Kenya: Lady Margaret rose proves popular

A year since it was launched at the International Flower Trade Show IFTEX 2015 in Nairobi, Lady Margaret has grown into a successful pink rose fetching good auction prices.

Speaking during IFTEX 2016 last month Judith Zuubier of Van Kleef, the breeder behind Lady Margaret said about the rose: “Everybody is asking for Lady Margaret.”

Lady Margaret is named in honour of the wife of Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, Margaret.

How did she settle on this flower? “I did research on her personality – she is feminine, happy and charismatic. This flower captures that and more about her. She is loved by everyone, and this flower has become a big attraction everywhere,” Judith said.

“Kenyans love this flower, they are always asking for it," she said, adding that it gained more popularity when the First Lady used it to decorate State House when US President Barrack Obama visited Kenya in August last year.

It is in high demand in Europe, Australia and Middle East among other regions. “It is an expensive rose, a niche variety”, she said.

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