Jane Austen’s House Museum is continuing its bicentenary commemorations with the launch of a Jane Austen Rose. The rose, developed by Harkness Roses, was unveiled yesterday at RHS Chelsea Flower Show by Jane Austen’s House Museum ambassador Alan Titchmarsh .
Harkness Roses are generously donating a percentage of their proceeds to help support the Museum’s fundraising appeal to restore and protect Jane Austen’s precious home. Jane Austen’s House Museum is in the village of Chawton in Hampshire and is of international importance as the place where Jane spent the last eight years of her life and wrote or revised all her novels.
The rose, a bright and vibrant orange bush rose, reflecting the vibrancy of Austen’s characters, celebrates Jane Austen’s life in her bicentenary year. With a light sweet scent and great depth of colour, the rose radiates warmth.
Later in this special commemorative year, Alan Titchmarsh will plant the Jane Austen Rose in the House garden in Hampshire. The roses will be available for sale at the Museum as well as via Harkness Roses.