The Nelson Mandela Rose launches in the UK

The rose, which was originally launched in South Africa in 2018, boasts abundant orange vermillion flowers, and is a proud testament to the legacy of the late Nelson Mandela, himself a gardener and nature lover.

The plan is to carry the glory of Madiba’s legacy across the oceans and grow and sell the rose in the UK and Europe, with all proceeds going to the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The roses have already been planted in pots at Highgrove House, the home of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.

“Lasher is extremely proud to be associated with the launch of the Nelson Mandela Rose in the United Kingdom,” says Ian Livingston, Lasher’sCommercial Director – UK, Europe & MEA. “There is no person who better personifies integrity, resilience and compassion than the late Nelson Mandela. Through good times and bad, Madiba’s commitment to bettering the lives for all South Africans was never in doubt. He is a true legend and inspiration to us all.”

“By keeping the manufacturing and core of our business endeavors in South Africa, while establishing a sales footprint in the UK, Europe and Australasia, Lasher remains committed to the legacy of Nelson Mandela by creating jobs and helping to grow the economy. Even though our branches spread across the world, we are still firmly rooted in South Africa.”

The history of the Nelson Mandela Rose

Shortly after Mandela was released from prison Keith Kirsten (prominent gardener and owner of garden centres and Keith Kirsten Horticulture International) was approached to help the late president plant up his Houghton garden. They established a relationship and planted a number of trees in townships across South Africa.

The idea to name a rose after Madiba was initially conceptualised in 2000 when Kirsten sat next to the then-CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund on a flight to New York and they signed an agreement. However, due to various commitments, the idea only took bloom in 2014 when the Nelson Mandela Foundation asked Kirsten to begin searching for a suitable rose. The search was led by Heather Henriques (Nelson Mandela Foundation), Zelda la Grange, Graca Machel, Keith Kirsten and Anna Rose Ncube (Keith Kirsten Horticulture International), who with help from the international community of breeders, discovered a variety bred by an amateur rose breeder Heather Horner of Horner Roses in the UK.



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