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The Soroptimist Rose

The Soroptimist rose was developed in America by Frank Benardello and he agreed to send us 50 plants in time for the 75th Anniversary of Soroptimist International in October 1996.

There are strict regulations on importing plant material into the UK and the roses had to be “washed” and bundled according to regulations. Keith Jones then drove from Manchester to Heathrow to collect them, took cuttings to propagate more, and potted up the 50 roses in time for our Conference at Harrogate that year. We were able to present our SIGBI President, Hilary Page with a rose and each of the regions bought roses to present to their regional presidents.

Since then it has featured on the front cover of the European Soroptimist Journal and been purchased by many clubs all over the UK and Europe. Any profits from sales go direct to our club charities.

The rose is classed as a patio rose. It is pink and creamy yellow and has many flowers on each stem. It grows very well in containers and makes a great present for Soroptimist occasions.

Cost in December 2020 is: £14.95 for a rose planted in a pot plus £9.75 delivery, then £2.75 delivery for each extra rose in a pot to the same address. Bare-rooted roses are £12.95 plus £4.95 delivery, or plus £6.95 delivery for 2-4 roses to the same address.

For orders please contact Peggy Simson, SI Thames Valley on pegsimson@gmail.com.