We are not The Royal National Rose Society.
As reported by the BBC in their article “The Royal National Rose Society” , the RNRS went into administration on 15th May 2017.
Like all its members we were dismayed at events. However we decided that everyone who loves and grows roses should have a platform, a voice and a place to share the Nation’s favourite flower. Oh yes, the Nation’s favourite flower as reported by The Daily Telegraph in November 2017 and shown by a Gardeners’ World poll.
As The Rose Society UK we have attended many garden and flower shows throughout the UK and we have been asked on many occasions;
- will the society reform?
- will the gardens re-open?
- will there be rose shows?
- who will run rose trials?
The first answer is clear. The adminstrators PKF Geoffrey Martin and Co have confirmed to the membership that no rescue plan was likely. As rose lovers, growers and in some cases exhibitors, we decided that the shows which had been run by the RNRS would continue but under a new regime. It was equally clear that shows could not exist without a new society to organise them. The Rose Society UK was therefore born.
The second answer is also clear. The actual rose gardens or Gardens of the Rose, were not owned by the RNRS. They were sold to the owners of the main house which overlooks the garden. The owners, The Royal Entomological Society, rented the gardens back to the RNRS. When the society went into administration the agreement with the RES would have ended. The land that was still owned by the old RNRS does not include the rose garden and when it is sold, for whatever purpose, will not include the rose garden. The rose garden was designed and planted by the RNRS and up until the administration, was managed by the RNRS. In short it is unlikely that the gardens will ever re-open as a rose garden. The Royal Entomological Society have their own website at The RES
The rose shows are an easy answer; The Rose Society UK run four rose shows. One in the Spring as part of the RHS Spring Festival. Two in the summer, one in the south at Squires Garden Centre Shepperton, and one in the north as part of the Chorley Flower Show. Finally an autumn show as part of Harrogate Autumn Show.
Finally, rose trials. The Gardens of the Rose at St Albans housed two trials. The Rose of the Year trials are operated at a number of sites throughout the UK and the one at St Albans is a loss but the trials can continue at the other sites. This year’s Rose of the Year is Lovestruck as reported by its breeder Colin Dickson in the Member’s Area
The Gold Standard rose trials that were held at the gardens in St Albans have been suspended. Ian Kennedy of Roses UK runs the trials for the British Assosiation of Rose Breeders and is currently looking for a new site to house the trials in the future. The Rose SocietyUK does not have the resources or the finance to fund rose trials but is committed to supporting rose trials in the UK by whatever means it can. Rose trials are important to recognise excellence in rose breeding and essential to keep the rose buying public up-to-date with all developments in rose breeding and availability.
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