A BRIGHT orange rose reflecting the vibrancy of Jane Austen’s fictional characters has been launched by her former home at Chawton.
The Jane Austen Rose, developed by Harkness Roses, was unveiled by celebrity gardener Alan Titchmarsh at the recent Chelsea Flower Show.
And a percentage of the proceeds from sales of the roses will help support the fundraising appeal to restore and protect Jane Austen’s House Museum, where the novelist lived and worked.
The museum, where she spent the last eight years of her life and wrote or revised all her books, is commemorating this summer the bicentenary of Austen’s death.
“With a light sweet scent and a great depth of colour, the rose radiates warmth,” said a spokesman for the museum where Alan Titchmarsh is an ambassador.
Later in the year he will plant the commemorative rose in the House garden at Chawton. The roses will be on sale at the museum and from Harkness Roses.