A fairytale in Copenhagen

Whether single or double – a rose is a fairytale. And fairytale roses make us dream. Dream of beauty, romance, love, passion and long forgotten tales of woe. And of the loveliest gardens, gentle scents, summer days and get-togethers.
This fairytale will come thrue from the 28th of June to the 4th of July 2018.

One of the settings will be the Copenhagen City Hall – here the City of Copenhagen will host a reception for World Federation of Rose Societies.
We have also arranged tours to several of Copenhagen’s parks and gardens together with a visit to the Northern part of Zealand, to see Fredensborg Castle, Bernstorff Castle and other different sites like:

The Gerlev Park (Gerlevparken)

The Gerlev Rose Park is landscaped and owned by The Foundation of Trees and Environment. The large 10 hectare park includes the Danish Tree Collection, a collection of indigenous trees and plants and 2 beautiful rose gardens. The first rose garden was brought about by the late Queen Ingrid, who was the patroness of the foundation from 1979-2000. The garden is a collection of Valdemar Petersen’s old roses. Valdemar Petersen (1901- 1986) is the grand old man of old roses in Denmark. As a young gardener he worked in France, where his interest in old roses was born. Late in life he collected lots of old roses in his nursery, and thanks to him the interest in and knowledge of old roses in Denmark increased. Today his nursery is owned by Torben Thim, who will be the keynote lecturer on Roses in Denmark in Copenhagen in 2018.

‘Naomi Renaissance’ - the top award winning rose in Monza for fragrance. Photo: Poulsen Roser A/S.

Fredensborg Castle

Fredensborg Castle is the official summer residence of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II. The palace gardens, which include a rose garden laid out in 2011, are among Denmark's largest historical gardens, and are Denmark’s finest example of a baroque garden. The rose garden was a present for Queen Margrethe in celebration of her 70th birthday in 2010. The design is a new version of the old rose garden which the late Queen Ingrid created in The Reserved Garden of the Palace Gardens This rose garden was inspired by the pattern on Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, designed by Michelangelo around the year 1530. The remount roses in the garden display a firework of colors and intense scent experiences throughout the summer.

The Valby Park

The Valby Park is Copenhagen’s largest public park covering an area of 64 hectare. It includes a rose garden with 12.000 roses.

Rosenborg Castle

Rosenborg Castle, built in the beginning of the 17th Century by the famous King Christian IV, is situated in The King’s Garden in the center of Copenhagen. The garden of course includes a rose garden.

The Bernstorff Park

The Bernstorff Park surrounds Bernstorff Castle. In it you find the recently restored Queen Louise’s Rose Garden, a garden laid out in the 19th Century. The roses are standard roses because the ladies at that time wore large crinoline dresses and therefore could not bend down and smell the roses. Queen Louise’s Rose Garden is a parterre garden in a unique design, where all standard roses are cut and shaped to look like crinoline skirts.

A Fairytale Monarchy

”There lived once a great queen, in whose garden were found, at all seasons, the most splendid flowers, and from every land in the world. She specially loved roses, and therefore she possessed the most beautiful varieties of this flower, from the wild hedge-rose, with its apple-scented leaves, to the splendid Provence rose. They grew near the shelter of the walls, wound themselves round columns and window-frames, and crept along passages and over the ceilings of the halls. They were of every fragrance and colour.”

Thus begins Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale ”The loveliest rose in the world”. The essence of the fairytale is The Rose as symbol of love.


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