Celebrity gardener and Jane Austen’s House Museum Ambassador Alan Titchmarsh today planted the Jane Austen rose in the museum garden. The Jane Austen rose was specially developed by Harkness Roses for the museum and was launched by Alan at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show earlier this year.
Following an introduction from Curator Mary Guyatt, Alan planted the rose alongside Philip Harkness of Harkness Roses and Celia Simpson, Head Gardener at Jane Austen’s House Museum.
Whilst planting the rose, Alan talked about the frequency in which gardens were mentioned in Jane Austen’s letters and described Jane Austen’s House Museum as a very special place. Alan also highlighted the museum’s recent Bring Jane Home campaign and urged the public to donate their new £10 notes to the museum.
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. Harkness Roses are generously donating a percentage of their proceeds to help support Jane’s Fund, the museum’s fundraising appeal to restore and protect Jane Austen’s precious home.
Mary Guyatt, Jane Austen’s House Museum Curator said: “Everyone was really happy to see Alan planting the Jane Austen rose in the author’s very own garden. It’s been a pleasure to work with Harkness Roses and today was another highpoint in Jane’s bicentenary year.”
The Jane Austen rose is available to order from the museum shop as well as via Harkness Roses.