Rose of the Year at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017

Inside The Festival of Roses Marquee at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017

Each summer I look forward to being enveloped by the delightful summery warmth of the tea-rose perfume that fills the air inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.  Whatever the weather at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, I look forward to the wondrous feeling of being encompassed by the combined scent of hundreds of roses inside the Festival of Roses Marquee.  For me, the Festival of Roses Marquee is one of the loveliest features of the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

I’d love to share my love of roses with you.  Firstly I’d like to take you on a photographic tour inside The Festival of Rose Marquee, then I’d like to introduce you to some of the deliciously fragrant roses that you’ll find inside this special marquee, and then lastly, I would like to invite you to 2017 The Rose of the Year Competition, and introduce you to the new roses that were launched at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, where you’ll meet the winner of the 2018 Rose of the Year Competition!

The Festival of Roses Marquee

David Austin Roses

Rosarian Michael Marriott from David Austin Roses, is pictured by the David Austin Roses exhibit, inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
David Austin Roses stand, pictured inside the Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

To discover the new rose introductions from David Austin Roses for 2017 and 2018, please click here.  To visit David Austin Roses website, please click here.

Fryer’s Roses

The judges presented Fryer’s Roses with a Silver-Gilt Medal.
Fryer’s Roses exhibit featured a rose bed, pictured inside the Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
Fryer’s Roses exhibit featured a rose bed, pictured inside the Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

To visit Fryer’s Roses website, please click here.

Peter Beales Roses

The judges presented Peter Beales’ Roses exhibit with a Silver-Gilt Medal, pictured inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
A beautiful rose arch, part of Peter Beale’s Roses exhibit, which is pictured inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
Adam Frost broadcasting for the BBC, under the rose arch of the Peter Beales’ Roses exhibit, inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

To visit Peter Beales Roses’ website, please click here.

Seale Rose Gardens

Seale Rose Gardens were awarded a Silver-Gilt Medal by the judges, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

To visit Seale Nurseries and Rose Gardens’ website, please click here.

Eastcroft Roses

The judges presented Eastcroft Roses with a Silver Medal. Eastcroft Roses stand is pictured inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

To visit Eastcroft Roses website, please click here.

Apuldram Roses

The judges presented Apuldram Roses with a Silver Medal. Apuldram Roses exhibit is pictured inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

To visit Apuldram Roses website, please click here.

The Real Flower Company

The Real Flower Company’s stand inside the Festival of Roses Marque, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
A pretty trunk full of roses, as pictured on The Real Flower Company’s stand, inside the Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
The Real Flower Company’s exhibit featured hand blown glass vases, as pictured inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

To visit The Real Flower Company’s website, please click here.

Harkness Roses

The Harkness Roses stand, as pictured inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
The judges presented Harkness Roses with a Bronze Medal for their display of roses, pictured inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

To visit Harkness Roses’ website, please click here.

The Best Rose Exhibit

David Austin Roses

The judges presented David Austin Roses’ stand with a Gold Medal, and the prestigious title of Best Rose Exhibit, inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
The judges presented David Austin Roses’ stand with a Gold Medal, and the prestigious title of Best Rose Exhibit, inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

To discover the fragrances of the new rose introductions from David Austin for 2017 and 2018, please click here.

Fragrant Roses

Scent for me is one of the most important qualities in a rose.  Naturally I favour disease resistant, healthy roses, that flower abundantly, but one of the ways in which I am most often disappointed with roses is in the scent department.  So here are some of the fragrant roses of which I am certain that you won’t be disappointed by, that I found inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

Rosa ‘Aloha’

Rosa ‘Aloha’.

Rosa ‘Aloha’ is a deliciously scented climbing rose, which grows to about 3m (6ft) tall.  Rosa ‘Aloha’ will bring a frothy prettiness to the garden.

Rosa ‘Chandos Beauty’

A close up of Rosa ‘Chandos Beauty’.

Rosa ‘Chandos Beauty’, is a highly perfumed rose that produces a powerfully sweet, fruity fragrance with a definite strawberry character.

Rosa ‘Chandos Beauty’ is pictured here on The Real Flower Company’s stand, inside the Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

Rosa ‘Gertrude Jekyll’

Rosa ‘Gertrude Jekyll’.

Rosa ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ is a healthy rose, which produces a rather lovely old rose perfume. This rose’s scent is so wonderful, its just the perfume you hope to find when you take in the scent of a rose.

Rosa ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ is another charming rose which was bred by David Austin Roses.  Rosa ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ is a deservedly popular rose, this is certainly a rose that I would recommend.

Rosa ‘Gertrude Jekyll’.

Rosa ‘Graham Thomas’

Rosa ‘Graham Thomas’.

Rosa ‘Graham Thomas’, from David Austin Roses, produces a medium strength perfume which is really rather lovely – a tea rose fragrance, which smells of summer gardens: sweet, fresh and rosy.

Rosa ‘St Ethelburga’

Rosa ‘St Ethelburga’.

Bred by Peter Beales Roses, Rosa ‘St Ethelburga’ is a lovely pink flowered shrub rose, that produces a pretty, rose fragrance with a Turkish delight aroma that displays a definite blackcurrant character.

Rosa ‘Strawberry Hill’

Rosa ‘Strawberry Hill’.

Rosa ‘Strawberry Hill’, bred by David Austin Roses, produces a highly perfumed, beautiful myrrh fragrance.  Rosa ‘Strawberry Hill’ is such pretty rose, the blooms bring quite an endearing charm to the summer garden.

Rosa ‘Jude the Obscure’

Rosa ‘Jude the Obscure’.

The large, bowl shaped blooms of Rosa ‘Jude the Obscure’, produce an intoxicating fragrance, which is intensely powerful, fruity, warm, and delicious.  I love this rose and its soft peach coloured blooms, which are both pretty and rather glamorous.

The Rose of the Year Competition 2018

The aim of the trials for the Rose of the Year Competition is to find the best new rose offered for sale each year, and to present the winner, and the finalists of this prestigious competition to the public.  Every year, the finalists and the winner of the highly esteemed Rose of the Year Competition are unveiled inside the Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

The Rose Of The Year Competition are trialled over a two year period, six years prior to the rose’s commercial release.  The contenders are all grown in a diverse range of locations, from Aberdeen, Hampshire, Northern Ireland, and East Anglia; each location offers differing soil, climates, growing conditions and challenges.  The health of the roses, their ease of maintenance, their form, colour, scent, and the amount of flowers they produce, are all characteristics that are evaluated by the judges when they select their rose of the year.

Marilyn Stevens from Roses UK presented the Rose of the Year Competition winners to the audience who had gathered inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

The lovely Marilyn Stevens from Roses UK introduced the roses trialled in The Rose of the Year 2018 Competition.

Rosa ‘Hope for Justice’

Derek from the charity Hope for Justice, speaking at the launch of the rose named in the charity’s honour, Rosa ‘Hope for Justice’. Pictured inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

Rosa ‘Hope for Justice’ is a new, compact floribunda rose, which grows to just 60cm (2ft) tall, consequently this small sized rose is an ideal choice if you’re looking for a new rose to plant in a container.

Derek from the charity Hope for Justice, speaking at the launch of the rose named in the charity’s honour, Rosa ‘Hope for Justice’. Pictured inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

Rosa ‘Hope for Justice’ produces wine red to garnet coloured blooms, which are dark and luxurious in their appearance.

Rosa ‘Hope for Justice’ commences flowering in June, and repeat flowers until the first frosts arrive in autumn.

Rosa ‘Hope for Justice’, pictured inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

Rosa ‘Hope for Justice’ has been named especially for the charity with the same name – Hope for Justice, a donation from each rose sold will be given to the charity.  This funding will support Hope for Justice’s work in rescuing victims of modern slavery from around the world.  Hope for Justice rescues victims of human trafficking, sex exploitation, and domestic servitude, supporting the Police and the NHS, to help to ensure that the emergency services are able to spot the signs of modern slavery, something which many of us just aren’t aware of.  Sadly slavery is still real, it is still a tragedy, and sadly is still happening now even in the UK.

Rosa ‘Hope for Justice’ is introduced by Fryer’s Roses.

Rosa ‘James L. Austin’ (Auspike)

Michael Marriott introduces the audience to Rosa ‘James L. Austin’. Michael Marriott is pictured inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

Rosa ‘James L. Austin’ is an English Old Rose Hybrid, which was bred and named in honour of David Austin Senior’s son, the brother of David Austin Junior.

Michael Marriott introduces the audience to Rosa ‘James L. Austin’. Michael Marriott is pictured inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

Rosa ‘James L. Austin’ is a small sized English rose, that has an upright, bushy habit, and a healthy disposition.  Rosa ‘James L. Austin’ produces large, double, raspberry pink coloured blooms, which offer a great versatility to the gardener.  The flowers of Rosa ‘James L. Austin’ are richly coloured, vibrant, and intense, yet they’re not shocking.  The blooms of Rosa ‘James L. Austin’ couldn’t be considered as ‘too much’, this colour compliments a great many different colour schemes and styles.

Rosa ‘James L. Austin’ grows to 3.5 ft (1.2m) tall, and 2ft (60cm) wide.

Rosa ‘James L. Austin’ produces a light to medium strength, tea rose fragrance, which offers a distinctive and rather pleasing raspberry character, with fragrance notes of blackberry and forest fruits.

Rosa ‘James L. Austin’ grows to 3.5 ft (1.2m) tall, and 2ft (60cm) wide.

10% from the sale of every Rosa ‘James L. Austin’ will be donated to two Parkinson’s charities – 5% will be donated to Parkinson’s UK, and 5% to Cure Parkinson’s Trust.

Rosa ‘James L. Austin’ is an English Old Rose Hybrid, which was bred and named in honour of David Austin Senior’s son, the brother of David Austin Junior.

Rosa ‘Little Angel’

The CEO of Tree Aid, John Moffett, is pictured with Marilyn Stevens of Roses UK, at the launch of Rosa ‘Little Angel’ inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
Rosa ‘Little Angel’

Rosa ‘Little Angel’ is a creamy-white flowered, floribunda rose, that features dark green, glossy foliage and a rather bushy growth habit.  Rosa ‘Little Angel’ grows to 80 – 100cm (2.6 – 3.3 ft) in height.

Rosa ‘Little Angel’.

Rosa ‘Little Angel’ is described as having a light fragrance.  I found Rosa ‘Little Angel’ to really have the lightest of fragrances, I detected the fragrance of freshly picked foliage more than any recognisable rose perfume.

Rosa ‘Little Angel’.

Rosa ‘Little Angel’ was named for Tree Aid, a charity which is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017, and to celebrate is launching a new campaign, called Grow Hope.  £1 from the sale of each rose purchased will be donated to Tree Aid, a charity that plants trees in African drylands to enable the families that live there to grow food and receive income, whilst protecting the environment.

Rosa ‘Little Angel’.
John Moffett, the CEO of charity Tree Aid, pictured with Mark Flower the Fundraising Manager and Clare Hanley-Humphries, the Fundraising Officer from Tree Aid, at the launch of Rosa ‘Little Angel’, a special new rose which was launched inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

Rosa ‘Oxana’

Rose Breeder Colin Dickson, of Dickson Roses, pictured with Rosa ‘Oxana’ at the rose’s launch inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

Perhaps the prettiest rose of all of the new roses launched inside The Festival of Roses Marquee at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 217, is Rosa ‘Oxana’.  This new romantic looking rose was named as a very special, and might I say wonderful, gift from a husband to his wife, to celebrate her birthday.  What an absolutely fabulous gift to give!

A beautiful basket of Rosa ‘Oxana’ blooms, as pictured inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

Rosa ‘Oxana’ is a floribunda rose, which produces fairy-tale pink coloured, rosette shaped blooms, that for me resemble the pretty roses made of sugar that you sometimes see on the most elaborate of celebration cakes.  As the flowers of Rosa ‘Oxana’ age, the petals fade to a pleasing soft pink, and the petals open fully, revealing as they open, the boss of stamens at each flowers core.

Rosa ‘Oxana’ was launched inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

Rosa ‘Oxana’ produces blooms which are held on strong stems, the flowers are offset by this rose’s dark green, shiny foliage.  Rosa ‘Oxana’ is described as producing a light fragrance, sadly I was unable to detect any fragrance from this rose’s blooms.

Rosa ‘Oxana’ produces blooms with accessible stamens which open more fully as the flower ages, meaning this new rose could prove to be popular with bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects.

Growing to just over 1m (3.5 ft) tall, Rosa ‘Oxana’ is a robust and healthy rose, which offers excellent disease resistance.

Rosa ‘Oxana’ was bred by Colin Dickson of Dickson Roses and is introduced by Apuldram Roses.

The blooms of Rosa ‘Oxana’ fade to a pretty, soft pink colour as the blooms age. The petals have a darker coloured underside, which creates an attractively coloured, interesting rose bloom, and provide a pleasing and changing combination of pink colours and tones on every Rosa ‘Oxana’ specimen.

The winner of The Rose of the Year 2018 is……… Rosa ‘Lovestruck’

Philip Harkness presents rose breeder Colin Dickson, of Dickson Roses, with the Rose of the Year trophy for Rosa ‘Lovestruck’, which was the winner of The Rose of the Year 2018 Competition.
Rosa ‘Lovestruck’.

Rosa ‘Lovestruck’ has been awarded the prestigious title of the winner of The Rose of the Year Competition 2018!  Rosa ‘Lovestruck’ is a floribunda rose, that produces electric crimson coloured blooms, this special rose has been noted and respected for its exceptional health and vigour.

Rosa ‘Lovestruck’.

Rosa ‘Lovestruck’ produces vivid red, double petalled flowers, which form swirls of colour in the garden.  Rosa ‘Lovestruck’ will flower from the end of May, or by the start of June at least, until the first frosts arrive in autumn.  Rosa ‘Lovestruck’ produces glossy, dark green coloured foliage, which provides the perfect backdrop and balance for the vibrant colour of this new rose’s blooms which have a real and vivid intensity.

Rosa ‘Lovestruck’.

The blooms that Rosa ‘Lovestruck’ produce are described as being lightly scented.

Rosa ‘Lovestruck’.

Rosa ‘Lovestruck’ has excelled in all of the Rose Trials that it has featured in, winning a Gold Standard in the British Association of Rose Breeders (BARB) Rose Trials, and a Gold Medal from the Royal National Rose Society International Trials.  Rose breeder Colin Dickson describes Rosa ‘Lovestruck’ as being one of the healthiest roses he’s ever bred, and one of the healthiest roses in existence today.

Rosa ‘Lovestruck’.

Marilyn Stevens of Roses UK, invited Anna McGowan to come up to the stage, to present Colin Dickson with the Gold Medal from the Royal National Rose Society.  Anna McGowan used to work for the Royal National Rose Society, and was closely involved in the society’s rose trials.  Sadly the Royal National Rose Society has now closed, a fate that wistfully many plant societies have experienced.

Colin Dickson of Dickson Roses, receives a Gold Medal from the Royal National Rose Society, this prestigious award was presented by Anna McGowan from the National Rose Society. Anna McGowan and Colin Dickson are pictured inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

At the launch of Rosa ‘Lovestruck’, Marilyn Stevens of Roses UK, invited Philip Harkness, of Harkness Roses, to present the Rose of the Year 2018 Award to Colin Dickson.  Philip Harkness announced: “It gives me enormous pleasure to award yet another Rose of the Year Award to you Colin.  You’ve been breeding roses all your life, following your father, and his father.  It’s a fantastic achievement to carry out rose breeding to that quality over that period of time.  If anyone deserves Rose of the Year, Colin, it’s you, and it really is a pleasure to present this award to you.”  

Rosa ‘Lovestruck’.

Colin Dickson was presented with a specially commissioned glass vase that had been engraved with the image of Rosa ‘Lovestruck’.

I was keen to learn more about Rosa ‘Lovestruck’, so I asked Colin Dickson about this new rose’s breeding.  Colin Dickson explained, “The cross was made in 2007, using Rosa ‘Precious Memories’ crossed with Rosa ‘Wild Rover’, two Dickson’s roses, crossed with an American-bred one, Rosa ‘Knock Out’, a very healthy rose.”

I asked Colin what was his favourite rose that he had ever bred?
Colin told me, it was, “One that my Father and I take the credit for is Rosa ‘Elina’, which was bred in 1977, during my first year doing the breeding.  Rosa ‘Elina’ was introduced 1983 in France, 1984 in the UK.  It’s good all over the world, and you don’t get many roses that are good outside the UK.  To get one that’s good in America, the UK, Australia, Japan…. my Dad likes to take credit for it, but I did the crossing on it.”

 

Rosa ‘Lovestruck’.

Rosa ‘Lovestruck’ grows to about 95cm (3ft) high and 105cm (3.5ft) wide.

Rosa ‘Lovestruck’ was bred by Colin Dickson of Dickson Roses.  On behalf of the British Rose Trade, Rosa ‘Lovestruck’ is introduced by Roses UK.

Rosa ‘Lovestruck’.
Rosa ‘Lovestruck’.
Rose Breeder Colin Dickson, of Dickson Roses, pictured with Rosa ‘Lovestruck’, this special rose was the winner of The Rose of the Year 2018 Competition.

Other articles that may interest you………..

To read about the new rose introductions from David Austin Roses, launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017, please click here.

To see an overview of the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017, please click here.

To see an overview of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017, please click here.

To read about the Festival of Roses and the Rose of the Year Competition at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016, please click here.

To read about the Festival of Roses and the Rose of the Year Competition at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015, please click here.

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2 thoughts on “Rose of the Year at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017

    1. I am sorry you’re missing Hampton Court this year Claire. I haven’t managed to watch any TV coverage yet, so I have that to look forward to. I am so glad you enjoyed the article. Thanks for your lovely comment. Warmest wishes, Beth

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