welcome - Brigid Quest-Ritson

CHAIR CONSERVATION AND HERITAGE COMMITTEE

If you believe in conserving the diversity of the world of plants pause to reflect on the rose.

In the wild, it exists in different species all around the Northern Hemisphere – but not in the Southern.   In its cultivated forms it has been grown and cherished since ancient times wherever people have settled.

Roses have been grown for their beauty as plants and as an economic crop, for cut flowers and for medicinal, edible and cosmetic purposes.  Old roses, rare roses, whether cultivars or wild species, are unique genetic resources of potential value in the present and the future.  They also embody part of our cultural heritage.  We cannot afford to dismiss them casually as of little value in modern times.

Heritage has different meanings, in rose terms, around the world.  It can mean preserving and growing roses bred in your country in the past.  It can mean protecting areas where wild roses grow naturally.  It may involve restoring a garden once-famous for its roses that has been neglected.  It can mean cherishing a single bush that originally came from the other side of the world when a family resettled in a different country.

The Conservation & Heritage Committee of the WFRS was formed to bring together members of the various national Rose Societies who believe in preserving and learning about this precious legacy.  Every three years there is an international Heritage Rose convention organised by a Member Society: the next will be in Belgium in June 2020.  We publish an on-line newsletter twice a year, in March and September.  It is available on this site to anyone one who shares this interest.

Over the next few months we plan to expand the section on this website about on-line sources of information that are of use and interest both to rose enthusiasts and to the general public.  Meanwhile, welcome to our website – and please remember… there is no such thing as a bad rose.

Brigid Quest-Ritson

SANGERHAUSEN DATABASE

The Europa-Rosarium is a genebank, a living museum that impressively presents the developmental history of the rose from the wild rose to the modern rose

GUIDE TO USING THE SANGERHAUSEN DATABASE

Europa-Rosarium Sangerhausen is the biggest collection of roses in the world.  Their main site is

The Europa-Rosarium is only available in German language.

 

If you look on the home page, and click on Die Rosen in the red band, it brings up a menu on the left side.  Click again on Internet-Rosendatenbank and at the bottom right of the page that comes up click on zur Sangerhäuser Rosen-Datenbank and you can search among their collections.  It is open-access.

https://europa-rosarium.de/

Download all of the editions of the newsletter of the WFRS Conservation and Heritage Group.

Edition 6 - march 2011

latest edition:

Edition 8 - july 2012

Edition 9 - january 2013

Edition 10 - December 2013

Edition 11 - april 2014

Edition 12- july 2015

HELP ME FIND - ROSES

This website is a wonderful resource for researching all roses.

HELP ME FIND - ROSE SEARCH RESOURCE

OLD ROSE HALL OF FAME

The world's favourite roses are chosen by popular vote in the member countries of the World Federation of Rose Societies and announced at World Rose Conventions.

OLD ROSE HALL OF FAME ROSES

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