see them. My friend selected the best to be named in loving memory of her husband. 'The One & Only' was born - a fitting name for such a generous, kind-hearted man.

This stunning rose was bred in France by the famous Meilland company as part of their 'Parfum de Provence' programme. It's a rose of quality and character, with rich crimson-red petals that feel like velvet. Forming a perfect rose bud, each flower is tightly packed with petals so opens like an old-fashioned fully double English rose.

With inbuilt disease resistance and a strong growth habit, this hybrid tea rose is one of the most striking introductions I've seen in recent years. But 'The One & Only' doesn't just look beautiful it smells stunning too. It's absolutely intoxicating, captivating everyone who sees and smells it.

Every rose sold will raise £5.00 for a charity that creates and maintains gardens for children's hospices throughout the country, enabling children and their families to enjoy wonderful gardens and play areas.

This is a rose whose name says it all. 'The One & Only' is the perfect rose to give or to grow yourself. We all have someone special in our lives or memories of loved ones we'd like to remember. And enjoying a perfect rose like this will bring those memories flooding back.

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Gardeners' World Web User 18/10/2010 at 15:45

Can anyone do this ?

Gardeners' World Web User 18/10/2010 at 17:43

how do you name a rose for someone

Gardeners' World Web User 18/10/2010 at 19:32

For those wanting to dedicate plants in a Internet Linked Memorial Garden, please see:

Gardeners' World Web User 21/10/2010 at 11:47

Reply to Billy Bug and maddieconman: Yes, it is possible to name a rose, and an internet search will highlight many companies selling gift packs that include 'unique' rose seeds that can be grown into plants that you can name. This is a fun and affordable way to name a rose. Naming 'The One & Only' rose was different, as this rose was bred by Meilland – one of the top rose breeders in the world. Breeding roses takes time and money, as does registering the name, so these costs have to be recouped from of royalty on future sales of the rose. If you have a great name for rose, or would like to raise money for a charity or good cause from the sale of a rose, then start by contacting individual rose growers. They'll know exactly how this can be done, and what costs would be involved. Commercial rose growers need to cover their growing and production costs, too, so are more likely to be interested if you can guarantee buying a large number of rose bushes. Roses make a great gift, so choosing a rose with a meaningful name like 'The One & Only' gives it wide appeal.

Gardeners' World Web User 23/10/2010 at 11:58

What a beautiful rose. It would make a lovely Christmas present for so many special people I know. The name says it all.

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