WFRS Regional Convention

June 11-14, 2017
Ljubljana, Slovenia

[Hosted by Društvo Ljubiteljev Vrtnic Slovenije (Slovenian Rose Society)]


Sun. June 11, 2017 10:00-18:00 Registration
  16:00-17:00 Ljubljana City Tour
  19:00-20:00 Welcome address by the Mayor of Ljubljana (patio of the City Hall)
  20:30-21:45 Evening visit to the Rose Garden in Tivoli Park
Mon. June 12, 2017 9:00-9:05 Formal opening of the WFRS Regional Convention
  9:05-9:30 Lecture:
"The Role of the World Federation of Rose Societies" - (Kelvin Trimper)
  9:30-10:00 Lecture:
"Omnis amans amens - tribute to roses, introductory lecture" - (Matjaž Kmecl)
  10:00-10:45 Lecture:
"An Overview of Central and East European Roses in Europa Rosarium Sangerhausen" - (Helle Brumme)
  10:45-11:00 Coffee break
  11:00-11:45 Lecture:
"The Rose Garden in Baden near Vienna, Austria" - (Gerhard Weber)
  11:45-12:15 Lecture:
"Bourbon Roses Finally Meet the Bourbons in Kostanjevica, Slovenia" - (Edi Prošt)
  12:15-12:45 Lecture:
"Symbolism of Roses in Paintings of Slovenian and European Artists in the National Gallery in Ljubljana" - (Olga Pavlič)
  12:45-13:00 Invitation to the May 2019 Regional Convention in Nanyang, Henan Province, China
  13:00-14:00 Lunch break
  15:30-18:30 Tour1:
Cruise on the Ljubljana river tourist boat, visit to the University Botanic Gardens (please register beforehand)
  15:30-18:30 Optional Tour 2:
Trip to Postojna Cave (charged separately)
  19:00-21:00 WFRS Executive board meeting
Tues. June 13, 2017 8:30-9:00

Bus transfer to Volčji Potok

  9:15-9:20 Greetings by Mr. A. Ocepek, Director of the Volčji Potok Arboretum
  9:20-10:00 Lecture:
"Roses of Rudolf Geschwind" - (Vanlentina Schmitzer)
  10:00-10:30 Lecture:
"Rose Countess Maria Henrietta Chotek" - (Alena Kratka)
  10:30-11:00 Lecture:
"The Shine of the Heir-to-the-Throne Rose Garden in Konipiště (Vladimir Vremec)
  11:00-11:15 Coffee break
  11:15-12:00 Lecture:
"Rose Gardens and Rose Breeders in the Czech Republic" - (Stanislav Konštacky)
  12:00-12:30 Lecture:
"Hungarian Roses and Research Activities in Rose Garden Budatétény, Budapest" - (Gabor Boronkay)
  12:30-13:00 Lecture:
to be confirmed
  13:00-13:15 Invitation to the January 2020 Regional Convention in Kolkata, India
  13:15-19:00 Optional Tour:
Trip to the Rose Garden Valdoltra (Slovenia) and the San Giovanni Rose Garden in Trieste, Italy. Includes lunch. (charged separately)
  13:15-14:15 Lunch
  14:15-15:00 Transfer by bus from Volčji Potok to Ljubljana, free afternoon
Wed. June 14, 2017 8:30-9:00 Bus transfer to Volčji Potok
  9:15-10:00 Lecture:
"Rose Breeding in Crimea" - (Zinaida Klimenko)
  10:00-10:30 Lecture:
"Roses in Poland" - (Lukasz Rojewski)
  10:30-11:00 Lecture:
"Diversity of Wild Roses in Slovenia" - (Jože Bavcon & Blanaka Ravnjak)
  11:00-11:15 Coffee break
  11:15-11:45 Lecture:
"Roses in Ukraine" - (Olga Tkačuk)
  11:45-12:15 Lecture:
"Roses in Serbia and the Rose Garden of the Royal Serbian Rose Society" - (Radoslav Petrović)
  12:15-12:45 Lecture:
"Traditional Use of Roses in Greece" - (Damianos Constantinou)
  12:45-13:15 Invitation to the 18th World Rose Convention in Copenhagen, Denmark, June 28 - July 4, 2018
  13:15-16:00 Picnic in the Rose Garden of Volčji Potok Arboretum
  14:30-19:00 Tour1:
Trip to the medieval town of Kamnik, Alpine valley Kamniška Bistrica, and Velika Planina mountain (please register beforehand)
  14:30-19:00 Tour 2:
Excursion to natural sites of wild roses (please register beforehand)
  16:00-16:30 Transfer by bus from Volčji Potok to Ljubljana
  20:00-22:00 Closing Ceremony & Farewell Dinner (charged separately)

Registration Fees:
Early Bird - to November 30, 2016 250 Euros
Regular - to March 30, 2017 270 Euros
Late - to May 15, 2017 310 Euros
Note: 50 Euro discount for eastern European countries, members of the WFRS

Pre-Convention Tour - June 8-11, 2017:

Features Lake Bled (a renowned alpine resort), Lipica Stud Farm, the Škocjan Caves (a UNESCO Heritage Site), the coastal towns of Izola and Portorož, Miramare Castle and gardens (Trieste, Italy), the rose garden in Friuli, Italy, the countryside of Istria, Croatia and the resort town of Opatija, Croatia.

Post-Convention Tour - June 15-18, 2017

Features the Rose Garden of the Botanical Gardens in Maribor, the wine growing region of Styria and Vienna, Austria with its rose gardens.

For more information or to register, please go to
OR contact Mrs. Breda Copi