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  The City Livery Rose

Liverymen are reminded of the City Livery Rose which not only makes an excellent birthday or Christmas present but also generates funds for the Company's Charitable Trust.

The City Livery RoseThe brainchild of Delva Patman, Past Master of the Company, “City Livery” was launched at the Chelsea Flower Show 2000 with a presentation to the Right Hon. the Lord Mayor, the Lady Mayoress, Sheriffs and their Escorts. In 2002, a gift of 50 “City Livery” rose bushes was presented to Her Majesty the Queen in celebration of her Golden Jubilee. Both the Corporation of London and Birmingham City Council have also planted the roses in a number of public gardens.

“City Livery” is produced by Harkness Roses, leading rose breeders and growers. It is clear sparkling lemon yellow in colour with an attractive apple perfume and mid green foliage. It is a rose which has the rare combination of soft and pastel shade that is also bright and sparkling. In bright sunlight it shines without dazzling, in dappled shade the colour is bright and lively. The clusters have up to nine flowers, which open in succession, giving a really long period of flower in both garden and vase. In trials for the last seven years there has been good disease resistance and, importantly for a pale shade, the petals withstand both rain and heat without notable damage.

Liverymen wishing to obtain supplies of “City Livery” should apply (mentioning the Livery connection) to: R Harkness & Co Ltd, The Rose Gardens, Cambridge Road, Hitchin, Herts. SG4 0JT. Tel. 0845 331 3143,

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