C & K Jones have been loving and living roses in Tarvin for over 30 years. Nationally and internationally renowned in the rose industry, brothers Keith and Chris Jones began growing roses in 1979 in Pen-yfforrd and moved to their permanent home in Barrow lane in Tarvin in 1982. Keith worked with Chris at Bees in Chester as a teenager propagating roses. Then, young free and single, the brothers went on their travels, budding at rose nurseries in Germany, Denmark and New-Zealand.
Keith with his wealth of knowledge, keen eye for quality and fierce attention to detail is well known among rose growers worldwide. The beautiful golden climber shown here is named in tribute to Chris, who died suddenly from a heart attack at age 41. C&K Jones donate £1.50 to the British Heart Foundation for each "Chris" rose they sell through their retail business, helping to fund the fight against Coronary Heart Disease. Friend and rose breeder of 25 years, Gordon Kirkham, has hybridised this everlasting memory to Chris.
Rachael and Keith married in 2004, and continue to run a thriving mail order business. Roses have also got under Rachael's skin! Patience and a good tolerance of bad weather isn't all you need to be an award-winning rose specialist. She is a true talent at floral displays, winning many awards. The latest two, a gold medal at Harrogate
Spring Flower Show ( see photograph) and silver gilt at Malvern Festival. As if preparing roses with Keith isn't enough, Rachael rears sheep, pigs and keeps rescued battery hens, selling eggs and meat from the nursery.
This bank holiday, Monday 28 May, Rachel and Keith will be at the Stonyford Cottage Gardens Plant Fair, Stoneyford Lane, Oakmere, Northwich, CW8 2TF, where there is also a Tea Room and open gardens to look around. Rachel & Keith look forward to seeing you there!