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Listing last updated on 13 Jul 2023.
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The Harkness firm was founded in 1879 in Bedale, Yorks, by two brothers, John Harkness 1857-1933 and Robert Harkness 1851-1920.
William Ernest Harkness 1888- December 1959 (son of Robert).
HARKNESS, Peter (son of William) See also Authors: Peter Harkness.
HARKNESS, Jack Leigh June 29, 1918-1994. [grandson of John) See also Authors/Breeders: Jack Harkness.
HARKNESS, Robert 1951-2012 (son of Jack)
HARKNESS, Phillip (son of Jack)
[From The Makers of Heavenly Roses, 1985, pp. 161 ff:] R. Harkness & Co ...was owned by William Ernest Harkness, first cousin of my father. ...After the army finally brought itself to dispensing with his services, he became landlord of the Raven, a village pub at Hexton, near Hitchin. His purpose was to grow roses by day and earn some money from beer by night, until such time as he could start his own nursery....Bill bought the name and the list of customers [of his father's nursery]....He died in December 1959.
[From Heirloom Old Garden Roses Year 2000 Catalog, p. 20-21:] 90,000 trial roses are grown for assessment each year. In 1996 'Living Easy' became the second Harkness variety to secure on of the worlds' most important commercial awards -- the All-America Rose Selection -- following the highly successful 'Amber Queen'... [ For the Year 2000,] Heirloom Roses is the exclusive introducer of Harkness's English Legend Roses in the United States.
[From Roll Call: The Old Rose Breeder, p. 227:]
[Robert] Harkness & Company
Robert Harkness, 1851-1920
1972 The Rose Bulletin, Autumn
p5". Personal Profile. John Leigh Harkness. Born 29 June 1918.....
1974 The Rose Annual, UK.
p74. Nigel Raban. The Men Behind the New Roses. Jack L. Harkness.