The marvellous different roses in our gardens are the result of the meticulous, patient work of rose breeders, researchers and gardeners;
let’s meet a few..
Rose breeder of the month: Louis Lens (Belgium, 1924-2001)
Louis Lens inherited his grandfather’s and father’s nursery in 1870, in Malines, Belgium. The nursery was already well known in Europe for its production of roses.
His passion and unrelenting desire to breed new varieties offer an important contribution to the development of his collection of roses and to the fame of the nursery. Louis, in fact, dedicated his life to breeding roses, starting with the much loved Hybrid Musks, in order to unite – like with his famous Ballerina Rose, which he often used in his experiments – noteworthy repeat flowering, hardiness and vigor, resistance to diseases, elegance and a spontaneous deportment, and a production of hips in autumn.
Through the years, he was able to create and place different Hybrids on the market, beautiful roses like Tapis Volant in 1982, Bouquet Parfait in 1989, Plaisanterie in 1996 and many more.
Louis Lens was, in a way, the forerunner of the Natural Garden; much of his work aimed towards creating strong, rustic plants that did not need particular interventions – neither pruning nor phytosanitary cures. And so, the roses of Louis Lens express themselves best is left to grow freely, stretching and arching their vigorous stems to the ground to create a splendid cascade of blossoms. And this is why his work inspires sympathy and admiration in gardeners who are sensitive to the environment and themes regarding biodiversity.
The nursery has recently passed into the hands of Rudy and Anne Velle-Boudolf.
For more information: www.lens-roses.be
Grande Enciclopedia Illustrata ROSE – The Royal Horticultural Society – de Agostini.
See the list of roses we cultivate: