Alan Titchmarsh plants Chawton Cottage rose

Jane Austenā€™s House Museum welcomed celebrity gardener Alan Titchmarsh today to plant the Chawton Cottage rose in the Houseā€™s garden. The rose was specially developed by Harkness Roses to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Jane Austenā€™s House Museum opening to the public and debuted at this yearā€™s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

After a brief introduction from Museum Director, Mary Guyatt, Mr Titchmarsh planted theĀ Chawton Cottage roseĀ in Jane Austenā€™s garden by the Bakehouse wall – with the help of the Museumā€™s head gardener, Celia Simpson and Philip Harkness of Harkness Roses.

The rose, described by Harkness as a ā€˜sensational new climbing roseā€™,Ā has a light scent and an enchanting deep red eye in every delicately shaped pearl pink flower. It is the third rose Harkness Roses have developed for Jane Austenā€™s House Museum to mark key anniversaries. TheĀ Chawton CottageĀ roseĀ follows theĀ Jane AustenĀ rose, unveiled in 2017 to mark the bicentenary of Austenā€™s death and theĀ Pride and PrejudiceĀ rose, unveiled in 2013 to mark the 200th anniversary of the novelā€™s publication. Mr Titchmarsh has visited each year to plant the roses in the Houseā€™s garden.

Alan Titchmarsh said: ā€œJane Austenā€™s garden really brings her house to life for me and I am honoured to be back here planting a beautiful rose for the third time. It combines my love of gardening, Hampshire and Jane Austen and I look forward to see the Chawton Cottage Rose blooming in visits to the House for years to come.”

Harkness Roses are generously donating a percentage of their proceeds to help support the Museumā€™s fundraising appeal to restore and protect Jane Austenā€™s precious home. The Chawton CottageĀ rose will be available for sale viaĀ Harkness Roses.