AMERICUS, GA. Nov. 21, 2002 – Jackson & Perkins, the world’s largest rose grower, has introduced its second Habitat for Humanity Rose, an orange-apricot floribunda.
The newest rose is the second in a series of three roses celebrating the work of Habitat for Humanity International. Ten percent of the net sales of the rose will benefit the organization.
The plant grows 4 feet tall, has a light-sweet fragrance and produces profuse, 4-inch blooms. It will be available only through Jackson & Perkins through the spring of 2003, after which the third and final rose in the series will be introduced.
“Habitat for Humanity was created not only to build homes but also to build hope for people,” said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International, when the rose series was unveiled. “This line of Jackson & Perkins roses represents the hope we provide and the love and help we extend to people through Habitat for Humanity.”
Nancy Tait, president and CEO of Jackson & Perkins, said, “We are proud to honor Habitat for Humanity International because it has done so much for so many people.”
The new Habitat for Humanity rose joins a growing list of cause-related Jackson & Perkins roses, including the Ronald and Nancy Reagan roses, Veterans’ Honor, Our Lady of Guadalupe and Diana, Princess of Wales.
The Habitat for Humanity roses are available exclusively through Jackson & Perkins by calling (800) 292-4769, by visiting http://www.jacksonandperkins.com/ , and through nurseries and garden centers that carry Jackson & Perkins roses.
Jackson & Perkins is the nation’s largest producer of patented roses. The company was founded in 1872, and in 1939 became the country’s first mail-order nursery. Today it sells not only roses but also bulbs, ornamental plants, bushes, trees, home-gardening accessories and gift plants through its catalogs as well as on the worldwide Web. The company is a subsidiary of Bear Creek Corporation, based in Medford, Oregon.
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 3,000 communities in 87 nations have built and sold more than 125,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.