From 6 to 8 May the rose garden at Parc de Cervantes will be playing host to activities set around the latest edition of the Barcelona International New Rose Competition, to mark their first spring bloom.
A programme packed with activities such as an information session on roses, a culinary and floral-art demonstration and live music, plus the traditional popular vote for the Citizen Rose, invites city residents to come over and enjoy some of Barcelona’s most unique green spaces.
Last year, close to ten thousand visitors dropped by to see the rose garden in the Parc de Cervantes during the days of the rose competition.
The competition features six prizes in its official section: the main one is the special Barcelona prize for most outstanding rose. Seven further prizes will be awarded for all the varieties entered into the competition by citizen associations. As for the 2011 Citizen Rose, this will be decided by popular vote.
The seven prizes from the non-official section include a new one this year for best rose, the School Rose Prize, which will be voted for by children from the city’s schools.
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 of these gardens specially reserved for prize-winning roses from each of the competition’s editions has received considerable international acclaim.
The roses entered in the competition were created by plant breeders by crossing existing species. Never seen by the public before, these are varieties that have not yet been marketed. This year 61 rose varieties were presented at the rose competition, hailing from 16 plant breeders from 7 countries.