History of MRS
MRS Public Garden
Bronze Medal Awards
Rose of the Month For January, 2010
by Lydia Treadway
The birth of the “Modern Rose” begins with hybrid teas. This happened when crossing a hardy and vigorous hybrid perpetual rose with a tender repeat blooming tea rose.
'La France' is recognized to be the first hybrid tea rose and it was created by the French company Guillot & Fils in 1867. The news of a new, exciting way of creating the modern roses was spread throughout England and Germany. Bennett in England and Joseph Perent-Ducher in France raised the new hybrid teas by deliberate cross-pollination. In Germany, Peter Lambert did the same. The results were brilliant and the future of the hybrid tea roses was assured.
'La France' is a profuse bloomer with long pointed buds that often hold 60 petals. When it opens, it displays large silvery pink flowers and they nod down elegantly. It has a strong and sweet Damask fragrance and its ARS rating is 7.1.
Drawing of ‘La France’ from Le Livre d’Or des Roses by Paul Heriot, 1903
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