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RHS names Rose for England

Football Team
by Hayley Monckton
June 27, 2010

Rosa “Team England” (‘Beafinal’) to be unveiled at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (6-11 July), the UK’s most glorious event for roses

The Royal Horticultural Society has chosen a special rose to name in honour of the England Football Team. Rosa Team England (‘Beafinal’) will be unveiled at the world’s largest annual gardening event, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (6-11 July).

Rosa Team England has been bred by one of the world’s best growers, and regular RHS Gold Medal winner, Peter Beales. With Peter Beales the RHS has selected a tall, healthy upright shrub with a medium sized deep red bloom, which has small flecks of white in the centre. It has good scent and is free flowering and hardy.

Team England is the rose’s trade name, but in 2006 it was given, per chance, the development name* ‘Beafinal’.

RHS Shows Director, Stephen Bennett, said: “The colour of the rose and the appropriate development name meant that a rose by any other name might not have smelled as sweet for England.

“Peter Beales is one of the best rose growers, regularly being awarded RHS gold medals at our flower shows, the “World Cups” of the gardening world.

“The rose festival at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is a breathtaking marquee showcasing roses from around the world, all vying to be crowned best rose display. We think Rosa Team England is a champion rose and we’re sure it will be rooting for the England Football Team to bloom and flourish in the games.”

RosaTeam England has taken five years to breed. Peter Beales will unveil the rose at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. As RosaIt will be available to purchase in 2011, although a waiting list will be available. Team England is a development rose, it is not available on a wide scale. However the RHS and Peter Beales will send the team and FA some bare root roses in November.

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