PETAL POWER: Rose expert Charles Shann and the co-ordinator of Darling Downs Heritage Roses Bonita Cattel discussed the finding of the Glengallan Rose.
PETAL POWER: Rose expert Charles Shann and the co-ordinator of Darling Downs Heritage Roses Bonita Cattel discussed the finding of the Glengallan Rose. Nicole Zurcas

A Warwick rose by any other name...

GROWING at the steps of the 19th century Glengallan Homestead, a mysterious white flower started whispers around the town.

Not seeing this flower bloom anywhere else, locals knew the rose was different from any other ordinary garden feature and began calling it the "Glengallan Rose".

Following a multi-million dollar restoration in 2002, garden expert Charles Shann identified the unique cluster of petals as the Lamarque rose.

"It's a truly unique rose," Mr Shann said.

"The colouring is one of a kind; white petals with a pale lemon centre, which defuses through the petals."

 

MYSTERIOUS ROSE: The floral guardian growing on the grounds of the Glengallan Homestead is identified as the French rose, Lamarque.
MYSTERIOUS ROSE: The floral guardian growing on the grounds of the Glengallan Homestead is identified as the French rose, Lamarque. Tourism and Events Queensland

For more than a decade, Mr Shann has propagated the rose from the homestead and grown them to sell across the state.

The rose has a long stem with little thorns but it is the amount of petals that Mr Shann says he finds magnificent.

"The mass of petals outgrow a standard garden rose, some can grow 100 petals in one bloom," he said.

"They are also great climbers, some of them reaching 20 feet high in a garden."

 

 

Enjoying a 'Good Day Out', the Darling Downs Heritage Roses group visited the home-stead to hear the tale of the unique flora. Group co-ordinator Bonita Cattell was impressed with Mr Shann's ability to identify the plant.

The rose lovers exchanged gardening tips over tea and suggested to deeply water roses, not sprinkle, to avoid spots this time of year.



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