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19 May 2017

Roses are red, roses are blue and we've got a Rose Festival just for you!

BBC Gardeners' World Live

The immensely popular Rose Festival returns this year to BBC Gardeners' World Live taking centre stage in the Floral Marquee.

This is where some of the top rose nurseries in England come together to offer every type of rose for the garden. Not only this, but the wealth of professional knowledge available from the nursery owners and staff will ensure you get the very best roses for your garden.

Visitors in the Rose Festival at BBC Gardeners' World Live

Not to be missed are the talks from the Rose Hut were you can enjoy entertaining and informative demos through the day. 

Nurseries present this year are...

Harkness Roses originating in Yorkshire in 1879. Eighty years later Jack Harkness began breeding new varieties in Hitchin. In 2016 they introduced the Eve Rose at BBC Gardeners' World Live in celebration of the Eve Charity. In 2017 they launch their brand new variety Gardeners' Gold. Pop to their stand to be amongst the first to get your hands on this fantastic rose!

The Eve Rose, launched at BBC Gardeners' World Live 2016, Harkness Roses, Roses UK

Peter Beales Roses have won no less than 23 Gold medals at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and have a range of 11,000 different roses. They are acknowledged as one of the top rose nurseries worldwide - and you can find them in the BBC Gardeners' World Live Floral Marquee!

Rosa Munstead Wood in the Rose Festival BBC GArdeners' World Live Floral Marquee

Style roses grow all their own plants at Holbeach in Lincolnshire taking at least two years to produce each plant. They also offer a range of David Austin Roses.

Rosa Lady of Shalott - Rose Festival at BBC Gardeners' World Live Floral Marquee

Pococks Roses were established in 1984 with over 450 varieties and a range of beauty products created from their own roses.

visitor in the Rose Festival at BBC Gardeners' World Live, Floral Marquee

Apuldram Roses were established 40 years ago and is still run as a family business having a range of 350 varieties from miniature patio roses to fantastic climbers.

Visitors enjoying the Rose Festival at BBC Gardeners' World Live Floral Marquee

As roses continue to be a massive favourite for us all we make sure they're all over the Show, not just the Rose Festival! Look out for your favourite blooms in:

The Nostalgia Garden

Paul Stone, of the Eden Project, had designed this feature garden to celebrate the year that BBC Two's Gardeners' World went into production. Peter Beales Roses, who celebrate their own 50th anniversary next year, will be displaying some classic rose varieties from the 60s including Blessings, Prima Ballerina, Fragrant Cloud, Iceberg and  Queen Elizabeth. Visitors will be able to contrast these with more recent introductions including Hot Chocolate, Rhapsody in Blue, Special Anniversary, Champagne Moment and Deep Secret.

Rosa Geoff Hamilton in the Nostalgia Garden at BBC Gardeners' World Live
The Nostalgia Garden also features roses named after the TV programme presenters over the years including Roas Geoff Hamilton (pictured above, photo credit: Roses UK), Rosa Alan Titchmarsh (pictured below, photo credit: Roses UK), Rosa Geoffrey Smith and Rosa Chris Beardshaw.

Rosa Alan Titchmarsh - in the Nostalgia Garden at BBC Gardeners' World Live

Wyevale Garden Centres' 'Romance in the Ruins' Show Garden

Designed by Claudia de Yong, this garden will be packed with scented roses, in the most romantic of settings - with tumbledown turrets and fairy tale castle features.

Cup of roses, Wyevale Garden Centre Show Garden 2016

The Golden Jubilee Plant Display

You'll recall that Adam Frost announced his Golden Jubilee Plant in episode 9 as the rose, to great applause! You can see a fantastic display of all the nominations in The Changing Face of Gardening feature, designed by BBC Gardeners' World Magazine's associate editor David Hurrion.

So, if you're anything like us, and Adam Frost , make sure you join us at this year's BBC Gardeners' World Live.

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