Rose Festival returns for a 3rd
Year - virtually
Peter Seabrook, The Sun’s Gardening Editor supported by Roses UK and Whartons Garden Roses are making plans for the third Rose Festival week running from the 20th – 28th June and launching in The Sun on 18th April.
With the future unclear the focus this year will be on a virtual festival, encouraging the sharing of activities through social media.
Peter Seabrook commented, ‘who knows where we’ll be in June but for sure the sun will be in the sky and the roses will be in bloom, let’s celebrate the nations favourite flower through activities on-line if we can’t celebrate in-store. A Virtual Rose Festival allows everyone to get involved, whether they be retailers, growers, breeders or rose enthusiasts.
Festival week gives you the opportunity to celebrate all things Roses, either in store, (subject to government advice), on-line or through a virtual festival using social media, culminating in the Prettiest Rose Competition sponsored by The Sun with prizes of £500, £300 and £200 respectively.
2019 saw 60 centres signing up for the festival with 50 centres holding their own Prettiest Rose competition with local prizes for the winning entries.
The Virtual Rose festival will support those readers not able to reach their local garden centres, allowing them to submit a picture of their prettiest rose directly to sungardening.co.uk. Garden centres can organise their own local competition through their garden clubs, facebook and Instagram for those not able to reach the centre in person.
For more information and to register your participation contact Jo Davey at Whartons Garden Roses – firstname.lastname@example.org