Alan Titchmarsh visits Jane Austen’s House Museum

Celebrity gardener and Jane Austen’s House Museum Ambassador Alan Titchmarsh planted the Chawton Cottage rose in the Museum garden on the morning of 10th October. The Chawton Cottage rose was specially developed by Harkness Roses to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Jane Austen’s House Museum opening to the public. 

Jane Austen's House Museum

The rose, described by Harkness as a ‘sensational new climbing rose’, has a light scent and an enchanting deep red eye in every delicately shaped pearl pink flower. It is the third rose Harkness Roses have developed for Jane Austen’s House Museum to mark key anniversaries. The Chawton Cottage rose follows the Jane Austen rose, unveiled in 2017 to mark the bicentenary of Austen’s death and the Pride and Prejudice rose, unveiled in 2013 to mark the 200th anniversary of the novel’s publication. All three roses were launched at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. 

Harkness Roses are generously donating a percentage of their proceeds to help support the Museum’s fundraising appeal to restore and protect Jane Austen’s precious home. 

Following an introduction from Museum director, Mary Guyatt, Alan planted the rose alongside Celia Simpson, the Head Gardener and Philip Harkness, of Harkness Roses. 

The Chawton Cottage rose will be available for sale via Harkness Roses

Jane Austen's House Museum

Jane Austen’s House Museum, affectionately known as ‘Chawton Cottage’, first opened to the public 70 years ago, on 23 July 1949. Since then it has welcomed over one million visitors and has become one of the most important literary sites in the world. It was here that Jane’s genius flourished and where she penned all her novels, including the timeless Pride and Prejudice. It is the most treasured Austen site in the world and the only house where Jane Austen lived and wrote that is open to the public. 

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