Peter Beales Roses have been passionate about roses since 1968, when Peter opened his first rose nursery.
Since then Peter Beales Roses have become renowned around the world for specialising in the preservation of old fashioned, historic and rare roses, as well as winning many prestigious awards, including 24 Gold medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Within this blog Nursery Manager Ian Limmer shares his passion for these beautiful plants and offers advice on how to get the best out of your roses.
Nursery Manager Ian Limmer started working for Peter Beales Roses as a Saturday boy in 1977 and it wasn’t long before Peter saw the potential within Ian, asking him to become part of the show build up team at the Chelsea Flower Show, gaining the experience needed to create an award winning colour coordinated display.
Ian studied part-time for 3 years at a local Horticultural College. After which, he progressed on to do a three year apprenticeship at the nursery, working alongside Peter gaining further horticultural experience, whilst at the same time passing on his passion for old fashioned roses.
As Ian’s knowledge grew, Peter encouraged him to visit customer’s gardens, to give advice and help plan smaller gardens. Today, with Ian’s breadth of knowledge, Ian is more than happy to undertake any garden design project.
As Peter grew older and wasn’t able to travel as much, he would send Ian all over the world to visit gardens or to give lectures. Visiting many impressive gardens around Europe and lecturing as far as field as Japan.
Ian also writes articles, leads workshops, demonstrations, garden tours and heads the hybridizing programme at Peter Beales Roses, selecting the best seedlings which will go on to become new releases.
In Ian’s words “I feel Peter has passed on some of his passion and skill on a very practical level. Skills and knowledge that you cannot learn at a college. So after 37 years I am beginning to feel that I am getting the hang of it, but nature will always have the upper hand. No matter how knowledgeable I become, I appreciate that there will always be more to learn and that’s what makes it so exciting.”