After baptizing a yellow rose in honor of Bernhard Arp Sindberg in 2014, last weekend, a statue of the Aarhus native was unveiled by Danish Queen Margrethe II in Marselisbourg Memorial Park, Aarhus, Denmark. The baptized rose of Danish Rose breeder Rosa Eskelund, named 'Nanjing Forever - the Sindberg Rose' is grown at the Bernhard Sindberg memorial.
Danish Queen Margrethe unveiled a statue of Bernard Arp Sindberg.
Cheers to Rosa and Anders Eskelund!
Sindberg might be little known in his home country, but in China, he is revered for his heroism. The 3-meter bronze statue is a gesture to commemorate Sindberg's humanitarian efforts in saving the lives of tens of thousands of Chinese civilians during the Nanjing Massacre of 1937-38. (Click here for more information on the story of Bernhard Arp Sindberg at chinadaily.com)
The yellow pot rose of Rosa Eskelund of Roses Forever was already baptized in honor of Bernard Sindberg when Chinese visitors came to the country in 2014. The rose is grown at the Bernhard Sindberg memorial, outside as garden rose at the Nanjing Memorial Hall, a place that honors the memory of Sindberg and the Chinese people he saved from the massacre.
The yellow roses here grown outdoors in the field in Denmark
Yellow is a symbol of courage
"It was a grandson of Bernard who back in 2014 asked for a Yellow rose", Rosa Eskelund explains. "The Chinese major from Nanjing was in Denmark at that time together with more people from Nanjing. They asked for a yellow rose to symbolize the friendship between China and Denmark and to honor Bernard Sinberg. He was a hero and Yellow is a symbol of courage."
Popular in China, growing popularity in Denmark
So far, the 'Nanjing Forever - the Sindberg Rose' is grown in China and Denmark. In a greenhouse, it can be grown like a normal pot rose and outdoors in the field, it can be grown as a garden rose. "The Nanjing Forever - Sindberg rose has big flowers and a wonderful fragrance", says Rosa. "Yellow is very popular in China and they all know Sindberg so this rose is very popular in China. In Denmark, the popularity for this rose is not so much yet, but it will grow." China is the biggest market for licence company Roses Forever owned by the Eskelund Family.