Danish rose breeder Roses Forever scooped a gold medal and a certificate at the annual Nyon International Rose Trials, that were held in Switzerland on June 20. A gold medal went to The Matador Plant’n’Relax and a certificate to Royal Diva Plant’n’Relax.
The Matador Plant’n’Relax and Royal Diva Plant’n’Relax
The Nyon International Trials are the only trials held in Switzerland and they are the first to have introduced in their regulations the notion of 'zero spraying'. This year, 88 varieties from 27 breeders in 13 different countries were in the competition. It is open to rose breeders, aims to promote new roses intended to embellish public and private gardens in strict respect of the environment and the regulations of the World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS).
The development and vigour of the plants, the abundance of flowering, the natural resistance to pest and disease as well as the decorative aspect and scent of the flowers were the main criteria that were taken into consideration. Practical demonstrations, conferences and visits enables the general public, both adults and children, to come closer to the varieties.
The varieties presented at the Nyon International Rose Trials were grown according to professional standards in terms of fertilization and watering. The soil pH was ~7 and no treatment was carried out to combat possible pest or disease attacks. The varieties were rated by 2 juries; a permanent jury of local specialists carried out at least 4 evaluations of the varieties submitted, using the WFRS evaluation sheet and an international jury composed of specialists, personalities and members of the permanent jury will evaluated the varieties presented at the trials on the day of the competition, using the WFRS evaluation sheet. The prizes were awarded according to the WFRS and the decisions taken by the 2 juries are not subject to appeal.
The Matador Plant’n’Relax
A Golden Medal in the category Floribunda Roses, was won by Roses Forever's The Matador Plant’n’Relax, also known in Denmark under the name Lise Nørgaard, a famous Scandinavian writer who baptized the rose in 2016. The Matador is a floribunda bed rose with a lot of flowers that are blooming from summer till late autumn. Breeder Rosa Eskelund is honored about winning the prize. "We already knew that it was a healthy variety, but it is great that it is now also proven."
Royal Diva Plant’n’Relax and Fru Nørby (right) and rose breeder Rosa Eskelund (left) at the baptism of Royal Diva Plant’n’Relax
In the category T. Hybrid rose, Roses Forever also received a certificate for Royal Diva Plant’n’Relax also known in Denmark under the name Fru Nørby, a famous actor in Scandinavia, who also baptized the rose. This rose was also awarded in Baden-Baden in Germany 2019 and in Denmark 2019. "It is a very healthy T. Hybrid rose with a wonderful fragrance", says Eskelund.
The International Rose Trials in Nyon is an annual event jointly organized by the Rose and Horticultural Society of French speaking Switzerland, the Department of Green Spaces and Forests of the Town of Nyon / Switzerland and the Rose Friends of Nyon Association.