A rose by any other name would smell as sweet – but then, what exactly is a rose? At Gardens by the Bay’s Flower Dome’s Rose Romance floral display, running from now till 14th July, visitors can expect to learn about the rich heritage and variety of everyone’s favourite symbol of love, including cultivars and varietals that do not resemble the conventional rose.
The most popularised version of the rose we think about is in fact, the Hybrid Tea Rose cultivar, which was introduced in 1867 and gained widespread popularity in the 20th century. Roses of this cultivar are the most common today and are also mistakenly regarded as the “classic” rose shape. Yet, there is far more history that lies behind this ancient flower, with centuries of history that has taken the flower through years of enthusiastic hybridisation and bred remarkably diverse types, differing greatly in shape and structure.
With the Rose Romance display then, come admire the over 40 varieties of roses on show as they adorn a romantic European garden setting. These rose vines trail down from trellises and arches, growing amidst ruins reminiscent of castles of long ago, and surround a tower reminiscent of the famous balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet. Expect to see exclusive roses specially brought in from English and French rose nurseries, with the nurseries themselves famous for their rosarians’ who won national recognition for their pioneering work in roses, and continue to hybridise exclusive roses even today. Some roses to look out for are Princess Anne, a fragrant, deep pink rose named for British royalty; the Lady of Shalott, which bears the name of the classic Tennyson poem and produces stunning salmon-pink blooms; and the surprising Angèle Pernet, with its whimsical and of an unusual colour gradation.
Says Gardens by the Bay Senior Director of Conservatory Operations Andy Kwek: “While roses are well-loved, people may not be aware of the deep heritage and range of this remarkable flower that has existed through the centuries. Rose Romance will surprise and delight visitors with myriad and unexpected varieties that showcase the rich legacy of roses.”
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Rose Romance runs at the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay till 14th July 2019. For more information, visit their website here