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Naming a Rose

We are often asked  – how do I have a rose named? We would recommend either of the following two ways of doing this – either via a professional rose breeder or through the Amateur Rose Breeders Association.  We are aware there are alternative methods of naming a rose being marketed,  however we can only endorse the two options detailed below.


Naming a rose with a professional rose breeder/grower can vary in cost from £5,000 – £50,000, depending on the quality of the rose and its performance in the several International Rose Trials.  The reason for the high cost is that it takes, on average, 10 to 12 years for a new rose to undergo nursery trials, propagation of plants for International Trials and assessment at the latter, most of which last for up to 3 years.  After all this very expensive process, the rose is ready for naming and, as this is the professional breeders’ means of livelihood, it is obvious that the cost for buying the right to name it will be a high one.  If you wish to pursue this course, you should write to the Secretary of the British Association Representing Breeders (BARB) on 01243 389532 or alternatively email: info@barbuk.org.uk.

The Amateur rose breeder association offer a slightly more affordable option, which start at around £300. The members of the Amateur Rose Breeders Association (ARBA) do produce quite a lot of good roses, many of which also do well in the International Rose Trials.  However, because for most of them, the breeding is a hobby, their fees are less than those of the professionals.  Enquiries should be made to the Secretary ARBA at 118 Ross Close, SAFFRON WALDEN CB11 4DT or alternatively email: secretary.arba@gmail.com.

The Gardens of the Rose are now closed for the 2016 season except for special events & will re-open on Saturday 10th June 2017

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Kind regards, The RNRS Team