Date posted: 12 April 2017
A highly fragrant, tall hybrid tea rose from France has been crowned the 2017 winner of the National Rose Trial Garden People's Choice Weekend.
More than 650 people cast their votes from a selection of about 50 roses last Saturday and Sunday (8-9 April), but it was the fragrant pink beauty - bred by Meilland International Roses of France and introduced to Australia by Corporate Roses of South Australia - that came out on top (it was marked number 3 on the day, for those who attended).
The National Rose Trial Garden, located within Adelaide Botanic Garden's International Rose Garden, grows only new varieties of roses that aren't currently available for sale in Australia.
The Trial Garden is used to assess if the roses are suitable for growing in our climate, soil, etc. and this helps develop and promote Australian rose breeding, plus allows valuable feedback from you - the public. If the roses are successful, they may be put forward for commercial sale.
Each year the People's Choice Weekend calls on the public to have their say on which is the prettiest of them all, and the visitor who picks the winning sequence of roses also goes home with a gardening prize pack.
This year the lucky winner was Marion Daniel from the Barossa Valley.
If you missed the People's Choice Weekend, never fear - you can still see the roses, including the winner (in the bed marked 222), at the National Rose Trial Garden.
Gold, silver, bronze and Certificate of Merit Awards will be handed out in the official Trial Awards in October.