Date posted: 16 April 2018
A large gold-flowered, floribunda rose from Germany has been crowned the 2018 winner of the National Rose Trial Garden People’s Choice Weekend.
More than 830 people cast their votes from a selection of 23 roses last Saturday and Sunday (7-8 April), but it was the gold flower with mid-green glossy foliage floribunda named “Golden Beauty” (rose number 6 on the day, for those that attended) that came out on top.
The rose was bred by W Kordes & Son from Germany and introduced to Australia by Treloar Roses of Victoria. It's due for release for sale in 2020.
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 Sally Choo from the northern suburbs.
If you missed the People's Choice Weekend, never fear - you can still see the roses, including the winner (in the bed marked 13), 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.