Colin from the Dickson family
If you’re looking for someone in Northern Ireland to breed a very special rose there is one obvious candidate, Colin Dickson is the fifth generation of a family that has been breeding roses since 1879. That probably makes Dickson Roses, based in Newtownards, the oldest rose breeding family firm in the world.
So, it is no surprise that Colin was approached to produce the Northern Ireland Centenary Rose earlier this year. Thirty roses have been planted at Hillsborough Castle and more will be planted later this year at Buckingham Palace.