Copenhagen, 28 June – 4 July 2018


Arrival and registration
Place: Tivoli Congress Center

Arrival and registration
Place: Tivoli Congress Center

Meet & Greet
Place: Copenhagen City Hall

The impressive 19th century Copenhagen City Hall in the very heart of Copenhagen will house our informal Meet & Greet. The Danish Rose Society has obtained exclusive use of the beautiful hall for exhibitions during the Convention. The winning entries in the photo contest will be displayed on the movable exhibition walls as well as unique artwork in patch-work, all set in an ambience of roses and fairy tales. The Meet & Greet is a great opportunity to enjoy the exhibition. The very next afternoon, the Danish florists will fill the City Hall.
The Danish Floral Art Championship sponsored by INTERFLORA with the theme “Roses and Fairytales” will take place Saturday and Sunday. The flower decorations will subsequently be exhibited in the City Hall, and you can visit and see them also on the following days.

09.00-12.00   Executive Meeting I
13.00-15.00   Publications Committee Meeting
15.00-17.00   Awards Committee Meeting I
Place: IDA mødecenter


Opening ceremony
Place: Copenhagen City Hall

The Opening Ceremony will take place in Copenhagen City Hall. The Lord Mayor of Copenhagen will greet and welcome us and after the official Ceremony, the City of Copenhagen will host a light buffet lunch of the renowned traditional City Hall Pancakes with wine and refreshments.

An afternoon at Rosenborg Castle
Place: The King’s Garden and Rosenborg Castle and Garden

There will be a shuttle bus if needed, but if you can walk, don’t miss this stroll with guides through the old city. This easy 1.1 km walk at a relaxed pace on pedestrian streets through the lively center of Copenhagen will take you to The Kings Garden, where you will find the 16th century Rosenborg Castle.

The Rosenborg Caste is built on the Castle Island surrounded by a moat. A narrow bridge leads you over the moat to the Castle Island.

On the lawns in front of Rosenborg Castle the North European world famous rose breeders, Danish Poulsen Roses, English Austin Roses, and North German Kordes Roses and Tantau Roses will create a display with their most fragrant roses, just as at famous flower shows. Participants are invited to vote for the most beautiful rose and for the most fragrant rose. The winners will be announced at the celebration the following day in Valby Park. Make sure you arrive in front of Rosenborg Castle no later than 13.45.

At 14.00, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary will baptise the convention rose, bred by Poulsen Roses.

You will also have the opportunity to take a walk in the Kings Garden and visit the Renaissance Rose Garden as well as exploring the castle and the exhibition of the Crown Jewels.
Cold and hot drinks and light snacks will be available throughout the afternoon.
The Queens Guard close the gates at 17.00.

Evening at leisure.

17.30 - 19.30   Conservation and Heritage Rose Committee Meeting
20.00 - 21.00  Awards Committee Meeting II
Place: IDA Mødecenter


Nordic lectures (All lectures will be in English)
Place: Tivoli Congress Center

08.30-09.30 Denmark
09.30-10.00 Sweden
10.00-10.30 BREAK
10.30-11.00 Iceland
11.00-11.30 Norway
11.30-12.00 Finland
(A detailed lecture program will be published later)

12.00-12.30 Presentation of regional conventions
Bruxelles, Belgium – Heritage Convention, 2020
Fukuyama, Japan – Regional Convention, 2022
Place: Tivoli Congress Center

An afternoon of celebration in Valby Park.
Place: Valby Park

Shuttle buses will take you to Valby Park, the biggest park in Copenhagen, situated only 5 km from Tivoli Congress Centre.
In Valby Park we will – starting with a lunch – celebrate 50 years of WFRS.
Our President will give his celebration speech, and the President and all former Presidents present will act as Godmothers and -fathers to a rose, bred by Rosa Eskelund, commemorating the event.
The afternoon will also give you time to enjoy the rose garden (12.000 roses), the newly laid-out Nordic rose bed, to join in guided tours of the themed gardens, to enjoy a catwalk of dresses with Roses and Fairytales in sustainable materials designed and created by Kirsten Bech Morin and the announcement of the winners of yesterday’s rose trial at Rosenborg Castle.

On Saturday evening, you may wish to spend time in Tivoli Gardens. If you do spend the evening there and wish to enjoy a dinner with friends,  it is necessary to book a table.
Or enjoy the evening in lively and cozy Nyhavn, where the restaurants along the pier have indoor and outdoor serving of Danish seafood and traditional Danish cuisine - throughout the evening.


Promotion Committee Meeting
Place: Tivoli Congress Center

All Day Tour:
This lovely summer Sunday will take us to the royal palace of Fredensborg – the Queen’s summer residence. Here we will visit the beautiful park and the rose garden, and a rose chosen by His Royal Highness Prince Henrik will be baptised in his honour.
Next stop will be at the impressive baroque park at Frederiksborg Castle.
We will continue to Gerlev Parken – an arboretum – with two important rose collections:

  1. The renowned nurseryman and breeder (‘Aïcha’, ‘Fenja’ and ‘Menja’) Valdemar Petersen’s collection of heritage roses
  2. The collection from four generations of the Poulsen family.

This very special place in Danish rose history is being maintained by Friends of the Garden. The Friends will meet us and be our guides all afternoon.
Going back to Copenhagen we will visit one of the most modern garden centres in Denmark -Plantorama Hillerød.  Here we will enjoy a light supper before returning to Copenhagen.
This afternoon we will also name a rose bred by Poulsen Roses to commemorate The Danish Rose Society’s 25th anniversary.

Price per person: DKK 565

19.00-20.00   International Judges Committee Meeting
20.00-22.00   International Rose Trials, Classification and Registration, Breeders Club Meeting
Place: Tivoli Congress Center

Evening at leisure.



Lectures: THE PAST

08.30-09.45 Lecture (WFRS)
09.45-10.30 Lecture
10.30-11.00 BREAK
11.00-11.45 Lecture
11.45-12.30 Lecture
Place: Tivoli Congress Center

Lunch + Visit to Private Rose Gardens A+B (2 different tours which are also offered on 3 and 4 July, so you do not have to miss anything, simply choose your preferred date)

17.30-19.00   Convention Committee Meeting
20.00-            Council meeting
Place: Tivoli Congress Center

Evening at leisure.



08.30-09.15 Lecture
09.15-10.00 Lecture
10.00-10.30 BREAK
10.30-11.15 Lecture
11.15-12.00 Lecture
12.00-12.30 Presentation of regional conventions
Nanyang, China – Regional Convention, 2019
Kolkata, India – Regional Convention, 2020
Place: Tivoli Congress Center

Lunch+Visit to Private Rose Gardens A+B (2 different tours which are also offered on 2 and 4 July, so you do not have to miss anything, simply choose your preferred date)

18.00 - 20.00  Executive Committee Meeting II
Place: Tivoli Congress Center

20.00            Friends of the Federation dinner
Place: IDA Mødecenter

Evening at leisure.



Lectures: THE FUTURE

08.30-09.15 Lecture
09.15-10.00 Lecture
10.00-10.30 BREAK
10.30-12.00 Breeders Club
12.00-12.30 Presentation of 19th WRC
Place: Tivoli Congress Center

Lunch+Visit to Private Rose Gardens A+B (2 different tours which are also offered on 2 and 3 July, so you do not have to miss anything, simply choose your preferred date)

Farewell Dinner & Closing Ceremony
Place: Langelinie Pavillonen

18.00-19.00 Canal Boats will take us through Copenhagen Harbor along the narrow canals passing houseboats and low bridges as they built them in the 16th century. We board the Canal boat at the pier by the Fish Market. 200 metres from Tivoli Hotel and disembark at Langelinie next to The Little Mermaid. From here it is only 50 metres to Langelinie Pavillon and the farewell Dinner. Shuttle buses bring us back to Tivoli Hotel in 15 min.
It’s a 5 km drive, but there is also a pedestrian walk along the harbour.

Price per person: DKK 525

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