Gold for Bees Paradise Roses

Bienenweide Rose Gelb – photo: Tantau

Bienenweide Rose Gelb – photo: Tantau

At this month held Spring Florall Fair in Belgium the Gold Medal for novelties went to the Bienenweide Rosen concept. Belgian grower Van Sante Carl from Wetteren submitted the concept to the trade fair and used the name ‘Bijenweelde’ (Bees’ Wealth). It is based on rose varieties from German rose breeder Tantau. Bienenweide roses are described as a delight for every garden and nature lover. “They grow dense, compact and bushy, almost pillow-shaped and are enormously floriferous. All Bienenweide rose varieties are single flowered or semi-doubled flowered. Their rich stock of pollen and nectar is easily accessible for bees and other insects. The varieties are self-cleaning and according to Tantau surprisingly sturdy.
Bienenweide Rosen are literally translated Bee Meadow Roses. On the Tantau website also the name Bees Paradise Roses can be found. They come in six colours: red, white, apricot, yellow, pink and light red.
The Florall expert jury particularly appreciated the focus on roses as utility plants, in addition to their ornamental qualities and their fragrance. The jury also mentioned that bees are more or less dependent on single flowered plants. Furthermore, a yellow heart increases the visibility of flowers for bees.