To mark the rose flowering season, Barcelona City Council is organizing the Barcelona International New Rose Competition, which takes place in the Parc de Cervantes Rose Garden.
The competition is aimed at breeders and growers of new rose species, as well as to the citizens of Barcelona, with a program of activities for all audiences, such as floral art and cuisine demonstrations and concerts.
The Barcelona International New Rose Competition was founded in 2001 to promote the rose garden and raise its public profile, faithful to Barcelona's rose tradition dating back to the early 20th century.
It is a world-renowned competition. The roses presented at it have been created by plant breeders by crossing existing rose species. These varieties have therefore never been marketed or seen by the public. A reserved area of the Rose Garden is home to the winning rosebushes from each edition.
The 21st International Rose Competition was held over the weekend of 7 to 9 May 2021
This year, health restrictions made it impossible to carry out some of the usual annual activities, such as the culinary fair, the floral art displays and the concert by the Cobla de Sant Jordi. However, there were still guided tours around the rose garden (with limited places) and the voting for the Citizens Rose.
This year's competition saw 29 breeders from 9 countries take part, presenting a total of 87 new rose varieties, including: 23 tea and grandiflora hybrids, 38 repeat-flowering floribundas, 11 landscape shrubs, 3 miniatures, 4 carpet roses and 6 climbing varieties. The countries taking part this year were: Germany, Belgium, Denmark, USA, Spain, France, Italy, Japan and the Netherlands.
Prizes awarded at the Barcelona International New Roses Competition
The flowers awarded prizes in the 2021 edition by the international jury and the standing committee can be viewed here.
The Barcelona International New Rose Competition includes prizes in the official category (awarded by the international jury and the standing committee) as well as prizes granted by associations and the general public.
Official category: prizes awarded by the international jury and the standing committee:
- Barcelona Prize
- Prize for the best grandiflora-tea hybrid rose
- Prize for the best floribunda / repeat-flowering rose
- Prize for the best landscape / shrub rose
- Prize for the best carpet rose
- Prize for the best miniature rose
- Prize for the best climbing rose
- Prize for the most vigorous variety (from the Spanish Public Parks and Gardens Association)
- Prize for the variety with the best flowers (from the Spanish Rose Association)
- Second prize for the variety with the best flowers (from the Spanish Rose Association)
- Prize for the most original variety (Amics de les Roses de Sant Feliu de Llobregat)
- Second prize for the most original variety (Amics de les Roses de Sant Feliu de Llobregat)
- Prize for the most fragrant variety (Amics dels Jardins)
- Second prize for the most fragrant variety (Amics dels Jardins)
- 2021 Virtual rose extraordinary prize and 2 runners-up
Prizes from the general public and organisations
- 2021 Citizens Rose Prize
- Senior Citizens Rose Award
- Escola Castell de Sant Foix Prize
- Institut Pedralbes Prize
We were unable to award the following prize this year, due to health restrictions:
- Rose with the Best Fragrance (Master Perfumers)
The international jury is made up of professionals from the world of gardening and rose bushes, as well as creators from other disciplines, and its members vary every year.
The standing committee is made up of local professionals and experts. It carries out one of the official assessments between autumn and the following May, carefully following the development of the plants sent by breeders from all over the world. It awards marks for robustness, development, foliage, fragrance, resistance to pests, resilience, or the flower's degree of originality and interest, among other things. The second official assessment is made on site by the international jury during the competition. The jury awards marks for the flower’s interest, originality and fragrance and the aesthetics of the rose bush.
Furthermore, as a consequence of travel restrictions and in order to facilitate the participation of jury members as much as possible, an entirely virtual, extraordinary evaluation was planned, giving rise to some special prize
History of the Parc de Cervantes Rose Garden
The Parc de Cervantes Rose Garden 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 brings together over 2,000 different species and varieties of rose bushes, with a total of more than 10,000 plants over 4 hectares.
In 2011, the Cervantes Rose Garden received the 2009 Award of Garden Excellence given by the World Federation of Rose Societies 'in recognition of its beauty, history and educational value'.
At the Parc de Cervantes Rose Garden, you will find all the representative species from the history of rose bushes as well as modern varieties. There are collections of wild roses, ancient and modern hybrids, and climbing roses. The perfume garden houses a collection of the most perfumed roses as well as an area reserved for the winning roses from previous competitions.
Visit the park through the Spanish Association of Public Parks and Gardens’ virtual platform 'Vivir los Parques':
- Honors of the International Rose Contest 2021
- Honors of the International Rose Contest 2020
- Honors of the International Rose Contest 2019
- Honors of the International Rose Contest 2018
- Honors of the International Rose Contest 2017
- Honors of the International Rose Contest 2016
- Honors of the International Rose Contest 2015
- Honors of the International Rose Contest 2014
- Honors of the International Rose Contest 2013
- Honors of the International Rose Contest 2010
- Honors of the International Rose Contest 2009
- Guide of the Parc de Cervantes Rose Garden