Local Rose History
Dicksons at Newtownards.
has been a centre of rose breeding since the latter years of the
19th century when Dicksons of Newtownards came into
prominence with a number of outstanding new
introductions. Famous roses produced by this nursery
in the intervening years include Shot Silk,
Innisfree,Grandpa Dickson and Elina. Success
continues with Colin Dickson breeding several of the varieties
chosen in the recent past as 'Rose of the Year' by the British
International Judges take the opportunity, during their tour,
to view the latest seedling roses at Dickson's own trial ground.
Introduced by Dickson in 1985,
this rose was added to the
World Rose Hall of Fame
during the International Rose Convention
meeting in Japan, May 2006 .
Elina is grown and enjoyed by
throughout the world.