The Festival of Roses at The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015

The Festival of Roses at Hampton Court Flower Show

For me, one of the loveliest features of the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is The Festival Of Roses Marquee, where new roses are launched and displayed alongside historic roses and more modern favourites.  The scent inside The Festival Of Roses Marquee is divine, it’s filled with the sweetest, most delicious, tea rose fragrance, which envelopes each visitor to this very special marquee.

Inside The Festival of Roses Marquee at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
Inside The Festival of Roses Marquee at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
A beautiful rose arbour created by Peter Beales Roses in The Festival of Roses Marquee at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
A beautiful rose arbour created by Peter Beales Roses in The Festival of Roses Marquee at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
Inside The Festival of Roses Marquee at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
The Gold Medal winning rose exhibit from David Austin Roses inside The Festival of Roses Marquee at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
Rosa 'I Am Macmillan' in The Festival of Roses Marquee at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. This rose is an unusual, bright salmon colour and offers good disease resistance, it was named especially for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Rosa ‘I Am Macmillan’ in The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. This rose produces unusual bright, almost glowing, salmon coloured blooms with a plant that offers good disease resistance.  It was named especially for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Another photograph of Rosa 'I Am Macmillan' in The Festival of Roses Marquee at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. This vibrant salmon coloured rose will be available to purchase from September 2015.
Another photograph of Rosa ‘I Am Macmillan’, taken in The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. This vibrant salmon coloured rose will be available to purchase from September 2015.
A beautiful rose arbour created by Peter Beales Roses inside The Festival of Roses Marquee at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. This beautiful display was awarded a Silver-Gilt Medal by the RHS Judges.
A beautiful rose arbour created by Peter Beales Roses, inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. This beautiful display was awarded a Silver-Gilt Medal by the RHS Judges.
This lovely rose exhibit was created by the Historic Roses Group inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
This lovely rose exhibit was created by the Historic Roses Group, for The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
Roses displayed as cut flowers inside The Festival of Roses Marquee at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
Roses were displayed as container plants and cut flowers inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
Inside The Festival of Roses Marquee at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
Inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
A beautiful display of deliciously scented roses from David Austin Roses inside The Festival of Roses Marquee at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. David Austin Ltd won a Gold Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society for this exhibit and they also were chosen as the best Rose Exhibit at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
A beautiful display of deliciously scented roses from David Austin Roses, inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. David Austin Ltd won a Gold Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society for this exhibit, they also were chosen as the best Rose Exhibit, at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
A beautiful rose arbour created by Peter Beales Roses inside The Festival of Roses Marquee at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
A beautiful rose arbour created by Peter Beales Roses, inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
A beautiful rose arbour created by Peter Beales Roses displayed inside The Festival of Roses Marquee at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
A beautiful rose arbour created by Peter Beales Roses, displayed inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
A close up of some of the roses on display inside The Festival of Roses Marquee at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
A close up of some of the roses on display inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
This yellow, hybrid tea rose, Rosa 'Sunny Sky' (Koraruli) was awarded the coveted accolade of Rose Of The Year 2016. Rosa 'Sunny Sky' was bred by W. Kordes' Söhne of Germany and has been introduced to the UK by Roses UK and Mattocks Roses.
This yellow, hybrid tea rose, Rosa ‘Sunny Sky’ (Koraruli) was awarded the coveted accolade of Rose Of The Year 2016. Rosa ‘Sunny Sky’ was bred by W. Kordes’ Söhne of Germany, this rose was introduced to the UK by Roses UK and Mattocks Roses.

The Rose Of The Year 2016

New rose varieties from both the UK and International breeders can be entered into The Rose Of The Year Competition.  All entered roses 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, with differing soil and growing conditions.  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.

Rosa ‘Sunny Sky’ (Koraruli)

Rosa ‘Sunny Sky’ (Koraruli) was announced as The Rose Of The Year 2016.  This special golden yellow, hybrid tea rose was bred by W. Kordes of Germany and introduced by Mattocks Roses and Roses UK, on behalf of the British rose trade.  Rosa ‘Sunny Sky’ forms a strong plant, with disease resistant foliage; it repeat flowers throughout the summer, producing large soft yellow flowers with a fruity fragrance.  Rosa ‘Sunny Sky’ grows to 1m (3.5ft) in height and spreads to 50cm (20″).  This special new rose will be available to purchase, as bare root plants, from autumn 2015.

A beautiful floral arrangement with the Rose Of The Year 2016, Rosa 'Sunny Sky' (Koraruli) and Alchemilla mollis. Rosa 'Sunny Sky' was bred by W. Kordes' Söhne of Germany and has been introduced to the UK by Roses UK and Mattocks Roses.
A beautiful floral arrangement with the Rose Of The Year 2016, Rosa ‘Sunny Sky’ (Koraruli) and Alchemilla mollis. Rosa ‘Sunny Sky’ was bred by W. Kordes’ Söhne of Germany.  This rose was introduced to the UK by Roses UK and Mattocks Roses.
Rose Of The Year 2015, Rosa 'Sunny Sky' (Koraruli) was awarded the coveted accolade of Rose Of The Year 2016. Rosa 'Sunny Sky' has pretty rosebuds that are delicately scrolled.
Rose Of The Year 2015, Rosa ‘Sunny Sky’ (Koraruli) was awarded the coveted accolade of Rose Of The Year 2016. Rosa ‘Sunny Sky’ has pretty delicately scrolled rosebuds.

Rosa ‘Moorcroft’

Rosa ‘Moorcroft’ is a new rose, bred by Maurice Guest and named for the famous pottery.  Rosa ‘Moorcroft’ is a deep violet-pink, single flowered rose, ideal for attracting bees and pollinating insects to the garden.  This lovely rose flowers from May until November each year.

Moorcroft Pottery have immortalised this charming rose in an exclusive, limited edition production of 50 special vases, designed by Kerry Goodwin for Moorcroft.  Moorcroft Pottery gave the first vase they produced to Maurice Guest, to thank him for breeding this beautiful new floribunda rose, that was named especially for their company.

Ceramic Antique Expert, Eric Knowles, Director of Moorcroft Pottery, tells visitors about the new Moorcroft Vase, which was designed by Kerry Goodwin and is decorated with images of Rosa 'Moorcroft', which was grown by Style Roses from Holbeach in Lincolnshire, in The Festival Of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015. Eric Knowles is pictured with designer Kerry Goodwin, and Margaret and Chris Styles.
Ceramic Antique Expert, Eric Knowles, the Director of Moorcroft Pottery, tells visitors about the new Moorcroft Vase, which was designed by Kerry Goodwin.  This is decorated with images of Rosa ‘Moorcroft’, a lovely new rose, which was grown by Style Roses from Holbeach in Lincolnshire. Eric Knowles is pictured with designer Kerry Goodwin, together with Margaret and Chris Styles, in the Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015.
Director of Moorcroft Pottery, Ceramic Antique Expert, Eric Knowles, pictured with the new Moorcroft Vase, which was designed by Kerry Goodwin and is decorated with images of Rosa 'Moorcroft', which was grown by Style Roses from Holbeach in Lincolnshire, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015. Only 50 of these special vases were produced.
Director of Moorcroft Pottery, Ceramic Antique Expert, Eric Knowles, is pictured with the new Moorcroft Vase, which was designed by Kerry Goodwin.  This exquisite vase is decorated with images of Rosa ‘Moorcroft’, only fifty of these special vases were produced.  Eric Knowles is pictured at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015.
The fragrance inside the Festival Of Roses Marquee was wonderful!
The fragrance inside the Festival Of Roses Marquee was wonderful, the air was filled with the delicious scent of hundreds of roses!
This is Rosa 'Princess Alexander Of Kent' from David Austin Roses, a pretty rose with a charming fragrance.
This is Rosa ‘Princess Alexander Of Kent’ from David Austin Roses; a pretty rose with large flowers and a charming fragrance.
Visitors admiring the roses in The Festival of Roses Marquee at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
Visitors admiring the roses in The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
Rosa 'Royal Jubilee' seen here at the David Austin Roses exhibit at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Rosa 'Royal Jubilee' is a beautiful rose with a strong, fruity fragrance, this rose has an open centre, with accessible stamens and pollen, making it ideal for bees or pollinating insects.
Rosa ‘Royal Jubilee’, seen here at the David Austin Roses exhibit, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Rosa ‘Royal Jubilee’ is a beautiful rose, with a strong, fruity fragrance, this rose has an open centre, with accessible stamens and pollen, making it an ideal choice if you’re looking for a rose to attract bees or pollinating insects.

Rosa ‘Lynda Bellingham’

Many new roses are launched at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, this new rose, bred by Harkness Roses, was named in memory of the actress Lynda Bellingham.  Rosa ‘Lynda Bellingham’ is a compact rose, with large, warm apricot, coloured flowers and a spicy fragrance.

Lynda Bellingham’s husband, Michael Pattemore, was presented with this special new rose, by Philip Harkness from Harkness Roses.  Michael thanked Philip, he told the gathered audience that Lynda would have been over the moon with the rose.  Michael felt that Lynda would have loved the rose.  He informed the audience that he would take the rose down to Lynda’s grave the following day.

Michael posed for photographs with Maureen Lipman and Lynda’s son, Robert, as together they launched Rosa ‘Lynda Bellingham’ at The Festival of Roses, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015.

This pretty, new, apricot coloured, hybrid tea rose was bred by Harkness Roses and named Rosa 'Lynda Bellingham' in memory of the actress and entertainer.
This pretty, new, apricot coloured, hybrid tea rose was bred by Harkness Roses and named Rosa ‘Lynda Bellingham’, in memory of the actress and entertainer.
Maureen Lipman, a close friend of Lynda Bellingham and the late actress's husband, Michael Pattemore, inside The Festival Of Roses Marquee for the launch of Rosa 'Lynda Bellingham', at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
Maureen Lipman, a close friend of Lynda Bellingham and the late actress’s husband, Michael Pattemore, pictured inside The Festival Of Roses Marquee, for the launch of Rosa ‘Lynda Bellingham’, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
Lynda Bellingham's son Robert together with Maureen Lipman, a close friend of Lynda Bellingham, and her widower, Michael Pattemore, launch Rosa 'Lynda Bellingham' at The Festival Of Roses, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
Lynda Bellingham’s son Robert together with Maureen Lipman, a close friend of Lynda Bellingham, and her husband, Michael Pattemore, launch Rosa ‘Lynda Bellingham’, at The Festival Of Roses, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
Lynda Bellingham's son Robert, Lynda's close friend, Maureen Lipman and Lynda's husband,Michael Pattemore, launch Rosa 'Lynda Bellingham' at the Festival Of Roses, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
Lynda Bellingham’s son Robert, Lynda’s close friend, Maureen Lipman and Lynda’s husband, Michael Pattemore, launch Rosa ‘Lynda Bellingham’, at the Festival Of Roses, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
 Rosa 'Lynda Bellingham' was bred by Harkness Roses and named in memory of the actress and entertainer Lynda Bellingham. This compact rose has large flowers and is ideal for planting in borders or in containers in the garden.
Rosa ‘Lynda Bellingham’ was bred by Harkness Roses and named in memory of the actress and entertainer Lynda Bellingham. This compact rose has large flowers and is ideal for planting in borders or in containers in the garden.
Inside The Festival of Roses Marquee at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
The David Austin Roses Gold Medal winning rose exhibit, pictured inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.  This exhibit was judged to be the Best Rose Exhibit in The Festival Of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015.

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