HILLEGOM, Netherlands: Boskoop’s Royal Horticultural Society (KVBC) honours eleven roses with Certificate of Excellence.
Since 2017, Boskoop’s Royal Horticultural Society (KVBC) has been judging gardens roses and awarding them with the Certificate of Excellence. Excellence Roses is a Dutch/Belgium mark of quality and to qualify for it a rose must combine exceptional beauty with excellent health and reliability. Excellence Roses are also committed to sustainability as they can be grown without using any crop protection products.
Each potential Excellence Rose is on trial for three years with rose trial gardens situated in Winschoten (rosarium Winschoten), Boskoop (Rosarium Boskoop), Destelbergen (Belgium-based research institute for ornamental horticulture Destelbergen) and Lottum (Rozenhof Lottum).
Receiving recognition for excellent rose breeding was Interplant for the tea hybrid ‘Borneo Odore’.
Belgian rose breeder Viva International and German rose breeder Kordes received Excellence certificates for their floribunda rose ‘La Belle Rouge’, and climbing rose ‘Florentina’, floribunda rose ‘MärchenZauber, ground-cover rose ‘Summer of Love’ and tea hybrid ‘Sunny Sky’ respectively.
Tantau earned Excellence recognition for its tea hybrid ‘Maxim’ and Belgium breeder Lens for its shrub rose ‘Gaard um Titzebierg’.
Shrub rose ‘Light Pink Valeda/’Street Dance’ , submitted by De Ruiter Innovations/Boot&Dart Boomkwekerijen, floribunda rose ‘Mira Red’ from Marco Braun and shrub rose ‘Spinnaker Amorina from De Ruiter Innovations/Boot&Dart Boomkwekerijen also received Excellence accolades.
For the upcoming season, 20 new garden roses from 7 breeders will be planted for trialing in Boskoop, Lottum, Winschoten, Mechelen (Belgium) and Merksplas (Belgium).
While Excellence Roses certification is an important consideration when choosing a supplier, the end-consumer ultimately enjoys the benefits.
Excellence Roses is an initiative of the Culture Group for Roses and Rootstocks, with its secretariat running under the Dutch industry body Anthos.