the winners of The 10th Grand Prix de la rose SNHF, unveiled last may 31 in the park of the Tuileries at the show Gardens, garden,crowned ‘Olivia rose Austin’, a splendid rose bush created by David Austin.

In the opinion of its creator, this variety is of medium size, vigorous and uplifting, is one of the most resistant of his collection to various diseases (black spot, powdery mildew, etc.). In addition, the pink flowers are intensely scented to evoke the old-fashioned roses, very double and divided into quarters.

“For ten years, we were expecting a French rose,” says Janic Gourlet, president of the section Roses of the SNHF who believes they are all the same “delighted” that David Austin has won: “excellent image of this great rosiériste English will undoubtedly affect our Prices”.

The national jury, composed of representatives of the horticultural sector and the media, including your humble servant, was also awarded 5 first prizes for the following varieties:

• ‘Rokoko’ of the breeder German Tantau in category “bush to flower grouped”,

• ‘Countess Diana’ Kordes/Globe Plant in the category of “shrub with large flowers”,

• ‘to ‘ Volare’ by Michel Adam in the category of “sarmenteux”,

• ‘Tourmaline’ Nurseries and rose gardens Georges Delbard in the “landscape” category,

• ‘Candela’ by Tantau in the category of “ground covers”.

A favorite of the jury has also been attributed to the rosier landscape ‘Tenere’ Francis ‘Felix’. Finally, for the ten years of the Grand prix, ‘Rosiere de France’, a shrub with large flowers created by Michel Adam, has received the price of the perfume.

All of these flowers are presented in the slide show attached to this article.

Seven test sites

The Grand prize of the rose of the national Society of horticulture of France, aims to reward the roses the most beautiful, the most resistant to diseases and better adapted to the different contexts of pedo-climatic conditions of France. The varieties distinguished allow amateur gardeners to satisfy their passion with the best guarantees of success possible, regardless of the place of planting of the rose bush.

To judge, the roses in competition are tested on seven sites (Annecy, Bordeaux, l’haÿ-les-Roses, Marseille, Montpellier, Nancy and Rennes), which are representative of different climatic zones of France. They are grown without phytosanitary treatments and receive a few nutrient inputs.

Only the varieties placed on the market for less than five years old can participate. Each breeder may submit up to three varieties per edition in the following categories: a bush with large flowers (BGF), a bush with flowers clustered (BFG), ground covers (CS), miniature (MIN), landscape (PAY) and sarmenteux (SX). This year, no prize was awarded in the category “miniature”.

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The competing plants are observed and evaluated by 70 specialists and amateurs for 2 years for the BGF, BFG, CS and MIN 3 years for the SX and PAY. All at different key periods: the beginning of flowering, full bloom, and the rise of flowering, the end of the season.

The assessments are based on several criteria: quality of the flower and of the rose, the flowering and withering, floridity., vegetation, health, fragrance and charm. The examiners also rely on the observations of the gardeners for what is characteristics of vegetative plants.

Finally, a variety of award-winning since 2008, the launch date of the Grand prize, are grown on several prestigious sites such as the Jardin des Plantes in Paris, the park of Enghien-les-Bains, cour d’honneur of the departmental council of Hauts-de-Seine and the domain of the Château du Rivau (Indre-et-Loire), where visitors can see all these champions in full bloom, as is the case at this time.


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