MAGGIE – Modern Shrub rose named for our very own Maggie Tabberer who is the patron of the Melanoma Foundation who receive the royalty payments from sales of this rose in Australia


Bred by Alain Meilland, Antibes, France, in 2001 this magnificent rose has all the style and flair, the resilience and beauty we love about Maggie Tabberer!

Maggie is delightfully feminine – the superb flowers are softly ruffled with masses of petals in rich, creamy white. During the cooler months, there is a distinct border of blush pink at the edge of the petals and there is a distinct soft, fruity fragrance which adds a romantic charm to this most beautiful rose.


This rose is tough with abundant, glossy and healthy foliage and would be suitable to plant as a border or rose hedge – each shrub will grow to 1.5mts high and at least 1mt wide and can be pruned mechanically.

Maggie flowers are wonderful for flower arrangements because the cluster of flowers will slowly open in the vase so that the ruffled petals can be enjoyed and this rose is a favourite of mine to use with the ‘Pearly Petals’ … so, so pretty!

  • Magnificent creamy white blooms with ruffled petals
  • Strong, resilient rose bush
  • Long flowering and delightful rose for flower arrangements
  • Royalty payments to Melanoma Foundation


The generally sunny, dry and hot conditions of the Australian garden are particularly well suited to planting roses and roses flourish in our gardens when you take measures to provide the following:

WATER – Roses are very deep rooted plants and require one good, deep soaking at least every 10 days in hot and dry conditions.

FEED – Because roses flower throughout all but the Winter season, they should be regularly fertilized with quality (preferably organic) fertilizer which contains a balance of major nutrients (NPK) and trace elements. The fertilizer should be applied at least once a month – small amount often – with fortnightly applications of liquid seaweed over the foliage.

PRUNE – During Winter, 70% of the rose plant should be pruned and all old wood removed back to the crown and the bush pruned to shape.
During the flowering seasons, 25% of all flowering stems should be cut back after flowering to encourage strong re-growth.

MULCH – Particular attention to application of lucerne or pea straw directly around the root-zone of each rose will enhance the overall health of the rose and then the whole bed should be mulched to 75mm with any other mulch medium available.

19 Replies to “MAGGIE – Modern Shrub rose named for our very own Maggie Tabberer who is the patron of the Melanoma Foundation who receive the royalty payments from sales of this rose in Australia”

  1. The Maggie rose is not only a beautiful shrub rose, but very hardy – if my experience is anything to go by. I purchased 3 healthy bare rooted Maggie roses this year only to find that after a few weeks, the possums had completed chewed off all the green bark on one of my Maggie roses. I was very upset! This was my first experience with those rascal possums! The next day I immediately phone Diana and ordered another one. I replaced the chewed Maggie rose with the new one and found a quiet place for the chewed one. I continued to look after the chewed Maggie as per Dianna & Graham’s fantastic advice (you know the drill…if you read Rose Rambler which I love) Imagine my amazement weeks later to find shoots growing on my chewed rose! It is now taking on a beautiful shrub rose shape! Incredible! This rose stands in honour of all melanoma survivors because it is a true survivor!!

    1. Thanks Rebekah … lovely story to share with all rose gardeners! Never underestimate the determination of the rose to survive!!! Enjoy the flowers this season … Diana

    2. I am so much enjoying this story. Would you perhaps know if I could find this rose called Maggie in South Africa. My manager is retirering next year after 43 years service as a social worker working in hospitals. She adores roses. I desperately would like to get her this rose because it signifies her strong and loving character and because she is called Maggie by name. Can you help me please.

      1. Hello … can I suggest that you contact one of Ludwig Taschner’s Rose Nurseries and ask to be in contact with Ludwig as he will know what the rose we call MAGGIE here in Australia is called in South Africa. The rose was bred by MEILLAND, FRANCE and I would be almost 100% sure that Ludwig knows the rose and probably sells it. Doesn’t matter that it doesn’t have the name we know it as … just another thought, if time permits, I could post you a plant label of MAGGIE if Ludwig can provide the plant … let me know how you go – please remain in contact is easier … cheers – Diana

  2. I am very interested in your “Maggie” rose as a memorial to a dear friend. I would like to know the price, delivery etc of both the shrub and climber types. Looking forward to your reply,, Ann-Marie.

    1. No climber of MAGGIE just a magnificent shrub – cost $21.50 plus pack/post if in Australia $21.50 – we cannot ship outside Australia … cheers

        1. Here, the rose is named for a famous editor/fashion icon, MAGGIE TABBERER so it won’t have the same name in the US but if you search deeply enough – some say on you might be able to trace the breeding which will also tell you what name this magnificent rose has in the US. Good luck and your search will be worthwhile! Cheers … Diana

    1. You might request MEILLAND in France what the name of the rose is in Scotland – it’s their rose and came to Australia with a code and because it performed well in our climate, was named here as MAGGIE for MAGGIE TABBERER who was Editor of Australian Women’s Weekly for many years!

      Another thought – there is a rose supplier/nursery in England which offers roses that you can name what YOU want! Not sure of the name but would be worth researching … best wishes Diana

      1. Hi Diana

        Thank you for the link, but I don’t think you deliver to the UK (South Wales) as I was unable to purchase the item.

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