In 2015, the amazing women from our Breast Cancer Now Sutton Coldfield Group saw their idea to create a 'Time To Live' rose come into bloom. Read their story and find out where you can buy your very own Breast Cancer Now rose.

The Time to Live Rose was launched in 2015 by the Sutton Coldfield Breast Cancer Now group. For every rose plant sold, £1 is donated to Breast Cancer Now. 

This beautiful pink rose is perfect to plant in your own garden to add a touch of colour or alternatively is a lovely gift for a friend or relative.

Buy a Time to Live rose

The Time to Live rose story

Time to Live Rose

In the summer of 2014, the Sutton Coldfield Breast Cancer Now group sadly lost close friend and group member Aileen, 44, to breast cancer. Keeping her memory alive, Julie Robinson, chair of the group, decided that they would buy a rose for her husband at their local garden centre, Halls of Sutton Coldfield.

Group member Jean Davies suggested that it would be wonderful if they could create and name a rose for Breast Cancer Now, so Julie asked David Hall at the garden centre, for his help.

Their idea soon became reality when David made contact with Nick Molesworth of Nursery Fresh Plants in Spalding, Lincolnshire. 

Nick’s time spent learning about and growing roses with his late father Peter Molesworth, meant he was able to help and so the ‘Time to Live’, a strongly scented pink hybrid tea rose, was born.

It was decided that 7,000 roses would be grown in by autumn 2015, with Nursery Fresh kindly offering to donate £1 from every rose sold.

TV and radio presenter Nicki Chapman was on hand to champion the rose at the official launch at the National Plant Show in June 2015, alongside Jean Davies, Julie Robinson and Janet White from our Sutton Coldfield Group. Nicki has lost two good friends to breast cancer and so the cause is very close to her heart. You can watch a video of Nicki speaking at the event here.

Find a stockist

Within the first morning of the show all 7,000 roses were sold and most garden centres offered to match Nursery Fresh’s £1 donation. Nursery Fresh has arranged for a further 30,000 rose bushes to be grown and available for autumn 2016 onwards.

Many garden centres are now stocking the rose, you can find a stockist near you by visiting the Nursery Fresh website

If you can’t see a centre near you listed, do contact your local garden centre as they may be able to order the rose for you.

Buy online

You can also purchase the Time to Live Rose online. Visit GardenSite's online shop to find out more


The Sutton Coldfield Breast Cancer Now group would like to say a big thank you to Halls Garden Site and Nursery Fresh Plants for helping to bring this brilliant idea into bud. We look forward to watching it blossom year on year in memory of all our loved ones.