The story of how Usk Valley Roses bagan
Our Garden Roses are grown on the family farm based in the rolling hills surrounding the Brecon Beacons over looking the Usk Valley. Hence our name.
Depending on the time of year it is either very beautiful or rather wet and wild!
The farm has been in my husband's family for generations and is a typical Welsh hill farm. Lots of sheep, cows, tractors and arable crops to feed the animals. My husband (and his father) are the farmers and I am the flower grower and Florist.
I've been a Florist for over 10 years and my passion for all things flowers and gardening started at a young age pottering about in my Grandmother's seaside garden and planting flowers with my Mother at home. It was during school holidays helping my Aunt who was a Florist, that my passion for flowers really developed. During my years in the Flower Industry I have grown my own flowers and used as much locally sourced, British grown flowers as possible for my floral work.
One day whilst sat round the kitchen table having a cup of tea (and eating biscuits) I was grumbling about how difficult it was to source good quality British grown garden Roses as cut flowers for my Floristry work and wedding flowers inparticular as I found that the imported Roses just didn't have that proper Rose fragrance. . After a bit of discussion I found a volunteer (my husband) to help me plant a couple dozen Rose plants in my flower plots for me to use for my flower business. We spent years growing trials of different varieties so that we could find the best, most fragrant Roses that gave the type of Rose flowers I was after.
They grew so well that the farmer/business side of my husband said "why don't we grow Roses on a much larger scale?"
So a patch of ground was chosen, the tractors came out, ploughing was done and here we are.... hundreds of Roses later!
Cath (and Mark)