There is a new emblem for Rugby with the official
planting of the rose that will bear the town’s name.
While neighbouring Northamptonshire lays claim to
the title Rose of the Shires, it could have a rival looking for a
Cllr Ish Mistry, the mayor, unveiled the Rugby
Rose, which was planted at the front of the new library’s Chapel
Street entrance. A few have been planted near the steps, and others
will soon go on sale.
The unveiling marked the fruition of several
years’ work and collaboration between Rugby Borough Council and
Gandy’s Roses of North Kilworth.
Doug Gandy, the award winning rose breeder, said:
“It’s a truly wonderful rose and especially
good as a cut flower for indoors. It is a delicate apricot colour
with a slight scent as well and will grow well in most
Stephen Beasley, the council’s principal parks
“I am delighted with the rose, and sure that
it is a fitting way to commemorate the millennium. I look forward to
seeing it appearing in gardens everywhere in the years to come.”
The new rose will go on display at the Royal
Horticultural Society’s Hampton Court Show and on sale to the public
for the summer.