A celebrity gardener is helping to launch a new rose at a St Albans garden centre, which has been cultivated to raise money for a charity raising awareness of and funding for brain tumours.
Danny Clarke, who shot to fame as a presenter of the BBC factual series The Instant Gardener, has teamed up with Burston Garden Centre on North Orbital Road to launch the ‘Rose for Hope’ on Friday, March 24.
The specially cultivated flower blooms a bright yellow and is sold in a pink pot, the colours of Brain Tumour Research. For every rose sold, the charity will receive at least £1.
This is a cause that’s close to Danny’s heart, as he lost his sister Margot to glioblastoma, and to the owners of Burston, whose 24-year-old grandson Shay Emerton recently recovered from a brain tumour and will attend the event.
Danny said: “It felt like Margot spent a long time between life and death and seeing that slow, drawn-out and inevitable decline was awful.
“I don’t want other families to have to go through that and know the key lies in research.”
The rose will also be sold at several nurseries, including Carpenters Nursery.
Photo credit: Brain Tumour Trust