Haskins Garden Centre in Snowhill is hosting a Rose Festival from Thursday May 26 to Thursday July 28, to celebrate one the UK’s favourite flowers. The festival will showcase the vast amount of colours, varieties and versatility of roses.

During the festival, Haskins’ exclusive rose of the year, Serenity, which had its name selected as the winning entry in the ‘Name the Haskins’ Rose of the Year’ competition, will also make its debut. It is available to buy at Haskins for £9.99 throughout the festival, along with the new David Austin roses featured at the 2016 Chelsea Flower Show.

Roses originated in China and then spread over the northern hemisphere between 60 to 70 million years ago. Modern roses are now available in a number of varieties, ranging from the patio which are perfect for growing in pots to groundcover which form a carpet of colour.

Alasdair Urquhart, plant advisor at Haskins Garden Centre in Ferndown, said: “Roses are easy to grow so long as they have deep soil and lots of food. They grow in a variety of colours and many types are wonderfully scented, making them a perfect addition to any garden.”