"Roses Noves" International Contest

The 18th Barcelona International New Roses Competition takes place from 11 to 13 May in the Parc de Cervantes' Rose Garden.

To mark the flowering season for roses, Barcelona City Council is organising the Barcelona International New Roses Competition, which takes place in the Parc de Cervantes Rose Garden (Avinguda Diagonal 708-716. Barcelona).

This is a competition for plant breeders and cultivators of new species of roses, with an activities programme for everyone that includes floral art, food displays and concerts performed by the Barcelona Municipal Band and the Cobla de Sant Jordi.

The Barcelona International New Rose Competition was founded in 2001 to promote the rose garden and raise its public profile, faithful to the Barcelona rose tradition that dates back to the early decades of the last century.

A section specially reserved for prize-winning roses from each edition of the competition has received considerable international acclaim. The roses entered in the competition have been created by plant breeders by crossing existing species. They are therefore varieties never seen by the public before and not yet marketed.


Barcelona Roses Noves International Contest Awards

The flowers awarded prizes in the 2018 edition by the International Jury, Master Perfumers and Associations can be consulted on this link.

The Barcelona International New Roses Competition awards prizes in an Official Category (awarded by the International Jury and a Standing Committee) as well as those offered by associations and the public.

Official category: prizes awarded by the International Jury and the Standing Committee:

  • Prize for the best grandiflora tea hybrid rose shrub
  • Prize for the best floribunda-Polyantha rose shrub
  • Prize for the best miniature rose shrub
  • Prize for the best creeping rose bush
  • Prize for the best landscape rose shrub
  • Prize for the best climbing rose shrub
  • Special “Barcelona” prize for the rose shrub with the highest score (from among 6 previous categories)

Prizes awarded by associations and the public

  • Associació d'Amics dels Jardins prize for the best fragrance
  • Asociación Española de la Rosa prize for best flower
  • Asociación Española de Parques y Jardines Públicos for the most robust rose shrub
  • Prize for the most novel rose, awarded by the Associació d’Amics de les Roses de Sant Felip de Llobregat
  • School Roses Prize (Escola Castell de Sant Foix, Escola Mare de Déu de Montserrat and Escola de Jardineria “Rubió i Tudurí”).
  • Elderly People's Rose Prize, awarded by the Barcelona Consell de la Gent Gran de Barcelona [Barcelona Elderly People's Council].
  • Public Rose Prize (voted for by visitors to the park during the days of the competition)

Prizes in the official section of the competition are awarded by the Jury and a Standing Committee. The International Jury is made up of professionals from the world of gardening and rose shrubs, as well as creators from other disciplines, and its members vary every year.

The Committee is made up of local professionals and experts. It carries out first official assessments between autumn and the following May, carefully following the development of plants sent by breeders from all around the world. It awards scores for robustness, development, foliage, fragrance, resistance to pests, persistence, the flower’s interest and novelty, among other things. The second official assessment is made on site by the International Jury during the competition. It awards scores for the flower’s interest, novelty, fragrance and the rose shrub's aesthetics.

In addition, a special jury made up of the world's best Master Perfumers also examines the new varieties to choose the one that presents the best fragrance, according to their criteria.


History of the rose bush from Parc Cervantes

The Parc Cervantes Rose Garden is, today, one of Barcelona’s most iconic green spaces, not just for its popularity and unique species but also for the clear beauty of its environment. It is a privileged spot that highlights the botanical, aesthetic and educational values of roses.

It was created in 1965 by the architects Lluís Riudor and Joaquim Maria Casamor, and currently holds over 2,000 different species and varieties of rose shrubs, bringing together more than 10,000 plants in an area of 4 hectares.

In 2011 the Cervantes Rose Garden received the 2009 Award of Garden Excellence", given to this green city space by the World Federation of Rose Societies "in recognition of its beauty, history and educational value”. A commemorative plaque at the entrance recalls this distinction for the benefit of visitors.

The Parc de Cervantes Rose Garden contains all the representative species from the history of rose shrubs as well as modern varieties. You can find collections of wild, ancient and modern hybrid and creeping rose shrubs there as well as a “perfume garden” offering a collection of extremely fragrant rose shrubs and a space reserved for the prizewinners at the previous international competitions held in Barcelona.

And if you would like to find out more, there are online tools at your disposal from the "Vivir los Parques" [Experience Parks] platform offered by the Asociación Española de Parques y Jardines Públicos.


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