Flower Carpet rose inducted into the Rose Hall of Fame

Photo Melanie Trimper

THE World Federation of Rose Societies Rose Hall of Fame and Old Rose Hall of Fame inductees have benn announced in Adelaide. Anthony Tesselaar and Reinhard Noack were in Adelaide to receive a painting and acknowledgement of their ‘Flower Carpet Pink’ rose’s induction into the WFRS Rose Hall of Fame at the Opening Ceremony of the 19th WFRS World Rose Convention at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

The creator of ‘Flower Carpet Pink’ Werner Noack passed away recently at the age of 95. Fortunately, his son, who is carrying on the family business Noack Roses, attended to receive the award. Anthony Tesselaar, based in Victoria, has managed the Flower Carpet collection of roses globally since its inception. Sales of this rose now exceed 100 million plants globally in 34 years.

Werner Noack bred ‘Flower Carpet Pink’ in Germany in 1988 and was one of the first to market his new varieties as ‘ground cover roses’. Flower Carpet Pink was introduced in Australia in 1991. It features small, deep-pink, double blooms, produced in clusters throughout the season, with arching, bushy and spreading growth (60cm tall x 1-2m wide) with glossy green, disease-resistant foliage.

These roses captured the imagination of all gardeners but particularly non-gardeners. No deadheading and no routine spraying is required, simply an annual prune, a thick layer of mulch to smother weeds and regular water in the first year until established.

There is no better proof of performance than multi-year trials held around the world. To date, the Flower Carpet collection has received 11 gold medals and 14 other international awards. Noack’s Agent in Australia, Tesselaar International, also carry out their own trials to ensure that new varieties will be outstanding performers in our region as well. Flower Carpet® now has 12 varieties in the collection.

Inducted into the WFRS Old Rose Hall of Fame was ‘Comte de Chambord’, a repeat flowering Portland rose from 1860 bred by Robert Moreau. This is a charming rose with true Old Rose character. It has a light magenta colour and large flowers which open flat and quartered. Blooms have a lovely intense Old Rose Damask scent. It is a hardy upright shrub bush growing up to 1.5m. This rose is stocked by Wagner’s Rose Nursery.

Matt Coulter

Photo Rose Society of SA

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