Harkness, established in 1879, breed new varieties of roses every year and were among the first to sell roses for charitable purposes – Compassion being the first UK charity rose. Compassion was launched in 1971 to raise funds for the rehabilitation of prisoners. It became a worldwide seller and is still popular today. Others include Samaritan, Princess of Wales for The British Lung Foundation & the Royal Society of Medicine’s Chandos Beauty. In this way Harkness have raised well over £250,000 for various charitable causes.
For the Guide Movement, Harkness have produced Guiding Spirit (1989), The Brownie Rose (2004). Girlguiding UK Centenary Rose (2009) and for 2018 the Trefoil Rose to celebrate 75 years of support work by The Trefoil Guild. This latest rose is a red floribunda – expect displays of dark red blooms borne in clusters of up to seven per stem. The darkest shade occupies the outer petals, whilst ruby takes centre stage. Plants are short and bushy. Height 80 cm Width 60 cm
20% of net sales of the Trefoil Rose will go towards the Guild's Anniversary Appeal which is a national fundraising appeal for Riding for the Disabled. In their article for the Trefoil magazine they say:
At RDA our horses and ponies bring about meaningful and lasting change to disabled adults and children all over the UK. The thousands of horses and ponies that work for RDA provide life-changing therapy and offer opportunities for riders and carriage drivers to achieve amazing things.
For more information about RDA, and what you can do to support Trefoil Guilds chosen charityfor it's 75th year, visit our page here.
How to order your roses:
Download the order form here, fill it out and post it off to Harkness.
Or click here to visit the Harkness website to place your order.