Graham Thomas is one of the roses that put me in the winner’s circle at the Indianapolis Rose Show last week! (See pics of the Rose Show here.)
This rose is a rich, radiant yellow David Austin English Rose with a strong tea fragrance. If you want to grow this rose, know that he is very hardy and is sometimes grown as a climber so give him some room or be prepared to keep him trimmed.
For more details on this lovely shrub rose … read on.
The Naming of This Rose
This rose was named for Graham Stuart Thomas an English horticulturalist, garden designer, rosarian extraordinaire and one of the most influential gardeners of the 20th century. He actually chose this rose to be named for him.
Another fun fact about Graham Stuart Thomas — he was was mentored by none other than Gertrude Jekyll. He was starting his career as she was finishing hers so it was a match made in heaven.
His book, The Graham Stuart Thomas Rose Book, is a comprehensive reference on roses –especially historical roses.
Back to the Winner’s Circle…
I was in the company of greatness….
Look at all this beauty! Our rose society is filled with wonderfully talented rosarians!