A “Roald Dahl Rose” Celebrates the Author’s Love of Gardens

Shaunacy Ferro
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Roald Dahl, author of classic children’s books like James and the Giant Peach and The BFG, was a passionate gardener. So to celebrate what would have been the author’s 100th birthday this year (he died in 1990), the English rose breeder David Austin Roses is introducing the Roald Dahl Rose, a new breed of peach-hued bloom.

Dahl was avid about tending the garden outside his writing hut on his English estate, Gipsy House, from 1954 up until his death, according to The Telegraph. The author grew vegetables and competed with his neighbors to grow the biggest onion each year, and was also passionate about orchid cultivation. (His gardens at Gipsy House have previously been opened to the public, but are currently closed.) Last year, his widow, Felicity Dahl, approached the rose breeder about naming one of this year’s new breeds after him. 

The new English rose breed will debut at the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show this week, and a percentage of the proceeds from each plant sold will go toward the Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity.

[h/t The Telegraph]