Rhododendron for royal wedding

High Beeches Garden has applied to register Rhododendron kesangiae 'Royal Wedding' in honour of Prince William and Kate Middleton's marriage of on 29 April.

Rhododendron kesangiae - image: High Beeches Garden
Rhododendron kesangiae - image: High Beeches Garden

Seedlings of the pink R. kesangiae were collected by Edward Boscawen of High Beeches during a botanical trip in Bhutan in 1987.

The species was named after the country's Queen Kesangiae. Some of these are now flowering in the care of High Beeches Garden, with one flowering this year for the first time.

Boscawen's daughter Sarah Bray, who is now responsible for High Beeches, said: "We are delighted that we have a new form of a particularly fine rhododendron and that it is outstanding enough to be named in honour of the royal wedding."

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