The Perse School

Blooming lovely – The Perse Rose launches at RHS Chelsea

22 May 2015

A new rose to mark the 400th anniversary of The Perse was launched earlier this week at RHS Chelsea. ‘The Perse Rose’, created by specialist Peter Beales Roses, has deep pink blooms and a delicate fragrance.

Pupils and staff have been waiting patiently for the bare root roses planted in the School’s rose bed last year to come into bud in June. They were thrilled when Peter Beales Roses surprised them with three plants already in flower, having been grown especially for Chelsea. Pupil representatives from each of the three Perse sites – Amy Leslie-Allen from the Pelican, Vincent Yip from the Prep and Charity Pickup from the Upper – unveiled these roses to the School on Monday.

Gerald Ellison, the School’s Bursar, accepted the rose on behalf of the School from Ian Limmer, Nursery manager at Peter Beales Roses and Rachel Flood, past President of the Canadian Rose Society at its Chelsea launch on Monday. He said:

“I am delighted that this rose has been named to commemorate this important milestone in the School’s history. Watching it bloom each year will provide a living reminder of our heritage and of our timeless duty to educate the children of today so that they can make a better tomorrow.”

We are also very pleased to announce that Peter Beales Roses was awarded a Gold Medal for their beautiful rose exhibit at Chelsea, in which The Perse Rose was featured. Our rose could also be seen in the BBC’s coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show!

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