Horticulture Week Podcast: the healthy future of roses with Rose Society treasurer Daniel Myhill

Matthew Appleby and Dan Myhill

Rose expert Daniel Myhill is treasurer of the 350-member Rose Society and national collection holder for persica roses. Unusually for a HortWeek podcast, he's not a professional horticulturist, but he is an example of a new passion for roses among younger people.

The geotechnical engineer says myths about roses being difficult to look after need scotching.

One of his mentors, Chris Warner, is an example of a breeder of modern healthy roses.

"His mantra is breeding 'healthy roses' - he'll look at the plant overall. If there's a disease on the leaf, that's it, he'll bin it because it doesn't meet his high standards. And that mantra and that ethos has done wonders for breeding healthy which require less intervention."

But Myhill is critical of some other roses named after celebrities, which he says may not be of the best quality and could put people off long-term.

The YPHA member has a burgeoning side career doing talks. He highlights striped and other novelties as trends and maintains that healthier roses and, of course, the persica, are the future.

And finally, Myhill also tells a very romantic story about his desert island plant.

Presenter: HortWeek editor Matthew Appleby
Producer: HortWeek digital content manager Christina Taylor

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