The Roseraie de Bagatelle at Paris, the Roseraie du Parc de la Tête d’Or at Lyon, the Roseraie Jean Dupont and the Roseraie du Miroir du Parc de la Source at Orléans, the Roseraie de Saverne at Saverne, but also rose gardens in other countries like the Roseto botanico Carla Fineschi at Cavriglia in Italy...
Designed and laid out by Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier, parks and gardens registrar for the city of Paris, the Roseraie de Bagatelle was officially opened in 1907. Architectural elements used by Edouard André at the Roseraie du Val-de-Marne (formerly known as the Roseraie de L’Haÿ) can be found there such as the pergola, chains, towers, etc. The owner of the Roseraie de L’Haÿ, Jules Gravereaux, played a key role himself as inspirer and scientific and technical adviser, organising the plantations and offering the first 1,500 planted roses.
Jules Gravereaux also decided to set aside the central beds of the rose garden for presenting the newest plants to the public. This concept quickly turned into a “rose competition”, where amateurs had the chance to admire the new breeds obtained by professionals in the form of roses cultivated for one season in the ground and open air of the garden. Jules Gravereaux was entrusted by J.C.N. Forestier with organising the first competition in 1907.
The competition has been in constant evolution ever since and the creation of a second competition led to the establishment of another rose garden devoted to landscape roses (roses which are more resistant to disease and bad weather, with a real decorative effect)...
Parc de Bagatelle
Route de Sèvres à Neuilly et allée de Longchamp
Bois de Boulogne
Tel : 0033 (0) 18.104.22.168.82.
Fax : 0033 (0) 22.214.171.124.32.
Website : www.paris.fr/portail/Parcs/Portal.lut ?page_id=4973&document_type_id=5&document_id=8096&portlet_id=10667
Inaugurated in 1964 by Princess Grace de Monaco and Mr Louis Pradel, the Mayor of Lyon, this international rose garden reminds us of the key role that Lyon and its region have to play in the history of the rose.
Varieties of most international breeders are on display there, even if pride of place is given to the varieties of regional breeders.
Of landscape design, unlike most other rose gardens which tend to be French-style, its curvaceous layout is ideal for visitors to stroll and explore. Its five hectares offer visitors a panorama of the rose world.
It includes 60,000 roses representing the 320 most common varieties in France and abroad.
Representatives of the Roseraie du Val-de-Marne make up the jury at the rose competition organised by the Tête d’Or.
Parc de la Tête d’Or
Tel : 0033 (0) 126.96.36.199.60.
Fax : 0033 (0) 188.8.131.52.09.
Websites : www.lyon.fr/vdl/sections/fr/environnement/les_roseraies_de_lyo
The Roseraie Jean Dupont is located not far from Saint-Marceau Church in an area where horticultural tradition has left its mark. It presents roses created by breeders from Orléans since 1819. This collection, a symbol of the history of Orléans roses, shelters 189 varieties and reflects one of the most beautiful aspects of the city’s gardening heritage today. Countless roses with evocative names such as “Belle d’Orléans”, “Orléans Rose” and “Jeanne d’Arc” were originally cultivated here.
Roseraie Jean Dupont
Parc Léon Chenault
Tel : 0033 (0) 184.108.40.206.26.
The Roseraie du Miroir du Parc de la Source offers a rich collection of 800 rose varieties planted on the basis of lovers’ vocabulary and colour associations. The white garden symbolises innocence and instinct, the pink garden expresses romantic sentiment and the red garden is a hymn to passionate love. Here, the rose is wild, originating from China or mediaeval times.
As part of their partnership with the Roseraie du Val-de-Marne, both these Orléans rose gardens exchange plants and work together on Orléans varieties.
La Société Alsacienne et Lorraine des Amis des Roses met tout en oeuvre pour que Saverne demeure la ville des roses et que la roseraie garde sa réputation internationale (concours international de roses nouvelles).
D’une superficie de 1,5 ha, la collection compte environ 8000 rosiers répartis en quelques 550 variétés anciennes et nouvelles. Ouverte de fin mai à fin septembre, le visiteur peut admirer ces merveilles de la nature, la délicatesse des fleurs et s’enivrer de leur parfum .
En pleine restructuration depuis 2004, les membres de l’association assurent un chaleureux accueil aux touristes et amateurs de roses en leur proposant visites guidées et produits à la rose.
Toujours très apprécié : le petit déjeuner à la roseraie dès 8h du matin...
Saverne Cité des Roses
Société Alsacienne et Lorraine des Amis des Roses
67701 Saverne Cedex
- Accueil du jardin : 03.88.71.83.33.
- Association (valable toute l’année) : 03.88.71.21.33.
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Site : www.roseraie-saverne.fr
The Roseto botanico Carla Fineschi di Cavriglia is an italian rose garden, located in the city of Cavriglia.
It was created in1967 on initiative of Professeur Gianfranco Fineschi, member of the Faculty of medicine of the Catholic University of Rome. Its goal has always been to acquire appropriate examples from he genus Rosa, and to organize them taxonomically, according to a precise scheme. Today, the roseto has more than 8000 cultivars.
The roseto presents these roses in a historical context, in several big groups :
- the "wild" roses : species acquired from all over the world.
- the antique roses : roses cultivated through history by man.
- the hybrids : roses bred and introduced from the late 1800’s until the present time.
The roseto di Cavriglia was named Carla Fineschi in the honor of the wife of Professor Gianfranco Fineschi : she a took an active part in the development of the garden.
Roseto botanico Carla Fineschi
52022 Cavriglia (AR)
Tel : 00.39 (0)220.127.116.11
Fax : 00.39 (0)18.104.22.1681
Email : email@example.com
Its remit :
- Organise discussions at the national level on genetic resources and implement the subsequent national strategy
- Promote research on genetic resources and foster the transfer of knowledge
- Inform and communicate
- Provide the interface between French and international systems dealing with genetic resources.
The Roseraie du Val-de-Marne is in contact with the BRG through the Société Française des Roses (French Rose Society). They work together on management methods and funding.
The INRA centre in Angers is at the heart of a plant unit production area combining research, further education and companies, known as an international Competitiveness Cluster.
It seeks to be an international reference in applied biology to specialist plant products, particularly in the field of ornamental and urban gardening, fruit cultivation, seeds, vineyards and wine.
Its research themes include the study and improvement of cultivated plants, from genetic diversity to the creation of varieties, from the agronomics of ornamental cultivation to the physiology of seeds and phytopathogenic studies.
The Roseraie du Val-de-Marne and INRA centre in Angers have joined forces to enable their genetic and phenotypical knowledge on genetic resources of roses in l’Haÿ-les-Roses to grow reciprocally.
Research centre of Angers
42 rue Georges Morel
49071 Beaucouzé cedex
Tel : 0033 (0) 2 41 22 56 00
Fax : 0033 (0) 2 41 22 56 05
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Website : www.angers.inra.fr/
The hub of the French collections network
Created in 1896 in Lyon, the birthplace of so-called modern roses, this society gathers together rose enthusiasts and professionals.
Its activities include :
- Organising the Concours International de Roses Nouvelles (International Competition of New Roses) in Lyon which takes place every June ;
- Actively supporting the ALTERA ROSA event in Avignon, which enables rose enthusiasts, professionals and the general public to meet ;
- Taking part in the Biennale de la rose Parfumée (Biennal Event of Perfumed Roses) in Nantes ;
- The participation of several members in juries for French and European Competitions ;
- Publishing an annual luxury review called Les Amis des Roses ;
- Informing its members of events devoted to the rose as far as possible…
Membership newsletter (Ref-VM) on request. Annual membership costs :
- Classic : €22
- Professional : €40
- Association : €40
- Benefactor : from €40
- Foreign : €40
Société Française des Roses
Parc de la Tête d’Or
69459 LYON CEDEX 06
Tel : 0033 (0) 4.74.94.04.36
Fax : 0033 (0) 22.214.171.124.16
Email : email@example.com
Every year, hundreds of plant varieties and species disappear from our horticultural heritage for good, whether it concerns wild species that are gravely endangered today by the destruction of biotopes, or cultivated varieties obtained by the age-old work of horticulturists. The CCVS, created in 1992 on the initiative of a few scientists and keen amateurs, is committed to gathering together all those who want to put a stop to this trend.
It therefore works with all public and private plant collection owners (nurserypeople, horticulturists, parks and gardens departments, etc.) and, as a first step, lists then assesses the major French plant collections of botanical or horticultural vocation, by giving them a label. It has created two levels of recognition for this purpose :
“Collection nationale CCVS (National Collection CCVS/CN)” : this is attributed to a collection of national interest which satisfies criteria of excellence during its assessment. It must be widely representative of the chosen theme, through its composition in particular.
“Collection agréée CCVS (Accredited Collection CCVS/CA)” : this is attributed to a collection that still has some way to go in developing its chosen theme, or in which certain elements relating to its cultivation methods, management or sustainability are not yet adequate enough to obtain the “Collection nationale CCVS” label.
The CCVS also offers support to collectors for solving problems over the current management of their collection (regulations, determination, cultivation advice, bibliography, etc.) and may lend a helping hand in transmitting collections. Lastly, it contributes to enhancing all associate collections by distributing scientific information about them, particularly among the general public.
To give people a clearer picture of its ideas and action, the CCVS publishes a review every quarter called Hommes & plantes (People and Plants) which combines collectors’ accounts with scientific articles and reports on plants in their biotype or in collections, in France and abroad. It also publishes an annual directory of labelled collections.
Conservatoire des Collections Végétales Spécialisées
84 rue de Grenelle
Tel : 0033 (0) 1 44 39 78 84
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org