- Harkness Roses
R. Harkness & Co. Ltd, or Harkness Roses, is the leading
rosebreeder in England.
The nursery was founded in 1879 in
Yorkshire. Early varieties included a sportof 'Heinrich Schultheis' introduced in 1893 as 'Mrs. Harkness'.
In the 1950s, Harkness popularized 'Frensham' and 'Ena Harkness', both developed by amateur
Albert Norman, and for a time 'Ena Harkness' was the most popular red Hybrid Teain the world.
Jack Harkness (1918–1994) began developing new roses for the company in 1962, and improved roses' health by introducing genes from various wild rose species. Early successes were with Hybrid Teas, and then later with
* 'Mrs. Harkness' (1893)
* 'Ena Harkness'
* 'Alexander' (1972)
* 'Compassion' (1972)
* 'Yesterday' (1974)
* 'Margaret Merrill' (1977)
* 'Anne Harkness' (1979)
* 'Amber Queen' (1983)
* 'Bill Slim' (1987)
* 'Bridge of Sighs' (2000)
* 'Rosa Belmonte' (2007)
* [http://harknessonline.co.uk/ Harkness Roses homepage]
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