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Crawley garden centre asks residents to ‘Name the Rose’

Haskins’ popular ‘Name the Rose’ competition is back and will see the winning rose go on sale to the public.

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To celebrate one of the UK’s favourite flowers, Haskins Garden Centre has re-launched an exclusive ‘Name the Rose’ competition across all four of its centres.

The competition, which is now open, closes on Saturday March 31. Crawley residents and Haskins customers are encouraged to visit haskins.co.uk/rose-of-the-year and fill in the entry form for the chance to win the rose and see the name used in all Haskins’ centres.

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This year’s rose is a scented floribunda with apricot coloured semi-double flowers. The rose produces sprays of flowers from June to September, growing up to heights of 1.5m. The variety is fully hardy and can handle full sun and partial shade. This particular rose grows on average 25 petals each.

Lisa Looker, brand director at Haskins Garden Centres, said:

“This was one of our most popular competitions last year, with over 400 entries and we are delighted to bring it back for 2018. The rose is such a versatile flower and means so many different things to people. Suiting any type of garden, the rose is grown in a vast amount of colours and varieties.”

The winner of the competition will be notified by the end of April and will be invited into their local centre and presented with the rose.

The garden centre group’s renowned Rose Festival returns from May 17 to July 26 and will see the winning rose go on sale to the public. Haskins will also sell 200 other types of roses, including the new range of roses from Peter Beales Roses and David Austin Roses.

Alasdair Urquhart, Haskins’ in-house plant expert, said:

“Roses are hungry plants that respond well to generous feeding. They grow well in almost any well drained soil and benefit from a mulch of well-rotted manure during the winter.

“To keep the rose in good condition, regular dead heading is advised. Ideally, roses should be planted in an area exposed to sunlight, but with partial shade.”

Haskins has centres in Ferndown in Dorset, West End in Southampton as well as Roundstone and Snowhill in West Sussex. For more information visit www.haskins.co.uk

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Garden Centre launches ‘Share Your Rose’ photo competition

Haskins Garden Centre encourages gardeners to share photos of their best rose on social media.

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To celebrate one of the UK’s favourite flowers, Haskins Garden Centre group has introduced a new ‘share your rose’ photo competition on its social media pages.

The garden centre group, which has a garden centre in Snowhill in Copthorne, is encouraging gardeners to take a photo of the prettiest rose in their garden and share it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #HaskinsRose18 or email the photo to yourphotos@haskins.co.uk.

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The competition, which is now open, closes on Saturday June 30. The winning participant will be presented with Haskins’ exclusive Rose of the Year, Amelia. This year’s rose is a scented floribunda with apricot coloured semi-double flowers. The rose produces sprays of flowers from June to September, growing up to heights of 1.5m. The variety is fully hardy and can handle full sun and partial shade. This particular rose grows on average 25 petals each.

Lisa Looker, brand director at Haskins Garden Centres, said:

“We’re very excited to see what our customers have grown in their garden and hope this competition will help inspire them to proudly share photos of their green-fingered achievements. To enter the competition, simply take a photo of your rose and share it on social media or email it to us.

“The rose is such a versatile flower and means so many different things to people. Suiting any type of garden, the rose is grown in a vast amount of colours and varieties.”

Haskins’ Rose Festival has returned for another year and runs now until Thursday July 26. There are 200 types of roses on sale, including the new range of roses from Peter Beales Roses and David Austin Roses.

Haskins has centres in Ferndown in Dorset, West End in Southampton and Roundstone and Snowhill in West Sussex. For more information visit www.haskins.co.uk

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