Joe Maiden rose to raise cash for hospice

25 August 2017
A rose named after BBC Radio Leeds gardening expert Joe Maiden will help to raise funds for Martin House.

Rosa Joe Maiden was launched by the British Isles Rose Society this summer, in honour of the horticulturalist who died in September 2015.

Proceeds from the sale of the rose will be split between Martin House and Wheatfields Hospice, which were Joe’s favourite charities.

Joe hosted Radio Leeds’ Sunday Morning Gardening Show for 22 years and had been the station's on-air gardening expert for more than 40 years.

Alison Wragg, community fundraiser, received a certificate of registration of the new rose from the society when it was launched at the Ryedale Rose Festival in Pickering.

Alison said: “Naming a rose after Joe is a wonderful and fitting tribute to such a renowned figure in the world of horticulture, and it is a huge honour that Martin House and Wheatfields will benefit from its sale for years to come.”

The rose is a bicoloured hybrid tea type rose, which is mid-red with silver reverse. David Wilce, chairman of the British Isles Rose Society, said he hoped the rose would be prize winner in the future.

He said: “We wanted a rose that wouldn’t just look good in people’s gardens, but be of show bench standard, that would stand out in horticultural shows. I can tell from experience it’s going to be a good one.”

Developing a new rose takes up to five years, and the first commercial plants won’t be available until October 2018, when one of the first roses will be planted at Martin House.

Alison Wragg (left) is pictured receving the certificate from Joe Maiden's son John, and Mayor of Pickering Coun Helene Haythorne.