Family : Rosaceae
Class : Hybrid Tea
Text and pictures © Giuseppe Mazza
English translation by Peter Thompson
Without any doubt one of the most beautiful roses of the twentieth century, created in France by Meilland in 1942, and used as a symbol, in the post-war period, of the renewed peace between peoples.
Enormous flower, with 40-43 pale yellow petals, a pink margin and an intense perfume which lasts for a very long time.
It is known also as ‘Béke’, ‘Fredsrosen’, ‘Gloria Dei’, ‘Madame Antoine Meilland’ and ‘3-35-40’, the famous abbreviation with which it was sent to USA in the middle of the war.
Seed : (‘George Dickson’ × ‘Souvenir de Claudius Pernet’) × (‘Joanna Hill’ × ‘Charles P. Kilham’)
Pollen : ‘Margaret McGredy’
1942 - Lyon Rose Trials : Gold Medal
1944 - Portland Rose Trials : Gold Medal
1946 - All-America Rose Selection
1947 - American Rose Society : National Gold Medal Certificate
1947 - Royal National Rose Society : Gold Medal
1965 - The Hague Gold Medal
1976 - World Federation of Rose Societies : Rose Hall of Fame (The World’s Favourite Rose)
1998 - Court of Show / Honor : Baton Rouge Rose Society - Patrick Henry Rose Society
1999 - Belleville Area Rose Society Summer Show : King of Show
1999 - Court of Show / Honor : Missoula Rose Society - Potomac Rose Society
1999 - Rosexpo Montreal : Best Yellow Rose
2000 - Medford Rose Society : King of Show
2000 - Queen of Show : Greater Cincinnati Rose Society - Marin Rose Society
2001 - Court of Show / Honor : Rogue Valley Rose Society 2001 - St. Vrain Rose Society
2001 - Queen of Show : Cleveland & Lincoln County Rose Society Show - York Area Rose Society