It was a proud moment for breeder, Peter Nosow of Landsdale Rose Gardens in Western Australia when he was given the opportunity to showcase his new creation, the beyondblue rose at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show in March.
Supported by the Federal and state governments, beyondblue is an independent, not-for-profit organisation working to increase awareness and understanding of depression, anxiety and related drug and alcohol problems.
The beyondblue rose is a modern shrub rose which is relatively free of thorns and it flowers in clusters. With pale, pinkish mauve flowers, it’s an ideal landscaping rose, as it grows to just over a metre tall and about one and a half metres wide.
With depression, anxiety and mental illness being so prevalent in today’s society, Peter Nosow was aware of the impact the debilitating illness can have. He believes there is no greater reward than being able to release a new rose variety which will not only bring joy, but will be able to help others in the process, particularly among people with a passion for gardening.
There are beyondblue rose growers based in South Australia (Corporate Roses and Knight’s Roses) and Victoria (Treloar Roses), all of which can organise mail orders. In Western Australia, plants are grown by Landsdale Rose Gardens and distributed to retail nurseries.
The rose will grow well in all southern states and wherever roses are currently cultivated. Those interested in purchasing the rose can ask their local nursery to order it in for them. Furthermore, by ordering the rose you will be helping beyondblue to continue their wonderful work with a portion of each sale being donated to the organisation.
To further inform yourself about depression – its effects, how it’s treated and how you can be more understanding and accepting of its victims, you can visit www.beyondblue.org.au or call 1300 224 636.
Alternatively, all Barry Plant offices carry a range of beyondblue brochures and information pamphlets for public consumption.