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Harewood House honour Princess Mary with new rose called Rosa 'Yorkshire Princess'

PUBLISHED: 16:48 05 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:50 20 February 2013

The new Rosa ‘Yorkshire Princess’

The new Rosa ‘Yorkshire Princess’

Princess Mary's influence on the development of award-winning gardens at Harewood House is recognised with a very special tribute

A new rose has been named after the Princess Royal, Princess Mary to celebrate the gardening legacy she left at Harewood House, Leeds, where she lived for more than 30 years. Harewood announced the new rose named Rosa Yorkshire Princess last month on Yorkshire Day (August 1st).

The country house was the Princess Royals home from 1930 to 1965 and where she developed her love of nature and her vision for unusual plants and pioneering planting schemes.

A major exhibition, Royal Harewood which celebrates the life of the Yorkshire princess, is now on at the house but its not an exhibition that stops at the door.

Its still possible to see Princess Marys influence in the award-winning gardens today including the Rock Garden, now developed into the Himalayan Garden by her grandson, the 8th Earl of Harewood, David Lascelles and head gardener Trevor Nicholson.

It was one of her favoured areas of the garden and includes some of her favourite plants, such as rare and exotic Blue Poppies, Drumstick Primula and Blue Gentians. The Lakeside Path is still adorned with the rhododendrons she collected, and on the Terrace, there is the Eucryphia she planted, now one of the largest in the North of England, which still flowers for only three to four weeks each August.

Princess Mary was a very keen gardener and plantswoman who made a significant impact on the gardens here, introducing many elements of the gardens which our visitors still enjoy today, says Trevor.

As patron of the Royal National Rose Society from 1953 to 1965, Princess Mary indulged her love of roses and so to mark this years special Royal Harewood exhibition, a rose was the ideal way to create a lasting tribute. The pure white petal, soft blush centre and sweet scent give a traditional feel, in keeping with old-style roses and is perfect for a Yorkshire princess.

The rose is officially launched at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show this month. Show director Martin Fish adds: Princess Mary was patron of the North of England Horticultural Society for nearly two decades so it is particularly fitting that we should launch a rose dedicated to her during this special Diamond Jubilee year.

The rose has been bred by Colin Dickson of Dickson Nurseries Ltd, Co Down, Northern Ireland, a family company which has been involved with the growing of roses since 1836, and with rose breeding since 1879. Colin Dickson is the sixth generation of the family.

Rosa Yorkshire Princess will be planted at Harewood and will be available to order online for delivery from November 2012, at dickson-roses.co.uk and from the Harewood Shop in summer 2013. Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, who visited Harewood in April this year, was presented with the rose as a gift to celebrate her visit.

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