The rose has been named after charity founder Thomas Barnardo’s wife, Syrie.
Syrie Barnardo helped to set up Barnardo’s with her husband, Thomas Barnardo, 150 years ago, ensured the charity helped girls as well as boys and continued to support the charity after Thomas’ death in 1905. Syrie was a philanthropist in her own right, before she married Thomas Barnardo she ran her own ragged school.
Harkness is also launching the Mary Berry rose at the show. Berry will be on hand to launch her rose, while Rosamund Pike will launch the Syrie rose. Both are bred by Harkness and are entered into the Chelsea new plants awards.
The Syrie rose is available to buy for £14.99 for delivery after 23 May 2016. A percentage from the sale of each rose will be donated to Barnardo’s.