Celebrating Shakespeare and roses

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet…”.

Juliet’s romantic musings on her balcony introduce the most famous love-scene in Shakespeare’s plays.

In fact, as well as different names, roses all have distinctive perfumes, and if you’re intrigued by the wide range of their fragrances and would like to know more about them, we have just what you need. Our booklet The Fragrance of Old Garden Roses is written by Robert Calkin, a professional ‘nose’ and perfumer.

Robert says: “Part of our fascination with roses stems from their extraordinary variety. No other group of plants in horticulture seems capable of producing such an array of wonderful colours and forms. Yet what is sometimes overlooked is that this applies equally to the diversity of their fragrance. Having spent my working life as a perfumer I never cease to wonder at the extraordinary beauty of fragrance to be found in roses.”

Click here for more information about The Fragrance of Old Roses and other HRG publications.