Rose breeder in Upper Caldecote creates first rose to be named after an ethnic minority Briton

A rose breeder based in Chronicle Country has teamed up with a campaign to create the first-ever rose to be named after an ethnic minority Briton. Harkness Roses, in Upper Caldecote, joined forces with the We Too Built Britain campaign to create the beautiful yellow gold rose, named after an 18th Century Black gardener. John Ystumllyn was the first well-recorded Black person in North Wales and with his marriage to Margaret Gruffydd, part of the first interracial marriage in Wales.

The campaign wanted to breed a new rose as a symbol of friendship, love, and community and to bring people together after the divisiveness of recent years, as well as inspiring people from all backgrounds to see gardening as a career or activity for them.

Harkness Roses has been breeding and growing over 200 varieties of exquisite British roses for more than 140 years. David White, Managing Director said: “We believe in the power of gardening to bring people together and want to make it more inclusive. “When We Too Built Britain approached us, this felt like such a positive and joyous thing to do. This might be one of the most important roses that we have ever launched.

The John Ystumllyn Rose is a Hybrid Tea. It grows to 80 cm tall and 60 cm wide. The flower is a golden yellow variety that does not fade. It starts flowering early and goes on to the first frosts and has a lovely scent to it.

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